Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Stokeswood isn’t above losing it in Atlanta, Miami or anywhere else

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2011 at 9:08 AM

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  • Ryan Myers

"Neon White"
Stokeswood invented a legend with their debut album, Carassia. This planetary myth revolved around Pure Notes, GZ Monsters, and chickens, while the music stuck to poetic melodies on an electroacoustic foundation. Now the band has planted their feet for the jump into the sequel. In the Field of the Vibrations is Stokeswood’s second full-length (due out May 21).

Since Carassia was first unveiled in 2009, Stokeswood has made Miami its home away from home. Landing residencies at posh clubs and becoming immersed in the Miami nightlife circuits has contributed to the evolution of the band’s sound on this sophomore release, which emphasizes the electronic dance beats, without losing the acoustic aesthetic or the lyrics.

“Miami is a town that has no bands,” Patterson says. “It only has DJs and everyone is impressed when you can put on a good show and make people dance, and not just press play or fade something over. People want to see you sweating on stage and acting crazier than they are. People don’t want to be the only fools in the room. If we go ahead and act that out, then they can go ahead and lose their minds.”

Patterson along with bassist Justin Mullinix, drummer, Jon Joiner, keyboardist Reed Irvine and guitarist Mark Godwin serve as the core of the group’s lineup, and getting good gigs that pay extremely well with V.I.P service is just one reason that Stokeswood has been spending more time playing Miami than Atlanta over the last few years.

Their motivation to stay in Miami also stems from the band’s wild reception. “We are not above just losing it,” Patterson adds. “In Miami they really give that back. If you want to talk about the reason Atlanta is not like that, it’s because people are so afraid of not looking cool. People don’t want to be the stand out in the crowd. If you’re the guy losing his mind in the front row then yeah, that guy gets it. At the end of the night, you want to have a blast,” he adds. “Atlanta — I love it and I hate it. People only go see their friend’s bands. And maybe not tonight, because they’ll play again next week.”

The group also benefits from the international exposure that a tourist-saturated city like Miami has to offer. “You don’t get paid based on draw in Miami, you get a guarantee because people are coming,” Godwin says. Though the band lusts for Miami, home is where the heart is. "We love Atlanta, " Irvine says. "I feel like we're a good representation of an Atlanta band, because it's a weird scene here, and we're a weird band."

The album’s official release date is May 21, but the band is hosting a listening party at the W Atlanta Downtown on Sat., May 7. This poolside affair will set you back a cool $20. It lasts from 6-10 p.m. and there will be complimentary cocktails before the band hits the stage to play In the Field of the Vibrations in its entirety.

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