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Stalemate has been called many different things over their seven year history. "Prog-Pop".... "Power Pop". "Friend Rock" was a phrase that sprang up in early 2009, coined from a disparaging essay by Sufjan Stevens about a genre for microscopc bands whose only fans are the friends they guilt trip into coming to their shows. Orignally, the band wore this branding to focus on it's most salient feature: eclecticism. Over two albums alone, the band has effectively journeyed the far reaching corners of R&B, proto-punk, progressive, metal, jazz, classical and folk all while simultaneously staying true to their original M.O. of maintaining pop structure on their lavish, yet intricately woven, full-length records.Read More...
Originally started as a quintet from Lincoln, Rhode Island[/placeformed, the band released a full length LP while still in High School titled Grand Experiment in early 2005. The project began centered on the songwriting team of keyboardist Matthew DeMello and guitarist Cory Waldron. Together, the two courted a collective of their fellow musician-peers to perform on their basement recordings-- the fruition of which became their debut record. The two songwriters bonded from a love of 70s prog rock, garage rock revival, and metal. Together, they sought to form a band that embraced an the wide spectrum of their various musical tastes. Since then, they've been accompanied by a variety of rhythm musicians to perform live since their founding in 2003. Various ex-members of Stalemate from the northern Rhode Island music scene include Casey Belisle, now drummer of The Rice Cakes, and Brad Krieger current guitarist of 14 Foot 1.
After a year hiatus, the band reconvened in the summer of 2006, performing consistently featuring bassist Geoffrey Rush and drummer Kevin "Kdawg" Pereira. As a quartet, they made frequent appearances across New England; from dorm halls at Fitchberg State College to Providence's famed ill-fated venue, The Living Room. This lineup of the group championed a titanic live set that, during it's peak, could go for four hours depending on the venue. Through 2008, the group focused primarily on cultivating the material that would eventually become their second record, We Will Carry You Out To Sea. Fueled by extensive jams and half-joke covers of the Power Rangers' theme, the collectively quickly gained a reputation for being one of the most formidable live acts in Rhode Island.
After recording the initial tracks of their sophomore release in June 2008, the group experienced a series of set backs in the album's production. Completion of the record would be delayed almost a year and a half pending an ever-revolving lineup of engineers and producers who couldn't commit fully to the demands of the project. In October 2009, a few months before releasing their follow up, Rush departed the group. Samuel Brunner, a music education major at Rhode Island College and a friend of Waldron's from the college men's choir, stepped in as a full time bassist. With the help of Shryne keyboardist Alex Tirrell, makeupbreakup's Michael Lamantia Jr., and Alex Garzone (formerly of Vudu Bevy) all manning the boards, We Will Carry You Out To Sea was finished before the turn of the decade.
Stalemate continues to play throughout the northeast area and are currently preparing material for a third LP.
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