The Stiletto Formal

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The Stiletto Formal
Origin Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Genres Post-hardcore, progressive rock, experimental rock
Years active 2004–2009
Labels Eyeball Records
Members Kyle Howard
Paul Neely
Sunny Davis
Jimi Lamp
Pat McCarthy
Notable instruments

The Stiletto Formal was a self-proclaimed "eccentric rock and roll" band from Phoenix, Arizona, and were one of the few rock bands featuring a cello and other exotic instruments and effects as an integral part of their sound. In addition to these qualities and unusual time signatures, Kyle Howard's falsetto provided distinction in their music. Their lyrics are often constructed into a short story format. They had gained a local fanbase in Arizona and were attracting national attention after playing nationwide tours and appearing on the Vans Warped Tour; however, band frontman Kyle Howard relocated to Los Angeles in 2009, and the group's Facebook and Myspace profiles have since been devoid of group activity.

In addition to their two released EP's, Masochism In The Place Of Romance and This Is My Boomstick, the band has two unreleased songs, "The Everlasting Gaze" originally performed by Smashing Pumpkins and a demo called "This Song Can't Be About Blowing Things Up Because Of Terrorism".

Their debut album is entitled ¡Fiesta Fiesta Fiesta Fiesta!, which is self-described as being "dark but still upbeat". It was released on October 21, 2008.[1] They worked with producers Cory Spotts (Job For A Cowboy, Greeley Estates) and Darrell Thorp (Radiohead, Outkast, Beck) for the album, which was released on Eyeball Records.

Final Lineup[edit]

  • Kyle Howard - Vocals, Percussion, Keyboard
  • Paul Neely - Bass, Percussion, Keyboard
  • Sunny Davis - Cello, Shaker
  • Jimi Lamp - Guitar
  • Pat McCarthy - Drums

Former members[edit]

  • Nole Kennedy - Drums
  • Drew Domm - Drums
  • Shelly Barnes - Keyboard, Vocals, Percussion
  • Brady Leffler - Keyboard


Gear Used[edit]

  • Kyle Howard - Korg Keyboard, Foot processor, Maracas, Cowbell, Timpanes, others
  • Paul Neely - MicroKorg, Roland SP-404, BOSS Bass Overdrive, Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi, Sans-Amp, others
  • Sunny Davis - Zeta Strados Fusion Electric Cello, Boss Digital Delay, Either a Danelectro Chorus or Octave Pedal, others
  • Jimi Lamp - '72 Fender Telecaster, Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi, Boss Digital Delay, ErnieBall Volume Pedal, Ibanez Tube Screamer, others