STIMULI, an original rock band from Oakland CA, have been actively performing their style of progressive rock to audiences throughout California in support of their self-titled 6- track EP.
Frequently described as a combination between Black Sabbath’s hard rock style mixed with Tool’s progressive sound, the band continues to work writing new material for their upcoming full-length album
“The diverse musical influences we have as individuals often make the song writing process demanding. But when it finally comes together on stage and we connect with the crowd that makes it all worth it. That’s why we do this, to connect with people through our music.”
STIMULI’s debut EP was recorded at the legendary Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA (Credence Clearwater Revival, Santana, Green Day) and was produced by Grammy Award winning engineer Mark Vinten (Usher, Lil’ John, Jon Davis).
STIMULI’s music journeys through progressive themes, odd time signatures, heavy riffs, polyrhythmic patterns, and melodic, soothing interludes. Their approach combines edgy hard rock with alternative elements and ambitious progressive music.
Piqued by an interest in one another’s musical tastes Kris Nova (vocals), Jimmy Tomahawk (guitars), and Cole Andrew (drums) formed STIMULI in 2013.
While the band draws heavily from each member’s influences (Led Zeppelin, Porcupine Tree, Karnivool) their collective sound contains a uniqueness to distinguish itself from any particular band or genre.
Tai Hake (bass) joined STIMULI during pre-production of the self-titled EP adding a growling bottom end to the rhythm section.
This provided Jimmy and Kris the freedom to explore composite melodies within Cole’s cerebral and aggressive drumming approach.
The varying influences of the band, among those Rush, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden and Meshuggah, have the potential to take band members in different directions, however STIMULI are able to meld components of these varying genres into a cohesive sound.