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New Music: Stanley

Tess Askew


Monday 25th July saw Stanley release their second single Sandwiches and Tea. The single is a story of lost love, set to the backdrop of a riding rhythm which builds to a grand, moving climax. Some questionable lyrics such as “you sucked my thing and then you left…you kissed him” almost threaten to ruin what is otherwise a lovely, soft, heartfelt love song but ultimately fit in with the quirky style of the band. Lead singer Stephen Podlesny’s voice has a gorgeous tone to it and is booming, but also fragile when needed. This song is definitely very reminiscent of Divine Comedy’s music, and Podlesny does have an air of Neil Hannon to his voice, and the two groups are also fairly similar in lyrical style. The band have certainly put in the ground work, promoting this single for the past few months in a very pure way, playing as many gigs as possible and spreading the word both in person or online.

Prior to this was their first single Monkeys and Friends, which was released in late 2010. The track is a short sharp burst – it is a nice introduction which leaves you wondering what this band has to offer. Since the release of that first single, the band have been gathering pace and have picked up plays by such Scottish radio luminaries as Vic Galloway and Jim Gellatly as well as on BBC 6 Music.

The band hail from sunny Aberdeen and were formed in the Summer of 2009 and are comprised of an impressive array of talented musicians, three of which are music teachers. Stanley signed to Kittiwake Records after a stint supporting The Bees and are due to release their self produced debut album in Spring of 2011.