Athens-based musician, Tedo Stone, is giving fans an ear-load of his music for the month of September with a residency at the Green Room every Tuesday evening, and the last Tuesday for their music to be seen and heard this month is on September 24. Tedo and his band combine a musical plethora of "psychedelic, electronic and indie rock", as Paste Magazine states. Tedo's recent debut LP release of Good Go Bad, on July 9, was produced by Grammy-award winning, Matt Goldman. He and Matt forged a close connection with one another a few years earlier, and had been wanting to work together more closely but the timing hadn't been right. With Good Go Bad and it's release, the timing was perfect. Tedo and his band has had good fortune working with legendary producers, and also enlisted John Keane (R.E.M., Uncle Tupelo) to produce his debut EP, Happy.
To help support his studio time financially, Tedo worked a job for his brother's company as a technician for medical equipment. When people were discharged from the hospital, he would deliver their oxygen or wheelchairs to their house. He claims his experiences on that job helped him form the words and lyrics to Good Go Bad. Says Tedo, "It’s really where the concept for the new album came from. Life and death, in a broad sense—trying to avoid death and getting old. And it’s not just a physical thing; it’s mental thing. People can be old at a young age, or young in their later years.”
Tedo and his band invested many strengths musically on this album, in addition to recording with Goldman, he also recorded with longtime bassist, Billy Lyons. The album is a reflection of what Stone and his band enjoy singing and playing, and enlists rock anthems, fun pop singles, and a bit of synthesizers for that lush sound and feel on some. We chatted with Tedo about what his new album offers with his interpretations of life and death, how his band connects with fans, and a few fun, laidback questions. Check it out:
Good Go Bad offers fans unique perspectives on life and death. What
do these themes mean to you?
Tedo: It is really easy to get caught in routines and not take full advantage of the one life we have. Around the time I was writing for "Good Go Bad", I started realizing that could take complete control of my life and my happiness. I want people to take lyrics of my songs and relate them to their own life in anyway they see fit, but for me songs like "War" and "Back Again" are reminders to me of that I do have that control. Death is the finish line.
What do you hope and want fans to come away after listening to your music?
Tedo: I want people to have something stuck in their head after listening to a song I have written. It may be a melody or it may be a song lyric. Something that is going to want them to come back for more.
How do you and your band connect your music with an audience?
Tedo: There are certain shows that the connection just sort of happens. When we get comfortable and completely lost in the music, people tend to be drawn to that. We try to just do our thing and have as much fun as we can when performing.
Download Tedo's FREE single of "Taste," HERE.
Do you have a guilty musical entertainment pleasure?
Tedo: Pop country of the '90s.
Is there any music that makes you cringe?
Tedo: I am pretty open to all kinds of music. There are things I like and
things I don't like, but nothing that makes me cringe.
Good Go Bad Tracklisting:
1. Big As The Ocean
2. Good Go Bad
5. Back Again
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