Juston Stens was a guitarist in a young punk band before turning to drums at age 20 after breaking his wrist. He ended up as the drummer for the popular rock band Dr. Dog after moving to Philadelphia, but always considered himself foremost a singer, songwriter and guitar player.
Stens left Dr. Dog to play guitar and write and record his own music, a hard decision that he marked by rebuilding a 1972 Triumph motorcycle and hitting the road. The resulting cross-country journey took him to visit friends in bands like Wilco, Spoon, Dr. Dog, Apollo Sunshine and Giant Cloud. Stens wrote and recorded songs with musical pals at each destination, and the trip was documented in an upcoming film, “I Lay Where I Fall.”
Stens’ debut album, Trash or Treasure, was released last year and reissued on vinyl in summer of 2013. It has a timeless sound that harkens back to classic ’50s rock and roll—part surf guitar, part Elvis and Bill Haley and the Comets. Stens is now on the road throughout the Northeast with his rock band, the Get Real Gang, and will release a new album, Share the Road, in October on limited-edition vinyl and digitally on all major download and streaming sites.