They’ve Shot Flanigan


"We want to be more famous than the Rolling Stones."


They’ve Shot Flanigan came onto the scene in 2001, playing small shows in central Indiana. Since then, they have evolved into a touring rock and roll band playing with such acts as Copeland, mewithoutYou, Allister, and Hawthorne Heights. Their music can be described as a conglomeration of their eclectic influences which range from Pink Floyd to Metallica to Sigur Ros. I had the opportunity to sit down with Zach Stonerock, the lead singer of the band, and ask him some questions.

Q. What are the names of your band mates?

A. My brothers name is Gabriel Stonerock and he plays the guitar, Brad Johnson is the bassist, and Mason Simmons is on the skins.

Q. You formed the band in 2001. What is the band’s goal concerning success in the music industry?

A. We want to be more famous than the Rolling Stones.

Q. Who do you all dream to play with someday?

A. Really, we’ll play with anybody. There are many bands who are good friends of ours, so it’s always fun playing a show with them. But I guess it would be pretty sweet to open for a Led Zeppelin reunion tour or something ridiculous like that.

Q. Which band member is the worst singer?

A. Ha. We are all good singers. Nice try.

Q. If you had the chance to go on a six month tour, which places would you love to play?

A. We’ve never gotten the opportunity to do a full US tour, so I would probably start there. Every time we’ve toured, we’ve done a certain region of the country, so it would be nice to start on the east coast and make our way out west. Also, we want to play Disney World.

Q. If you could play an acoustic session with anyone, dead or living, who would it be and why?

A. Johnny Cash. The man had so much insight into not only songwriting, but also the more important aspects of life. Just a chance to be able to absorb some of his wisdom, musical and otherwise, would be the experience of a lifetime.

Q. Rock bands and groupies typically go hand in hand. Do you guys meet a lot of groupies at your shows?

A. Ha. No. I don’t think I have ever met a single eligible girl at a show. Most of our fans are guys trying to work out their anger issues.

Q. When can your fans look forward to hearing some new music from you guys?

A. We are recording an album right now with Seth Henderson at Always Be Genius Studios in Crown Point, Indiana. We don’t have a release date yet, but are hoping to put it out sometime this winter.

Q. Who writes the majority of the songs?

A. Gabe usually comes up with the beginning ideas of a song and he works to create a structure. Then he, Brad, and Mason get together and play what Gabe has written, making adjustments along the way. When we have the instrumentation of a song pretty well finalized, I will write some lyrics. Sometimes I write the vocal melodies, sometimes Gabe writes them, but we most often write them together.

Q. Final question. I’ll make it a good one. If you were stranded on an island for the rest of your life and could only bring one of your songs to listen to, which one would it be and why?

A. My favorite Flanigan song to listen to is probably “November” from our 2008 album. The recording is really good and the production is really good, and it’s a song that we are all extremely proud to have written. And the lyrics have a special meaning to me. Also, the end sounds like Black Sabbath.

Here is a track from the band called “November.” Listen and enjoy.

Listen here

The End.

  1. we took a band wide vote…
    and would rather sleep with zach than mick jagger.
    does that count?

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