Review: Jack Foley
WHEN The Stands released their breakthrough single, Here She
Comes Again, a few weeks back, the buzz surrounding that record
seemed to be heralding the arrival of another indie band in The
La's/There She Goes mould.
In truth, the band's sound lies more in the psychedelia-laced
days of the late Sixties/early Seventies, with vocals, guitars
and mouth organs evoking comparisons with the likes of luminaries
such as The Beatles, the Stones, Dylan and The Doors.
Which is no mean feat, given that The Stands are more than capable
of throwing in the odd, breezy, contemporary number, such as Here
She Comes Again, which really helps to keep listeners on their
Little wonder then that their fanbase can count Noel Gallagher
among their ever-growing number, even though a recommendation
from the Oasis singer-songwriter isn't necessarily a good thing.
In this case, though, it's worth listening to. The Stands debut
is an accomplished long-player, which positively bristles with
energy, and which bears all the hallmarks of something that is
headed for classic status.
As singer-songwriter, Howie Payne, readily confesses, some of
the great tracks of the past are based around 'the same melodic
structures', and 'around the melody and the lyrics', a point which
led him to believe he should form a band capable of emulating
Hence, it's no mistake that so many of the tracks bear all the
hallmarks of the bands I have already mentioned, with Always
Is The Same/Shine On bearing an uncanny resemblance to Dylan,
complete with searing mouth-organ solos, and the divine The
Love You Give sounding like contemporary Beatles.
And yet the tracks have enough about them to possess a vitality
all of their own, complete with Payne's nasal, yet chirpy vocals,
and Luke Thomson and Payne's melodic guitars.
It's a breeze, for sure, a nostalgic throwback to the reasons
why The Beatles and the Stones remain so endearingly popular.
The trick? Keep it simple. The effect is electric. The Stands
look like they could be here to stay - and could even have the
Gallaghers looking over their shoulder!
Horse Fabulous: The Stands'
second album reviewed
1. Ive Waited So Long
2. All Years Leaving
3. Outside Your Door
4. When This River Rolls Over You
5. Its Only Everything
6. Always Is The Same / Shine On
7. Here She Comes Again
8. The Big Parade
9. The Love You Give
10. I Need You
11. Some Weekend Night
12. The Way She Does