By Trevor Morelli
CALGARY – After eight years in the trenches, Windsor fuzz-rock duo The Blue Stones finally dropped their debut album, Black Holes, and have been playing their guts out ever since. Although the record is actually a batch of previously released tracks, singer/guitarist Tarek Jafar feels it’s the perfect mix to get people acquainted with his heavy outfit.
“It’s kind of nice to have different songs from different times, because they all have a different feel to them, rather than a batch of songs that are all written at the same time,” says Jafar. “I really like that about this album in particular.”
While comparisons to rock duos like The Black Keys and The White Stripes are inevitable, Jafar believes The Blue Stones add different textures and a lot more sonic boom which keeps them fresh.
“People like to lump us in the whole rock duo sort of thing, which isn’t wrong, but I feel like we have more alternative accents. I listen to a lot of R&B and a lot of hip-hop as well. That kind of comes through in my writing style. At the end of the day, I would put it down as an alt-rock duo, with a lot of blues rock influence.”
The Blue Stones play March 25 at Park Theatre (Winnipeg), March 26 at The Exchange (Regina), March 27 at Capitol Music Club (Saskatoon), March 28 at The Rec Room (Edmonton), and March 29 at The Gateway (Calgary).The Blue Stones