Some eras of music are punctuated by the response of artist to the political climate, we are in one of those times. For all of us who where around during the Reagan/Thatcher years we understand that there are times when artist need to make and help spread a message. This track ‘Season of Change’ does all that and more. People have the power to make a difference , you have the power to make this a season of change.
Paul Weller-produced album ‘Street Rituals’ featuring vocal and musical contributions from
Paul Weller, Bettye Lavette and William Bell released March 31st on 100% Records
UK tour dates announced include Teenage Cancer Trust at London’s Royal Albert Hall on March 31st
‘Street Rituals’ is the new studio album from Midlands band Stone Foundation – set for release on March 31st via 100% Records. The album features ten new songs, produced by Paul Weller, who also features on all the tracks (piano, guitar and vocal, including lead vocal on ‘Your Balloon Is Rising’). as well as vocal contributions from both William Bell and Bettye Lavette.
Featuring the unmistakable vocal power of US soul legend Bettye LaVette, ‘Season of Change’ is Stone Foundation at the peak of their political and social awareness – a song that perfectly highlights the world’s inability to prevent itself from repeating past mistakes, but with a distinct message of hope in that we can all do something to change the course of the negative decisions of the people in power.
The music video for ‘Season of Change’ also perfectly illustrates everything the band passionately care about in their songwriting; social justice and action by the man on the street, whoever and wherever you are. However big or small the issues you face – everyone should make their feelings known and take ownership. The powerful clip features news footage from decades of international oppression, including footage of the recent worldwide Women’s March, but also reinforcing the bands firm belief that there will always be those people striving to do good for others….and that we need much more of those ‘Street Rituals’. Especially it would seem, in 2017.
Stone Foundation’s Neil Jones on the song: “It’s that age-old conundrum of the human race never seeming to learn from past mistakes. When will we pull together and stop fighting each other?!? We wanted to have a gritty southern soul feel to the song to convey the passion and urgency of the lyrics….and Bettye tells a story like no other singer really. To hear her voice expressing the lyrics adds more weight and belief to a song we are really proud of.”
The band’s Neil Sheasby adds: “We always heard a female voice to put the message of ‘Season of Change’ across and who better than Bettye LaVette? She is the singer’s singer. A bona fide voice of authenticity and authority. When Bettye sings people listen. She commands respect and makes sentiments such as ‘Season of Change’ utterly believable. I think it’s also a great testament to both our band & the writing that soul legends of Bettye’s standing and magnitude agree to get involved.” “The sentiment is key to the whole idea of the album, ‘Street Rituals’. From the beginning of political history, the street has been the bona-fide arena of social warfare.” “The street is a way of communication, where minority voices have always been heard. Maybe the last resort for confrontation but it sure enough can gather a pace & initiate real change.”
‘Street Rituals’ features ten new songs with a major contribution from Paul Weller as well as vocal contributions from both William Bell and Bettye Lavette. It is the band’s 4th studio album & is produced by Weller, who also features on all the tracks (lending his piano, guitar & vocal skills in on various levels and even taking lead vocal duty on ‘Your Balloon Is Rising’ – a track NME recently described as “a fittingly blissful and classic touch of majestic soul”). Having followed Stone Foundation’s progress closely over the years, Paul personally contacted the band to propose the idea of working together, initially on one specific track, but having enjoyed the process so much, the resulting ten compositions on ‘Street Rituals’ now all have musical input from Paul. Two songs – ‘The Limit of a Man’ & ‘Colour Of’ – are co-writes with a Jones/Sheasby/Weller
UK LIVE SHOWS:
Fri March 31 – London, Royal Albert Hall – Supporting Paul Weller
Thu April 27 – Bristol, The Fleece
Fri April 28 – Manchester, The Ruby Lounge
Sat April 29 – Norwich, Norwich Arts Centre
Fri May 5 – Coventry, The Empire – w/ Special Guests ‘Street Rituals Orchestra’
Sat May 6 – Brighton, Concorde 2 –
Fri May 12 – Leeds, The Wardrobe –
Sat May 13 – London, Islington Assembly Hall – w/ Special Guests ‘Street Rituals Orchestra’
Thu May 18 – Newcastle, The Cluny
Fri May 19 – Edinburgh, Voodoo Rooms