This Mesa,Az band was brought together by songwriter Brian Stewart to play the growing catalog of pop wonders that filled his cheap demo tapes. Starting in late 1993 with jam sessions that included Brian, drummer Jay Klepinger, and original guitarist Marcus Couto, the band changed ranks rather quickly. Spartacus Jones joined on guitar, Marcus dropped out, Ray Anderson replaced Jay,and Tobey Ashcroft filled the 2nd guitar void. The band played shows all around the Phoenix area during 1996-1997. That summer their debut cd was recorded at Chaton by Otto D'Agnolo, but on the eve of the cd release show, Ray had to work! So at that moment Jay was back on the drummer's throne. Many more shows were played in support of the cd with even a song or two getting on the radio in Belgium.
After a year of more shows,
Stuart's Folly was ready to to work on the new CD. So what does Brian like about the new CD? It
was free. Except of course for all the
recording gear I had to buy. After
racking up some hefty recording costs to produce the debut Stuarts Folly CD, the
band chose to retreat to the friendly confines of Brians humble studio, CopperDisc,
to write, perform, and produce SONIC RUIN. It
turned out better than I thought it would, even though it took six months to do what I
couldve done in three weeks in a conventional studio. Besides
the "hope" factor, I think the song writing is definitely an improvement over
the first album. Not that the first album
was bad. Its just a progression. Hopefully people will listen to this and not get
the feeling that the songs are contrived. It
just feels like an improvement. It gives me
hope for the third one. Hey, theres
your ray of hope.
Why SONIC RUIN? Stewart says we all picked random numbers, and then went to those pages in the dictionary. One of Jays pages had the word ruin on it, and I picked sonic and presto! The CD had a name. Rarely the optimist, Brian says the title was meant for cover from over-inflated expectations. In case the recording ended up sounding awful, at least no one could convict us of false advertising. Its supposed to sound like crap.
Is there anything redeeming in this CD, Brian? Any ray of hope? Jay would like to think so. I guess Ill leave that up to the listeners.
Besides the "hope" factor, I think the song writing is definitely an improvement over the first album. Not that the first album was bad. Its just a progression. Hopefully people will listen to this and not get the feeling that the songs are contrived. It just feels like an improvement. It gives me hope for the third one. Hey, theres your ray of hope.
Interestingly, all the members of Stuart's Folly are graduates of Westwood High School in
Mesa, AZ. Back in the Fall of 1993, Brian and
Jay were gathering weekly to jam in Jays brother-in-laws landscaping company
office after closing time. Not many
neighbors around to bother, you know? Marcus
Couto, who provides some of the guitar solos on SONIC RUIN, also would jam with the two.
Any plans for a tour? Yes, well try to do the typical miniature tour: Las Vegas and L.A. Its kind of tough to do much more, with half of the band having wives and families. But Id love to go cross-country someday."
playing around the valley in support of Sonic Ruin, Stuart's Folly went the way of many
bands and hasn't played since their last show in Nov. 1999.