The musical bond between Neil Sheasby and Neil Jones is as concrete as their band name: Stone Foundation. The two Neils came to soul music from very different directions.
Neil Sheasby hit adolescence as the early 80s mod revival reached critical mass, heeding the call of Dexys and The Jam to follow their muse back to Stax, Motown and the infinite riches of northern soul.
Neil Jones took a more scenic route, a fan of old skool hip hop whose detective work to decipher the many samples and breakbeats eventually led him to a similar record collection.
Despite growing up on each other’s doorstep “along the A5 corridor in Warwickshire”, the Neils didn’t meet until the late 90s at a gig in London, both playing in different bands on the same bill. When their respective groups split, bassist Sheasby asked vocalist Jones if he’d be interested in writing songs together. “That was nearly 20 years ago,” notes Sheasby. “From that point forth we’ve never looked back.”
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