Today, I finally decided to throw the album into my CD player. Meanwhile, I committed to the usual background checks and research, which made the confusion only bigger. Now I was expecting a lo-fi dark folk rock act or something. It was about time to play the damn thing.
Stone Of A Bitch is Ludwig and Alice. According to the biography they met at a festival in France where she was performing and he was a crewmember. Armed with guitars, bass and vocals, they started they own project, aided by electronic percussion and drums. What they do with that equipment pleasantly surprised me. This album is loaded with alternative rock and blues songs, here and there nudging towards post punk or grunge.
I found it hard to compare Stone Of A Bitch to other bands. On 'It's A War', I'd mention alternative rock bands but 'Carribean Drive' then suddenly drags itself into the world of gloomy blues. 'Wolves' opens as a trip hop tune but gradually turns into something Radiohead would be jealous of. 'Cold Blood Tear' brings Weezer to mind. Even Vive La Fete came to mind, even though Stone Of A Bitch rocks more than they dance, which is a good thing I think.
Yet, what strikes me the most about this album is the sheer quality of the whole thing. This is definitely not a lo-fi duo throwing some jams on a disc and hoping to become famous. No, this is a massive talented band with two members who know a great deal about songwriting. Furthermore, the album is executed to perfection with great songs. Songs that will make you want to shake your hips. I'd say do it. Check it out. This is absolutely recommend music for all rockers out there.