It's been a hectic year for the guys in 12 Stones.
It all started back in July of 2010 when the band released their EP The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday. This came as a surprise since they had spent months writing and recording for a full-length album. But instead of a new album, we only got an EP. Strange, indeed.
A short time later, in August, 12 Stones announced that they had parted ways with Wind-Up Records, their label of nine years, leading to speculation that Wind-Up had forced the band into a limited release. Though they took the high road and kept things formal, one can't help but notice the tinge of bitterness in their official statement on the matter:
"We felt it was time for a change. We have a vision for this band that we feel is best pursued elsewhere."
Following their split from Wind-Up, 12 Stones expressed their intention to give their fans the full-length album that they had promised. They hit the studio with producer Skidd Mills almost instantly and got right to work.
In February of this year, 12 Stones made an announcement on their website that they had signed a brand new record deal with the EMG label. Even more good news.
And now, just a few days ago, 12 Stones posted a press release on their facebook where they officially announced their new album, Only Human, which will be released on August 23, 2011!
This is awesome, as I wasn't really satisfied with only an EP's worth of new stuff from 12 Stones. Now our thirst will be quenched with a full album! 12 Stones have really shown through this experience that they can overcome difficulties together as a band, and I'm sure their fans are grateful for that. I know I am.