Stone Driver is a critically acclaimed rock band from Washington, DC that harnesses grunge, blues rock, progressive, and psychedelic influences to create powerful and electrifying music in both the studio and on stage. The band is currently finishing its highly anticipated fourth full-length album “Mannequins” (mid-2020 scheduled release) partnering with former LA Guns frontman Scott Foster Harris on vocals and Grammy award winner John Seymour’s production wizardry (prior artists include Santana, U2, Alice In Chains, Jimi Hendrix, Dave Matthews Band, etc.).
The band released its last LP “Chasing Demons” in May 2018; it marked the first collaboration with John Seymour and was an explosive follow up to Stone Driver’s prior two LPs, Rocks (2016) and Descent (2015). Stone Driver was voted “Best Original Band” by the Washington City Paper in their 2018 “Best Of” issue and won the New Belgium Brewing Co. “Battle of the Bands” to open for Vintage Trouble (2013 openers for The Who’s US & UK tours) at the Tour De Fat Festival.
In addition to writing, recording, and performing original music, Stone Driver continues to be actively involved in supporting charitable organizations in the DMV community. In 2018, Rolling Thunder, Inc endorsed Stone Driver’s veteran’s charity fundraising concert at Union Stage. Stone Driver also hosted and raised money for Per Scholas (DC/MD/VA charity providing transformative technology careers for individuals from often overlooked communities) at their “Chasing Demons” album release party; organized and headlined the Joe Strummer Foundation charity benefit concert at the Black Cat; and shared the bill with the Gin Blossoms, Sugar Ray, Good Charlotte, Living Colour, Everclear and Bush at the Celebrate Fairfax 2017-2019 music festivals. Notable past shows also include playing at the US National Archives (with the US Constitution as their backline!) and the SXSW Showcase with the Young Pandas. Stone Driver was founded by Chad Lesch in 2007.
“They personify everything that is so powerful about rock music and I would love to see them perform live. While listening to this album I noticed one common theme. Stone Driver’s production is second to none. You will find gems all throughout this album. “Powerful instrument solos and versatile singing. This is rock at its finest!” This is one of the most complete albums that I have heard all year.”
- Anthony Barksdale / IndieNation
“Keeping a core sound is what really helps a band stand out in the long run, particularly when a band has as many influences as Stone Driver. On their latest album Rocks the band mixes a hard rock sound with parts RHCP, T. Rex, Muse, Soundgarden, The Strokes and even some country to make a rich sound that never feels out of place.”
- Owen Maxwell / The Scene Magazine