The Stanleys’ debut EP Always (self-released) is available today, Tuesday May 1st.
Meeting and forming the band over Myspace, Australia’s Mark Di Renzo (Gigantic) and Jamie Horsburgh collaborated with Norway’s Tomas Dahl (Turbonegro), eventually hitting studios in Oslo, Paris, Perth and Sydney to track their first generation of songs.
Given the nature of the band, it was quite fitting that The Stanleys introduced themselves via a 2011 world tour that saw them blister audiences across Europe, North America, Japan and Australia with an itinerary of festivals, supports and headlining shows. Not a bad way to kick things off, really.
As far as the recording side of things, it’s a pretty effective combination of song-writers and players considering the members’ other bands, but when you throw into the mix studio wizards like Ken Stringfellow (REM, The Posies) and Andy Lawson (Eskimo Joe), it’s got some pretty steady footing.
Leading with the title-track as first their single, The Stanleys have put Always out into the world because it’s as definitive, at this early stage, as anything else: straight-up classic power-pop with one eye on the girl and the other on the car. Fun music.
Always follows the same logic as Eric Bana’s Love The Beast, where the notion that a man can truly love a car. Swept up in hook-laden melodies, the song’s power is its ability to have you singing along, even if you’re making up your own words the first few times.
Veterans from opposite ends of the Earth, The Stanleys are a band that started out as nothing more than a little idea. Sometimes, though, a little idea can take you all over the world.
The Stanleys are set to embark on a world-wide tour, rocking China, Australia, the U.S. and Canada on their Always Tour this summer.
6.11 Los Angeles, CA @ The Viper Room
6.13 San Diego, CA @ Eleven
6.19 Boston, MA @ Middle Ease (Upstairs)
6.20 Brooklyn, NY @ Trash Bar
6.21 New York, NY @ Arlene’s Grocery
6.22 Cleveland, OH @ Centreville Mills Park
6.23 Chicago, IL @ Phyllis’ Musical Inn
6.26 Bloomington, IN @ Bears Place Bar
6.28 Chicago, IL @ US Beer Company
6.29 Madison, WI @ The Frequency
6.30 Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfeste