Canadian alternative-rock duo The Blue Stones have unveiled ‘Let It Ride’, their latest single out on Entertainment One (eOne). The track is accompanied by a live music video, capturing the duo returning to their element on stage and giving fans a chance to experience the song as intended, as a captivating performance.
From the moment the fuzzed-out guitars kick off the track, Tarek Jafar’s bluesy voice and drummer Justin Tessier’s ground shaking beat combine to create a stadium-sized anthem perfect for soundtracking an end-of-summer road trip. The song hits its high-point through a clap-along breakdown as Jafar declares “If you love me like you say, you have to let me roam”, an ode to living life on the road.
“It’s a song about having an appetite for adventure and a desire for security at the same time. Musicians are ambitious and adventurous, and hard to pin down into a stable, traditional lifestyle. And if you want to love us, you have to let us roam.”
The video for ‘Let It Ride’ is the first part of Live on Display, a live performance the band filmed at Smash Salvage, an antique store in Ontario. Live on Display was directed and filmed by Tarek’s brother, Sameer Jafar, and producer Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots) served as creative director. ‘Let It Ride’ is just a piece of Live On Display and fans can expect more to come from the band over the next few months.
Speaking on Live On Display, the band shared:
“The lockdown really got to us. We missed performing live, and wanted to give our fans something more than the standard ‘livestream from home’ experience. We put our heads together with Paul (our Producer) and Sameer (our Director, and Tarek’s brother) to plan something that had yet to be done, and that was unapologetically us. After several weeks of pre-production, we got together to film a real performance. Something to remind people that we’ll never stop making noise.”
When Tarek Jafar and Justin Tessier formed The Blue Stones, they were facing uncertainty about who they were individually. What they did know for sure, though, was that they wanted to make music together – and, so they did. Following the success of their debut album, Black Holes, the band quickly found a following in the alternative rock world that led to them sharing the stage with the likes of grandson, Welshly Arms, and Reignwolf. As they began working on new music, The Blue Stones caught the attention of producer Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots), with whom they eventually entered the studio with this past summer. Working with Meany led to The Blue Stones exploring – and creating – music in a different way than they had before, with Jafar taking a new approach when it came to tackling lyrics. Through this process, the band truly discovered who they were during the writing process. They’ve crafted something that shimmers with such purity and truth – musically and lyrically – that one can’t help but be swept up and carried off by the songs they’ve constructed.
The fruits of their labour are already on display with single ‘Shakin’ Off The Rust‘, which was released last October, followed by the band’s first EU/UK headline run, which boasted eight sell-out shows in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol, Brussels, Cologne, Munich & Vienna. ‘Shakin’ Off The Rust‘, went on to chart Top 5 at U.S. radio on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Radio and seeing over 11 million streams worldwide.