By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
The Stone Coats sound like the guys in the band grew up in an era of bell bottoms, 8-track tapes and ‘70s rock ‘n’ roll.
But they’ve got everybody fooled: The oldest member is 24, and the youngest is 17. Still, the band’s sound recalls Cream, the Allman Brothers and the Rolling Stones.
“We love the blues,” said bass player Leighton Bristow. “Being from Mississippi, you kinda have to love the blues. We really, really like the Rolling Stones and The Eagles and Cream and Led Zeppelin. We don’t really have any (sound) we try to go after; that’s what people tell us we sound like. We’re cool with it, because we love the Stones, the Allman Brothers and Cream.”
Bristow and his brother, Carson, who plays rhythm guitar, are originally from Tupelo. The guys formed The Stone Coats with drummer Matt Matrick and lead guitarist and singer Brannon Barnett in Brandon in 2011.
The guys like a lot of modern Southern rockers too, like Kings of Leon and The Black Keys. But it’s that old-school sound the guys really enjoy.
“We want to bring classic rock back,” Bristow said.
The Stone Coats have released a self-titled EP, and it’ll be for sale at the band’s gig at Bushwackers in Baldwyn this weekend. The EP is $8.
The Stone Coats will perform tracks off that EP as well as some new tunes.
“We put a lot of heart into our music. We’re not all over the place. We’re really focused,” he said.
The group has performed plenty in central and south Mississippi, but they’re ready to take off and bring their old-school sound to more parts of the Southeast.
“We want to build a bigger fan base and continue to have fun with it, because that’s what it’s really all about for us,” Bristow said. “We’re trying to bring rock ‘n’ roll back.”
WHO: The Stone Coats
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Bushwackers Sports Bar, Baldwyn