12 Stones: Paul McCoy (vocals); Greg Trammell, Eric Weaver (guitar); Aaron Gainer (drums, background vocals).
In the early 2000s, the proven success of Wind-Up Records acts (particularly Creed) positioned the label to develop a number of new artists, including the post-grunge band 12 Stones. The group's momentum was due in no small part to singer Paul McCoy's Grammy-winning guest vocal on "Bring Me to Life," the single that broke labelmates Evanescence into the mainstream. The wealth of experiences gained by touring with like-minded contemporaries Nickelback and 3 Doors Down primed 12 Stones to make POTTER'S FIELD, the group's follow-up to their 2002 debut. In their equally shared writing process, the quartet adopts a fierce melodic-yet-accessible approach, presenting a set of instantly memorable songs, including the hard-driving "Far Away" and the melancholy "Photograph." Although heavy power chords are the order of the day here, the uncertainty of "Stay" and the vulnerability of "The Last Song" show that 12 Stones can rock out with both heart and volume.