Hailing from the outskirts of Sydney, we have the passionate grunge quartet The Violet Stones. Gaining inspiration from bands like Nirvana, Incubus and System Of A Down, frontman (or rather woman) Sarah and her gents resurrect the popular alt-rock/grunge sound of the 1990s for a new generation of listeners.
While The Violet Stones began to make a name for themselves on an international level with their debut full-length release in 2019, the group had collaborated for three years beforehand. Spending a large portion of their time gigging across the east coast of Australia, the group established a strong reputation among Sydney’s underground music scene. The latest addition to their repertoire is the single ‘Shark’.
A follow-up to their critically acclaimed single ‘Kill Me’, ‘Shark’ is a passionate and dynamic track. Keeping in line with their forceful melodies and lyrics, The Violet Stones have produced another enthusiastic and unpredictable single as a teaser to their upcoming sophomore album. What I find fascinating about ‘Shark’ and The Violet Stones, in general, is their striking similarity to iconic bands like Nirvana and Hole. In fact, Sarah’s vivacious vocals are almost identical to Courtney Love, particularly Hole’s 1998 album Celebrity Skin.
Combining punk-rock vocals with alt-rock-inspired bass riffs and crashing cymbals, The Violet Stones are the embodiment of grunge in contemporary society. Showing an aptitude and passion for the DIY approach to music, they are assertive, bold and a force to be reckoned with. Listening to these youngsters is like being punched in the head and slapped across the face – but in the best way possible. Are they The Violet Stones or The Violent Stones; either way, I cannot wait for their upcoming album and any other singles they plan along the way!