Stone Mecca Releases 'Alienman'
Today, Dallas-based blues-funk guitar god STONE MECCA released his fiery new LP Alienman, garnering praise and comparisons to Prince, Lenny Kravitz, and Gary Clark, Jr. With his own unique blues-rock blend, Stone carries on the legacies of the greats as he combines his love of hard-hitting hip-hop beats with funk-driven bass lines, grinding riffs, and soulful melodies, and forges his own formidable sonic forification which trips along genre lines and refuses to be confined--or contained.
Alienman is an impressive set that tackles everything from societal issues to cheating lovers; album single "Boogeyman," which premiered at American Songwriter, was a commentary on racism in the media. Of the song, Stone said, "I was thinking about how the media perpetuates this idea that people should be scared of the black man. I use this song to change the negative into a positive--turning that fear into power and omniscience. We are ingrained in to this society--in this world--and our creativity and inclusiveness has influenced culture in so many ways that, love us or hate us, we'll always be here." In title track "Alienman," which premiered at Pure Grain Audio, Stone transmits a call to the cosmos, asking outer space for help in these perilous times. From the very onset of the album's intro--a snippet of a song made up by Stone's five-year-old son about not allowing fear to hold you back, to "Eloise," a foot-stomping anthropomorphic tribute to his guitar, Alienman is a guitar-driven, fire-breathing, heart-pounding journey through the spectrum of life's experiences.
Stone has also put his stamp on everything from movie soundtracks (Django Unchained, Friday, and Blade among others), to global superstars' albums--Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Wu-Tang, and Kanye West, to name a few. As RZA's (Wu-Tang Clan) musical director and band leader, they've performed rocked out sets at sold-out shows all over the world since 2008, billed as "RZA ft. Stone Mecca"- most recently at SXSW and the Fortress Festival. With a tight, energetic band, Stone's live set packs the walls with a titanic sound, a glimpse of which can be seen in the recently-released live performance video of album track "If Experience Was Money." Stone Mecca will celebrate the release of Alienman with a show a The Granada Theater in Dallas on November 9th, click HERE for show information.