In the mid 2000s Jonathan Wilson, Johaan Hill, and Beau Grant met while playing rollerhockey at Beaus rink that he owned in Livermore. Johaan was a kid outta high school and Jonathan had a 6 yr old little boy in the Mites division. We also played pickup hockey and in the adult league with/against each other. Years later Beau found out Jonathan played drums and they started jamming in about 2009 forming War Prayer. Johaan played in various bands as a bass player including Static Thought. Jonathan and Beau moved on to join Field of Stones in 2010 while Johaan would join Pushing the Sun later. Both bands would get together on a small Nevada run with a 1st stop in Placerville. Beau didnt know Johaan was now in Pushing the Sun and when saw him at the show was like “ Hey …waddya doing here?” Johaan said “ No what are you doing here!” We both laughed and hung out for the evening talking about the good old days of the rink as it was closing down. Fast Forward to 2016 we started jamming for fun and decided with our “extra time”..haha yah right…that we would just play some good old off key outta tune energetic greasy Rock N Roll. Not trying to break any new ground just play music with a lil bit of blues boogie, punk angst and Sabbath riffage all the while telling a story within each track. Beaus love for some cool retro memories of being down at Fremont Raceway as a kid with old school dragsters, the pit crews, backup girls, questionable snack shacks, smell of nitro and burning tires resonated with Jonathan and Johaan and the 1st tune “Puking Oil” was born. Many more stories to be told on our debut album coming out Nov 17th 2018
Bryan Kehoe is a fixture in the Bay Area music scene and beyond. He is currently playing in his own band Kehoe International, Black Cat Grave, and Les Claypools Duo de Twang. Past bands include The Kehoe Nation, M.I.R.V., Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade, Jerry Cantrell Band and Ministry.
Oakland, California-based rock band STIMULI create heavy rock music with thoughtful messages about the human condition. STIMULI’s sound is delivered through Jimmy Tomahawk’s melodic and edgy vocals and spacious and heavy guitar riffing, Tai Hake’s solid and snarling bass tones, and Cole Andrew’s intricate and powerful drumming. Not only do STIMULI masterfully rock the traditional power trio format, the band also incorporates synth atmospherics and eclectic instrumentation that is not often associated with contemporary Hard Rock. Bassist Tai Hake also plays Theremin, and their music features Native American flute, sitar, acoustic guitar and ambient synthesizers. Lyrically, STIMULI’s themes possess a rare depth – insightful and meaningful, ruminating on personal experiences and reflections about peace, empathy, destiny, and self-actualization. Combined together, STIMULI have been called a sort of “Thinking Person’s Rock Band.”
The heavy, tight and polished sound of STIMULI has been compared to Alice in Chains, Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Tool, Rush, and Nirvana. The individual and collective history of the band is just as varied and multi-faceted as their music. Comprised of seasoned musicians from around the world (drummer Cole Andrew is from Australia), STIMULI is a collage of three very strong-willed personalities who, like most productive collaborations, happen to have chemistry and work well together.