Nomadic, passionate, funky. These are just a few of the words that describe the critically-acclaimed Stick Against Stone - founded in 1981 in Pittsburgh, PA. In the early years (1981 to 1990) the band had residencies in Pittsburgh - Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn - Eugene, OR - and San Francisco. With a "reboot" in 2010, the group has been based in Brooklyn, NY and released six albums.
Since 2010, the group has played as both Stick Against Stone and the expanded 13 member Stick Against Stone Orchestra in both Brooklyn (Herbert Von King Park [free concert], The Rock Shop) and in Manhattan (Joe's Pub, Sullivan Hall, Rockwood Music Hall).
Musically - the band incorporates elements of rock, funk, dub, no wave, samba, jazz, a cappella / poetry, and West African music. Critically - the latest releases have earned notice from New York Magazine, Pitchfork, Vibe, Cuepoint (Robert Christgau), Financial Times and Brooklyn's own Wax Poetics. Abroad, new audiences are emerging in Germany and the UK.
Founded in the indie, DIY punk-rock era, the group has held an unwavering belief in the power of music for social change and the struggle for social justice. This is a group that toured the US in a converted school bus on the Rock Against Reagan tour in 1983. Played benefits and shows against apartheid in South Africa, against the US-backed wars in Central America, sang songs about toxic waste and the environment, consumerism, deregulation, exploited workers, the rise of privatization of public services, war, and corporate greed. Dedicated a song to the American Indian political prisoner Leonard Peltier.
Stick Against Stone is proud to call Brooklyn home again. Check us out on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/stickagainststone/