This innovative band straddles many genres, from jamtronica and indie pop to EDM and disco. If The Killers, Holy Ghost!, and Panic! At the Disco were fused with Tea Leaf Green and Lotus, you might get something resembling Stokeswood. It seems that musically, very little is off limits to this Atlanta-based group.
With strong vocals and danceable jams, Stokeswood are known to quickly engage their crowd. This draw comes not only from their strong musical talents, but also from the sheer passion and playfulness that their playing exudes. The band will move, dance, and shake their way through a set. They have an unbridled, natural energy about them that captures and holds the crowd’s attention, and keeps them moving.
Beyond their undeniable stage presence, Stokeswood are also musically multi-talented. The band is composed of Adam Patterson [lead vocalist & acoustic guitarist], Mark Godwin [electric guitarist], Jon Joiner [drummer], Michael Roman [keyboardist], and Justin Mullinix [bass player and producer], but these musical assignments are mutable. The band members are known to switch instruments between songs and play with skill nearly equal to their primary instruments.
Stokeswood was formed in 2004 by Adam Patterson and Mark Godwin. By 2009, they self-produced their debut album Carassia. In 2010, the band took to playing mainly in Florida, with monthly stints at various venues. They found the energy to be contagious and the crowd to be receptive to their experimentation with various genres.
The crowd in turn inspired the band to raise their tempo and add more electronic bits to their music. As you sift through Carassia (2009), which is acoustic with minimal electronic elements, and make your way to In the Field of the Vibrations (2011), where electronic and vocal elements are more prevalent, you can hear this influence, as well as growth in and exploration of new sonic terrain, reflected in some of Stokeswood’s songs. “We want to be innovative. Everything for us is about not doing the norm. But then the unique stuff becomes the norm,” says lead vocalist, Adam Patterson, summing up Stokeswood’s motivation for constant musical exploration, originality, and engagement.
Stokewood’s musical range and vibrancy shine through in each performance. They have a blast on stage, and it shows and spreads. In short, Stokeswood is a main act’s dream. A band so committed to innovation and experimentation, and with such empathy for its audience, is only moving in one direction, and that’s forward. Take “Neon White,” which moves from synth breaks to indie pop to rock to jamtronica, all the while having a disco feel, or “Werewolf,” which combines indie rock and reggae with a dance beat. It’s only a matter of time before a group of musicians as adaptable and talented as this group starts seeing many more followers and bookings.
Be on the lookout for these guys in 2014. I have a feeling you’ll be seeing their name more often.
Stokeswood – “Neon White” (Live at Brooklyn Bowl)
Stokeswood have opened for bands like Papadosio, The Revivalists, and Perpetual Groove, and have played CounterPoint Music Festival, Aura Music Festival, and The Big Up. You can catch their electroacoustic sounds twice this February at Aura Music Festival in Live Oak, FL. If you have a chance to check these guys out, be prepared for a full-on dance party with infectious dance beats, stage antics, and many genre twists and turns.
Jenny’s love affair with music, culture, and politics began many years ago, and she has always found that love best expressed through writing. A graduate of the University of Rochester with a B.A. in Political Science and Religion and a minor in Music, she is fascinated by what makes people tick, move, and behave. Heading straight to New York City after graduating, she works in marketing, communications, and advertising in addition to writing, editing, and geeking out on WordPress for Sensible Reason.