Hailing through the warm breeze of the Mediterranean STONUS is a five piece Heavy Rock band from Nicosia, Cyprus created in 2015 and based in London since 2018. Their sound can be described as a mixture of stoner, psychedelic, desert, alternative and doom rock with pyrotechnic guitars, fuel firing solos, powerful drumming and raw dirty riffs held together by the melodic vocals and coloured by analogue equipment. They are characterised by their energetic performances, old school attitude and high voltage sounds resulting in a psycho/stoner party out of this planet!
Stonus aim to participate in festivals all around Europe in order to promote as well as to share their love and passion for music, stigmatising their position in the European stoner scene as the most active and potent Cypriot heavy rock band.
A bit more history
Nicosia, Cyprus 2015; Stonus are created and participate in School Of Rock festival in Nicosia. More gigs come with time and the band creates its own material and starts experimenting with its sound.
2017 was the most active year of the band as they played all around Cyprus including Unity fest, Power of the night festival XII, Ayia Napa youth fest, Hard Rock Café Rising, Nicosia Rock Festival, School of Rock and many more as well as opening for the band MINUS ONE. They were presented in national television at RIK-Entexnos as well as in various national radio shows including Astra's "Alpha ston kiklo", channel's 6 "Rolling stones"” and at Robert Camassa's show at RIK 3. They also participated in the auditions for Schoolwave Festival in Greece.
In 2018 they got in the recording studio for one more time and in a month they managed to record their new EP "Lunar Eclipse" under the supervision of Minor Underground (CY). The new album contains influences from stoner, psychedelic and doom rock which integrates to the production of a more mellow, psychedelic trip.
Their first lives abroad were in London on the 22nd of October and 24th of November 2018. In their last gig of the year they opened for the Cretan rockers Balothizer.
In March 2019 they had their first festival appearance abroad in Soundart Festival in Bucharest, Romania among bands such as Planet of Zeus, Riverside, Sunnata and Weedpecker. In summer 2019 they went on a mini tour with 4 gigs in London and Cyprus including Fengaros Festival 2019 in Kato Drys and Ecopolis Festival 2019.
On August 2019 they entered Wreck it Sound Studios in Corinth, Greece and recorded their debut album “Aphasia” which is expected to be released in the fall of 2019.
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Recording: Wreck it Sounds
Mixing and Mastering: George Leodis
Artwork: Diogo Soares