Coming original with a new blend of Southern California rock infused reggae, Stone Senses have been taking the West Coast music scene by storm since 2004. Hailing from Carlsbad, CA in North County San Diego, Stone Senses have set out to embody the upbeat, positive nature of the scene that they grew up in. Traditional reggae acts like Steel Pulse and Toots and The Maytals, to the modern rock reggae of 311 and Bad Brains, have influenced Stone Senses to create their own niche in the rock reggae world.
Stone Senses members include many veterans of the San Diego music scene:
Mike O’Gara (Guitar, Vocals), Eric Castaneda (Vocals), Garrett Grabowsky (Guitar), John Laue (Drums), and Charlie Ball (Bass).
“Harder than the Rest,” Stone Senses’ first full- length album, catapulted the band from a back- yard party band to a legitimate touring group on the reggae rock circuit. Tracks like “Broken Crown” and “Open Mind,” embody their positive attitude, soulful lyrics and a knack for writing both mature and thoughtful compositions. “Adelitas” foreshadows the heavier side of rock reggae that future Stone Senses songs would follow.
Stone Senses second full- length “Live It Up” was released August 8th, 2008. With 12 tracks that range from rolling ska rockers like “Live it Up” to smooth reggae grooves like “Wait.” The album touches everyone’s musical taste buds. Beautiful melodies come from two promising vocalists, who, in contrast are as different as the songs they appear in. Warm, intelligent bass lines and amazing guitar solos finish off this well rounded sophomore album.
Both Stone Senses albums have received airplay around the world on both conventional radio and internet radio stations. Local San Diego stations that have played tracks include FM 94/9, 91X, and Rock 105.3.
Currently, Stone Senses is completing the band’s third independently released full- length album “Exception to the Rule.” Recorded at Studio West in their hometown of San Diego, Stone Senses continues to expand the rock reggae genre with more heavy rock and even metal influences on tracks like “Good Day to Start a Riot” and “Tuff Guy.” However, at the same time retaining their roots influences with their cover of Steel Pulse’s track “Your House” and their psychedelic-dub influences in their “S.I.T.B.W” track.
Playing almost 600 shows since late 2004, Stone Senses have been playing to sold out crowds at some of Southern California’s finest venues and festivals, including:
The House of Blues San Diego, The Sound Wave, The Wave House, The Bellyup Tavern, The Coachhouse, The Galaxy, The OC Tavern, Brixton Southbay, The Blue Café, Cane’s, The Malibu Inn, Soma, Reggae Day at The Del Mar Fair, Harrah’s Rincon, The Fiesta Del Sol, NAMM Show in 2008 and 2009 and the Maloof Money Cup in 2010.
Stone Senses have shared the stage with many national touring acts, including Trical Seeds, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Don Carlos, The Abyssianians, Groundation, Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Half Pint, The Aggrolites, The Dirty Heads, Mikey Dread, The Expendables, Natural Vibrations, OPM, Ooklah The Moc, SOJA, John Brown’s Body, Mystic Roots, Bedouin Soundclash, Common Sense, Rebelution, Inhale, and Iration.
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