Stone Foundation today reveal new track ‘The Limit Of A Man’ from their upcoming album ‘Street Rituals’. ‘The Limit Of A Man’ is yet another striking insight into the band’s new release that was produced by Paul Weller at his very own studio.
Having been hugely impressed by Stone Foundation’s previous endeavors, Paul personally contacted the band to propose the idea of working together, initially on one specific track, but having enjoyed the process so much, the resulting ten compositions on ‘Street Rituals’ now all have musical input from Paul. ‘The Limit of a Man’ is one of two co-writes on the album with a Jones/Sheasby/Weller credit.
Of the track, Stone Foundation’s Neil Jones commented:
“The Limit of a man was really where our journey with Paul started. He called me around the start of 2016 to say he’d been working on a demo and would we like to have a listen with a view to co writing something with him. We quickly grabbed the opportunity and set to work on the piano driven instrumental Paul had sent, with both myself and Sheas adding lyrics to the verse/bridge sections. I think the main breakthrough came after a conversation with Paul where he’d asked me to look for a chorus. I’d had the title for a few months and inspired by my grandfather and his generation I set about searching for an uplifting hook for the chorus. I tried to imagine the optimism he would have felt growing up, along with the testing and changing times he’d witnessed over the years whilst trying to hold onto the social values his generation grew up with. As soon as that hook was under our belts I knew we were onto something special. We got together with the rest of the band to give it the Stone Foundation treatment and Paul loved it”.
Elsewhere on the album there are stunning contributions from legendary soul singers William Bell, who lends his voice to ‘Strange People’, and the unmistakable tones of Bettye Lavette, providing the lead on ‘Season of Change’. The collaboration between Stone Foundation and these internationally celebrated artists cements the bands incredible reputation as one of the finest British Soul bands in existence.
With an extraordinary history of constant surprises and success against the odds, ‘Street Rituals’ feels like the culmination of years of hard work paying off for Stone Foundation as they continue to develop their unique style of soul on a much broader scale. Subtle horn & string arrangements add glorious swathes of colour and light to a new collection of songs that are unquestionably the groups strongest to date. Co-writers and founding members Neil Jones and Neil Sheasby have consciously delivered thought provoking lyrics that reflect current issues of uncertainty and division, but smartly balance that with a prevailing sense of hope and optimism within their musical delivery.
Paul Weller on the band and record:
“These are dark, dark times so I was glad to hear a positive voice and vibrations in the words and a joy in the music…what a pleasure and a privilege it was to work with these fellas”. “It’s their best songwriting to date, and I just hope people get to hear it because there are some great tunes and I like the message on the record. I like the social comment, because you have so little of that these days.”
The band’s 4th studio album ‘Street Rituals’ will be released via 100% Records on 31st March, coinciding with a special invitation to support Paul Weller at his Teenage Cancer Trust gig at the Royal Albert Hall. This will shortly be followed by the band’s very own UK tour with all upcoming dates listed below.