STIMULI

  • Oakland, CA, United States
Band: Original Alternative Hard Rock Progressive Rock

"Oakland, CA Rock Band"

Oakland, California-based rock band STIMULI create thoughtful and heavy rock music about the human condition, delivered through Jimmy Tomahawk's melodic and edgy vocals and spacious and heavy guitar riffing, Tai Hake's solid and snarling bass tones, and Cole Andrew's intricate and powerful drumming. Not only do STIMULI masterfully rock the traditional power trio format, the band also incorporates synth atmospherics and eclectic instrumentation that is not often associated with contemporary Hard Rock. Bassist Tai Hake also plays Theremin, and their music features Native American flute, sitar, acoustic guitar and ambient synthesizers. Lyrically, STIMULI’s themes possess a rare depth - insightful and meaningful, ruminating on personal experiences and reflections about peace, empathy, destiny, and self-actualization. Combined together, STIMULI are a sort of “Thinking Person’s Rock Band.” While all members are of a shared generation, their influences run the gamut. The heavy, tight and polished sound of STIMULI has been compared to Alice in Chains, Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Tool, Rush, and Nirvana. The individual and collective history of the band is just as varied and multi-faceted as their music. Comprised of seasoned musicians from around the world (drummer Cole Andrew is from Australia), STIMULI is a collage of three very strong-willed personalities who, like most productive collaborations, happen to have chemistry and work well together. "Our music contains a strong emotional intensity with personal, social, and philosophical messages about the human experience,” explains guitarist/vocalist Jimmy Tomahawk. “Although there is an undeniably serious disposition in the band's message, as individuals, we don’t take ourselves very seriously at all - satire, slapstick humor and wisecracks are the norm when we are together. It's a bit of a collective Jekyll & Hyde scenario, really. We try to remind ourselves that the initial spark of passion and the joy of playing music that caused us to pick up our instruments in the first place is why we do this!" The formation of STIMULI began following the split of Bay Area rock band Yeibichai, the brainchild of Tomahawk and Hake. When Tomahawk came across a video of Cole Andrew demonstrating his powerful and detailed oriented drumming he reached out and they began to jam. Tomahawk couldn't imagine any other bass player but Tai in the room with the sounds that he and Cole were creating. In early 2013, STIMULI opened up shop in their new studio space at the fabled Soundwave Studios in Oakland. It was here that STIMULI became a band and their deep friendship and musical bond was solidified. In 2014, the band released their self-titled STIMULI EP with a different vocalist, recorded at the legendary Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. Although proud of the effort, the band was unable to gain momentum. Little did they know then that they were soon in for quite a reinvention. In early 2017 STIMULI found themselves at a crossroads. Feeling a shift in band’s lineup, now as a trio with a new batch of songs assembled, things suddenly felt new, vivified, and stronger among the three of them. But the glaring question remained: who would be the voice of the band? Jimmy Tomahawk then decided that nothing was going to stop him from fulfilling his original plan as young teenager of being the vocalist in his own band. Now was the time to deliver his message and pick up where he left off years ago as a fledgling guitarist/vocalist. With the encouraging support of his band mates, Tomahawk began to write the songs that would become the new album. At some point along the way, singing became as fluid and as much of an unconscious operation for Tomahawk as playing guitar. In just a few short months the band was in the studio tracking drums and bass for a new album. They decided to go back to the idyllic Russian River Studios on the Ingels Ranch in Talmage, California, where Tomahawk and Hake had previously recorded the Yeibichai record. Ken Ingels, the owner of the studio, was extremely helpful, and they enlisted Andrew Miller to engineer and mix the album. For the artwork and album layout, the trio had their eyes photographed and then overlaid the irises so the colors merge and overlap, accomplished thanks to the superb talents of Michael Miller at Digital Realm Productions, who brought their vision to life in a way that represents the music on the album exceptionally well. STIMULI released their first official full-length album titled THEY ARE WE on August 18, 2018. The album is a winding 11-track explosion of the trio's dense, ambitious, and fiercely original sound. In April 2018 the band generated buzz when they released their debut single and music video for the album’s title track, “They Are We.” They feel an unprecedented sense of optimism and joy with the music they are making. The audiences are reciprocating that energy that is conveyed at their live shows with great fervor. With much more to come from this exciting new Bay Area rock band, it would appear that STIMULI are just getting started! Visit htp://www.stimuliband.com for more info

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