STICKS 'N' STONES "No Suit!"
(No Suit ! Recordz 1999 - NCD-014)
Songs (click on the -icons
for audio) 1.
2. Anotha ?
3. I Guess It's How It Is
4. Written On The Wall
5. Goin' On The Streets
6. Sleepin' Alone
7. You Need Love Like I Do (Norman Whitfield & Barret Strong)
9. Addicted II Time (+ I Guess.. 77"-version)
- TomNaso : vocals
- Peter Maene : bazz 'n' backingz
- Lieven Wouters : drumz 'n' backingz
- Luc Van Steenbergen : all guitars
- Hans Francken : Hammond
- Piet van den Heuvel : Percussion
- Sam Vloemans : Hornz
- Carla Hoogewijs : Backingz
Production : Sticks 'n' Stones
Recorded at CCR Zult by Kris Van Steen & Kris Belaen
Sleeve : Baert Paleman, Dataset Turnhout
Press Release (my translation)
September 93 and four guys from in and about Turnhout get together. Nothing special
as such, were it not for the fact that they would be operating under the melodious
S t i c k S 'n' S t o n e S
This is both in a manner of speaking and literally because - what you didn't
know : these boys make MUSIC.
Let's freshen your memory : Rock Rally '94. Does that ring a bell - other than
that of the milkman passing by your house ? Right. They were the ones that got
away with the silver cheque in that contest.
A nice story, but not at all the end.
The present in shorthand :
From the belly, the heart and - not to omit - all limbs, they bring a sound that
revives the seventies in front of your eyes. Music that flowers like a garland.
You know : the colors, the smell. Ideal to start dancing barefoot on the grass.
Invite them and/or ask 'em to your home, doesn't matter.
It's mighty good funky rock 'n' soul.
This Album in the Press
- Metro, januari 1998: "Their funky variation on seventies
rock is both muscly and soulful, the band sticks together well and live-favourite
Turn-Out City is now within everybody's grasp. ***1/2 "
- Humo (januari 1999) : "Since the silver medal in 1994's rock
rally, little was heard from this foursome but the fact that they were working
very hard at their band's career, but at their own pace - the pace of a sloth
with artritis. That has now led to "No Suit!", a piece of work that
puts in evidence that the band has not evolved spectacularly during all those
As far as unusual band-careers go, that of Sticks 'n' Stones seems to be quite
a league of it's own : first they were hailed as a big promise 'cause of their
place at the Rock Rally of 1994 (nineteenninetefour), turning down some rubbish
record deals as being rubbish record deals, and rather wait 5 (five) years till
they had enough experience and know-how to make a completely independent debut
Understand who can. I'm doing my best, but this would be an easier thing to do
if the music of the band had been in concordance with this independent attitude.
Yet these people from Turnhout don't deliver some sort of underground-sectarian-straight-edge-commerce-sucks
music, but welcome us on "No Suit!" with very accessible funky &
poppy retrorock, operating somewhere between the borders set by people like Jamiroquay,
Red Hot Chili Peppers and say The Black Crowes (and by them, of course the bands
from the past that were an example to these guys).
Still the waiting was somehow worthwile, more precisely for the songs :
- "I Guess It's How It Is", the
single that can be downloaded for free from their website, a nicely held-back
melody that grooves on for 7 minutes, and talks about the burning shakespearian
subject "to come or not to come ?".
- "Goin' out on the streets",
my favourite song on the CD due to the nice contrasts between the various parts
of the song.
- "You need love like I do",
that takes a hipshaking shortcut to the seventies and resembles the earlier mentioned
- "Turnout-city" (apparently
the live-favourite) that probably will not be adopted as being the local city
anthem, since it's quite hard.
Less praise for "Butterfly" (a good intro to a song that never comes),
"Anotha?" (becomes interesting only after the word "motherfucker"
has fallen and the brakes are released, "Written on the wall" (rather
stereotype funk), and the closing song "Addicted II time" (that tels
too emphatically that "this is really really the last song of the album")
after which a dubversion of the single, ten minutes of silence and a sheep's choir
follow to leave behind a feeble impression of a cd that dóes have spirit.
All in all SnS has delivered a cd that's not completely good, but still delivers
proof that the band has talent and can handle quite a few styles. Furthermore,
I'm curious if their "sales-model" (one of the first bands to grasp
the internet-opportunity) is commercially viable already.
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