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George Ward
George Ward

Freelance journalist based in Bristol. Can be found at the Grain Barge, Rough Trade or in his tiny basement bedroom writing for CLUNK.

Liverpool post-punk band STONE release ‘Money (Hope Ain’t Gone)’, a new single and a taste of their upcoming debut EP ‘Punkadonk

Following performances supporting Yungblud and Sam Fender as well as an appearance and Reading & Leeds, STONE are currently touring with Inhaler then The Wombats. They are a very busy band.

This relentless energy is definitely present in their new single, ‘Money (Hope Ain’t Gone)’; its sound is infectious and filled with the power of a live performance. 

The track is powered by driving guitars and drums from Elliot Gill and Alex Smith. The production is clean but just raw enough to bring these vital elements the visceral quality that they need. The highlight of the track comes in the pre-chorus breakdown where the band cuts out, leaving only a wavy guitar line, before the tempo slowly accelerates and Smith’s drums build the energy once again into the raucous chorus. This technique builds the listener’s excitement massively and the payoff is definitely worth it.

Fin Power’s vocals are just as powerful as any indie-rock frontman and, co-written with Gill, their lyrics are emotionally effective. Their goal was to share the anxieties they both face while also showcasing “love, hate and hope for the future” and this is all successful. 

For the anxiety, see the driving guitars and uneasy acceleration. For love and hope, see the optimistic melody and the infectious energy that never fades throughout.

STONEdebut EP, ‘Punkadonk’ is out this November via Polydor Records.

Listen to ‘Money (Hope Ain’t Gone)’ here:

Catch STONE at the following: 

Rock City, Nottingham (w/ The Wombats) – 22nd October

O2 Academy, Birmingham (w/ The Wombats) – 23rd October

UEA, Norwich (w/ The Wombats) – 25th October

NX, Newcastle (w/ The Wombats) – 27th October

O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester (w/ The Wombats) – 28th October

Jack Saunders’ Hopscotch @ Omeara, London – 11th November

The Ferret, Preston – 18th November

Foundry, Sheffield – 26th November

Omeara, London – 11th April 2023

Cluny, Newcastle – 13th April 2023

SWG3 Warehouse, Glasgow – 14th April 2023

Junction 2, Cambridge – 15th April 2023

The Castle & The Falcon, Birmingham – 18th April 2023

Wardrobe, Leeds – 19th April 2023

Metronome, Nottingham – 21st April 2023

O2 Academy, Liverpool – 22nd April 2023

Thekla, Bristol – 23rd April 2023