Quarantine Q&A #8 – We caught up with Elliot from Stone to hear about how he’s doing in lockdown!

We here at Underscore Part 3 HQ are like most of the UK are scratching our heads at what on earth to do in this weird and not wonderful world we’ve found ourselves thrown into. Well considering we’re always chatting shit to the best acts on the sea of global indie we decided to use this to our advantage and get a plethora of acts to give us some lockdown tips! After a chaotic and fun acoustic performance on our #stayathome Sessions on Instagram – we asked Elliot of Stone how he’s been doing in these crazy times!

Hi Stone, we hope you are all doing OK during lock down! Who are you all currently staying/living with?

Hope you’re well! We’re all good and staying in regular contact – currently Fin’s staying with his girlfriend, I’m (Elliot) at home with my girlfriend, Alex is at home and Sarah’s gone all the way back to Oxford to be with hers.

Recently Off The Record did a piece asking people for their top 3 isolation albums, could we ask yours? One classic, one newish and one curve ball?

Classic – Doolittle by The Pixies

New – Dogrel by Fontaines DC

Curveball – Rio by Duran Duran (but I would also file under classic)

What’s your current favourite series/TV show you’re binging?

Currently rewatching Breaking Bad, still one of the best shows made, but also watched that Normal People on BBC and I think the romantic in me really enjoyed it. I will make time to watch The Wire as all I hear are good things….

What is the first thing you’ll do after lockdown is lifted?

As soon as it’s safe to do so I think we all want to make time to see our family and friends, get down the pub and get the rounds in, and at the earliest convenience we’ll be right back in the praccy room to cook up some new tunes. Live situation is as of yet still a bit ambiguous for everyone, but we have a headliner booked for October which we are hoping will be okay to go ahead.

What is your favourite snacky snack for quarantine?

Chocolate mostly but I’m really getting into spending £30 a night on takeaway… my bank account isn’t taking so kindly to it though.

What are your top tips for staying sane during isolation?

I think creativity and artistic/musical pursuits are really important to keep the cogs going in your brain, but with the amount of time many of us now have on our hands there also seems to be a lot of growing pressure to stay constantly productive. While I’m embracing the opportunity to play and write without any work or responsibilities getting in the way, it’s also good to just spend some of this time doing sweet F.A. Also, walking, cycling and doing a little bit of exercise now and then helps. I do want to write a bit more, and certainly read more but right now I’m pretty immersed in my current Skyrim playthrough…

If you could go to any gig tonight who would be on the line up?

STONE!!! Honestly, I’m not too picky – would just love to see what we’ll all do once everything goes back to normal, definitely want to catch Samurai Kip and Courting again. I know I have taken a lot of gig opportunities for granted though, so I definitely want to make more time to attend gigs. I’ve been listening to a lot of Duran Duran though so for now, STONE and Duran Duran, but anyone is welcome to join us.

Loads of acts are doing lots of digital things to entertain their fans, have you done anything yet or do you have any plans to? What are/were they?

Fin performed for you lovely lot last week, but outside this we are currently working on a few things which we are excited to show everyone. We’re taking part in two more digital festivals as of right now, Finsperry and Liverpool Digital Music Festival

Whats in store for Stone once life goes back to normal?

Gigs at the earliest and safest convenience, writing and hopefully recording some more tunes and hopefully by next year should be on the festival circuit fingers crossed.

Words: James Wadsworth @jamespart31