Originally formed in 2006 in Grand Junction, Colorado, A SMILE FROM THE TRENCHES now hails from Los Angeles, California. ASFTT have been a band since 2006, but 2009 has brought together the most complete and confident formation yet. All members of the band currently feel that they are at their all time creative and musical peak and are ready to tour and work harder than any band in existence.
Frontman and vocalist Stoney Anderson knew fronting a band was his calling the moment he heard the Rolling Stones for the first time. Other groups that made him who he is were Aerosmith and Motley Crue. Brent Javier, a close high school friend of Stoney quickly joined the band early 2007 and has been with Stoney ever since. After many tours through the western and central United States, including stints on Warped Tour 2007 (Ernie Ball Battle of The Bands Winner 2007) and sharing the stage with Escape The Fate, LoveHateHero, Finch, Dance Gavin Dance, The Devil Wears Prada, Emerosa, I Am Ghost, Aiden and many others, Brent and Stoney finally made ground in Los Angeles in 2008 where they both originally met each other. Resorting to hanging out on Hollywood’s legendary “Sunset Strip” Stoney met guitarist Derek Jones, formerly of the Agony Scene (Roadrunner Records), and Ahmad Alkurabi, former guitarist of Beyond All Reasons (Ozzfest) at The Roxy Theater.
How do you describe your music to people, Stoney?
Its a combination between Charles Manson’s thought process and total hahahhaha ummmm... I like to call it rock cause that’s what it is. I’m tired of all these people coming up with sub genres.... what ever happened to rap, country, rock, and disco.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
Me personally I use to sing all the time growing up. My brother and I would sit our nanny down and play Greenday and other bands real loud and perform to her while using a hockey stick as a guitar.... I think its just been in my blood... I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Eat Sushi and play Halo 3.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Making it run smoothly. That’s probably the hardest... On tour getting everyone up and going, and not being hung-over hahaha that’s a tough job.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an ice cream man and a manager at McDonalds... I loved the toys, chicken nuggets and ice cream.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
Nothing in my community has impacted the lyrics that I write. That all goes to the ex girlfriends. My lyrics are everything I dream about doing or wish that I could do.... but I cant cause its not legal... hahahahha
I’m very passionate and a really strong lover, and I think that’s why when it goes bad I feel so strongly and base my emotions on anger and hate. It helps me get over it... I can write love songs too.. like “Dani” our acoustic track and then some sexual songs like “Juicy Fruit” which will both be on the new CD in stores Tuesday October 27th 2009.
What other artists out there do you love?
I love “Mayday Parade” to be honest. I know its not very tough but the lyrics and melodies are amazing. I’m also head over heals for “Taylor Swift”... “HEY TAY IF YOU ARE OUT THERE HIT ME UP... Hahaha”
I also enjoy the “Used” quite a bit. I’m waiting for them to write a bad song but so far it hasn’t happened.
What does your future hold?
Hmm...who knows...will see... Guess you need to stick around....
Be sure to check out the new album from A Smile From The Trenches, Leave the Gambling for Vegas, which drops tomorrow!