Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Small Stone, Big Deal 

Red Giant signs with a raw-rock powerhouse.

The Sounds, kicking it at their February 21 Agora - show. - WALTER  NOVAK
  • Walter Novak
  • The Sounds, kicking it at their February 21 Agora show.
Cleveland stoner-rock standouts Red Giant have signed a two-album deal with Detroit's Small Stone records, home to esteemed '70s-throwback bands including the Fireball Ministry, MTV VJ Iann Robinson's Puny Human, and Porn (the Men of).

Red Giant's relationship with the label dates back to 2000, when the band contributed a cover of "Lord of the Thighs" to the label's early-Aerosmith tribute album.

"I was a fan of theirs," says Scott Hamilton, Small Stone's sole proprietor and an employee of media giant Clear Channel by day. "I got a demo of theirs a couple months ago. I popped it in and said, 'Let's do it.'"

Slated for summer release, the self-produced LP was recorded at the band members' homes, with guitarist Damien behind the boards. "It sounds a lot better than our previous ones," says singer-guitarist Alex. "This one's louder and bigger than anything we've done before -- full-on Marshall-stack sound. It's way heavier than our first two. Less fuzzy, more rock. It's back and forth between big, spacey, and dynamic and too loud."

Small Stone signed a distribution deal with giant Allegro Music (formerly Nail) at the end of 2003, securing increased placement in major chain stores, with access to more than 100,000 buyers. Hamilton expects to press 2,000 copies of Red Giant's as-yet-untitled album and distribute 400 promotional discs.

Red Giant will play Small Stone's showcase at this year's South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, on Friday, March 19. The band will share a bill at Room 710 with Suplecs, the Glasspack, and Cleveland regulars Speedealer.

"It ain't for the music industry or the business. That's for damn sure," Alex says of Red Giant. "It's something that we started in high school, and it's been going since. Like four buddies playing poker or basketball."

· Former Runt guitarist Dizmo has opened Third World Studios in Brunswick, partnering with ex-Vent drummer Brooklyn Dean. The facility includes rooms for sound, recording, and vocals.

"People are doing a lot of home recording with just a computer, and it doesn't always sound so good," says Dizmo. "We want to be able to help bands do a lower-cost album." He can be reached at 330-321-6627.

· But he really wants to direct . . . Integrity frontman Dwid has been tapped to lens a video for European vegan metalers Arkangel. The clip for "From Heaven We Fall," off the band's recent Dead Man Walking LP, hits video outlets in a few weeks.

· Following an internal rift, Cleveland blues notables the Swamp Boogie Queens have changed their name to the Swamp Boogie Band. The group plays Fat Fish Blue Saturday, February 28.

· Cuyahoga Falls eatery Nanna's Restaurant now hosts an acoustic singer-songwriters' showcase Wednesdays and Fridays. The venue is accepting submissions for acts of all genres. For more information, contact Tony at 330-928-8222 or visit the restaurant at 2655 Oakwood Drive.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Latest in Makin' the Scene

More by D.X. Ferris

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • Andrea Bocelli @ Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

    • Thu., Dec. 2
  • Kellen Erskine @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Thu., Dec. 2
  • Louis C.K. @ Agora Theatre

    • Thu., Dec. 2

© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation