Interview with Jon Cosky of Stone Nomads and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
JC: Well, first and foremost we are a metal band from Houston Texas, and the elevator pitch is “we sound like Black Sabbath + Crowbar” but that’s kind of just a small glimpse into our sound. We tend to get classified in the Stoner/Doom/Sludge genre(s) which is pretty accurate, those are 3 great descriptors of our sound, but we don’t put any boundaries on what we write so you will hear undertones of a lot of other influences and ideas running through the songs. The two main songwriters – Jude Sisk (Bass/Vocals) and myself Jon Cosky (Guitar/vocals) have been playing in the heavy underground for 20+ years so a lot of different influences have crept in over time. Our Drummer Dwayne Crosby, brings another set of influence as well to really round out the sound.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
JC: We all grew up in the Houston area of Texas. Jude and I have been in the heavy underground scene in Texas since the 90’s and have known each other and been in bands together previously. We both started playing guitar as teenagers and have been writing original music just as long. Dwayne started playing drums in his teenage years and had been in the cover-band circuit up until covid.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
JC: We all share a common love of Black Sabbath, which has been a huge inspiration. For me personally the bands Trouble, Paradise Lost, COC and Crowbar have been a big influence. Jude shares similar influences and is a huge Saint Vitus and Pentagram fan. Dwayne brings a bit more of the modern influence from the Doom scene and is a huge fan of 90’s Grunge bands like Alice In Chains and Soundgarden. Guitar-wise for me Jimi Hendrix and SRV were a huge influence, but so were metal guys like James Murphy and Randy Rhoads, so my playing is a bit of a mish-mash of styles. Lyrically we are pretty diverse and cover everything from Celtic Mythology to Future Dystopia and everything in between. It all starts with the riff, and the mood it creates. Wherever that takes us and the imagery it creates is where the lyrics end up coming from. We never try to force anything to write about a certain subject.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
JC: We’d love to take this is far as we can professionally and that certainly is the goal, but at the end of the day all three of us do this for the love of the music. It’s a cliche answer but it really is the truth. You can dream of big tours and playing stadiums but if you’re not having fun in the practice room on a Monday night you’re doing something wrong. We all 3 genuinely love creating and playing this music.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
JC: Releasing our debut album – “Fields of Doom” in August would have to be the proudest moment thus far. It’s not hard these days to crap something out on a bedroom protools laptop, but to craft something that took the time and effort that it did and come out with something you’re proud to stand behind is awesome. Getting recognized at #8 on the Doom Charts would be right up there as well!
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
JC:As you say, it is a challenge. We’ve been lucky to pick up some good press early on through work at nights scouring the net and social media and also with the help of our label Gravitoyd Heavy Music. Otherwise up to this point we’ve been doing a lot of it the old fashioned way – grinding and playing live as much as possible and creating a buzz through word-of-mouth. Press certainly helps a ton though.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
JC: As far as booking we work with a few different promoters and sometimes venues directly. We promote shows on Facebook, Instagram and keep our website updated pretty regularly. We are playing Austin TX this weekend, and back in Houston later this month on October 14th at Acadia Bar. We’re working on more dates for later in the year and big things for next year.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
JC: All in all I think streaming is great. It creates an access to a lot more music than we had when I was growing up and from the band perspective it makes it easier to get to your audience without needing huge corporations to back you in the form of major labels. There is a downside of course and it has made it tough to make a living from playing music, and it has created of large crowd of artists that makes it a little tougher to get noticed, but all in all the pros outweigh the cons. It is much easier to launch an album and find a decent level of success for us now than it was when we each started in the 90’s. Digital streaming media is a large part of the reason.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
JC: War Pigs, because it is the best metal song of all time! Just an epic song by an epic band. Still gives me goosebumps when I hear that opening note…
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
JC: Sure there are lot’s of things we wish were different but we don’t waste time dwelling on things we can’t change or do anything about. We’ve all been doing this a long time and have learned over the years to focus on what you can control and let the rest fall where it may. At the end of the day if you keep grinding and writing good music, the people that like it will find it.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
JC: We are all already planning our next album! it’s mostly written and we’re looking to get started recording before year end.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
JC: You can find us on facebook at
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