ESB- Evan Stock Band
By Chad Walton
Photography by Cortney Hunter
19 and shredding! That’s right, Evan Stock, 19 years old and he and his band mates, Stephen Baker, 20 (bass) and Drake Wilson, 19 (drums) are already taking Cedar Rapids by storm. It all started when Evan’s parents, Dave and Lori Stock, let him doodle around on an old guitar of Dave’s at the age of four or five. “I knew then that’s what I wanted to do,” recalls Evan.
By the time Evan was eight, he was taking lessons and beginning to learn to read and write music. Growing up in Cedar Rapids, he played many instruments including the drums in his school (Xavier) Drum-line, piano, harmonica, bass and of course the guitar. His guitars include a Gibson Les Paul, Gibson SG, Fender Telecaster, two Fender Stratocasters and “half of a guitar I found on the road,” states Evan; the total right now is 22 ½ ax machines! Evan actually taught Drake to play drums and Stephen to play bass. After his last band split ways after high school, Evan wanted to involve two of his best friends. So after a few months and eight hours a day practicing, they were a power trio named The Evan Stock Band or ESB as they like to go by in short.
With 25-30 original songs and a repertoire of 70 plus songs, ESB has a huge catalog to play from and is heavily influenced by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Black Sabbath, Cream, and Grand Funk Railroad to name just a few. The first time I saw ESB play was at Parlor City Pub and Eatery in the fall of 2012. When I walked in, the first thing I thought was, “Who in the heck is this and where are they from?” Well, come to find out they were from right here in the Cedar Rapids area. With originals like, The Devils Daughter and Close Your Eyes that have a blues rock back beat, the guitar slices through the music like a master technician that’s been playing for decades.
“People act surprised and think it’s pretty interesting that I’m only 19,” says Evan. Living in the same house as Drake, with Stephen living close by, and having a studio which they have named “Atomic Transmissions,” gives ESB the passion and the togetherness to really thrive through the process of writing, recording, and producing new material; which Evan has been doing for over seven years. “We all really love to see each other excel and grow when it comes to playing music and performing,” states Evan. A few of their favorite venues in town to play are Parlor City Pub and Eatery, Chrome Horse Saloon, and Tornado’s.
ESB focuses on mainly original music, with styles ranging from raw and edgy Jimi Hendrix blues to spacey psychedelic Pink Floyd types of texture that really makes you want to groove. The root rocks power trio delivers a high energy and rocking show that you won’t want to miss. They are currently working on a few new covers that include Evil by Cactus and War Pigs by Black Sabbath.
If you love the driving lead guitar of the 1960’s and 1970’s Southern Rock Jam Band culture, this is a band that you won’t want to miss. For their full schedule including their dates in Chicago at Smoke Daddy’s BBQ, “like” them on Facebook and check out their new website: