Brash, soulful, and swaggering, the Seratones play R&B-infused rock & roll with the passion and ferocity of Etta James fronting the Sonics.
The Seratones were formed in Shreveport, Louisiana by vocalist and guitarist A.J. Haynes, guitarist Connor Davis, and drummer Jesse Gabriel. The three were friends from the Shreveport music community, and knew each other well from seeing shows together and playing in various short-lived bands. In time, the three began working on music together, and when the nascent combo won a block of recording time at a local studio, they evolved into a proper band. Bringing aboard bassist Adam Davis, originally from Corvallis, Oregon, the group adopted the name the Ceratones, from "cera," the Spanish word for wax. (Wax is also American slang for vinyl records.) They soon changed their billing to the Seratones, playing on the word "serotonin," a chemical produced by the body that helps people feel happy. The Seratones soon became favorites on the Louisiana club circuit, and when they played a show in Hot Springs, Arkansas, they shared the bill with an act called NERVES. NERVES' lead singer worked in the warehouse at Fat Possum Records, one of the South's strongest indie labels, and on the advice of his warehouse man, the label's head, Matthew Johnson, checked out the band. Johnson liked what he heard, and the Seratones were soon signed to Fat Possum. The band's debut album, Get Gone, was released in May 2016. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi