Bands rarely enjoy comparisons, but if you were to take the intelligence of The Divine Comedy, the creativity of Radiohead circa The Bends and the soaring vocal talents of Scott Walker you wouldn't be far away. And that can't be bad, can it?


Aberdeen-based band Stanley formed in mid-2002 and have spent the last few years impressing live audiences with their outstanding music and extremely individual and multi-layered sound. The group were a featured act at the “Go North” music industry event in Aberdeen and have also provided support to acts such as The Bees, Marina and the Diamonds and Mumford and Sons. They have also had their music played by DJs such as Vic Galloway on both Radio 1 and Radio Scotland and are currently at the mixing stage of their first album.

The five piece band draw on a wide range of influences - from Scott Walker and the Beach Boys, to Radiohead and The Divine Comedy - and bring together guitars, drums and keyboard with the unusual addition of a vibraphone.

Stanley combine both musical talent and imagination to create a sound that is innovative, unique, and as a result, totally unclassifiable. Highly accomplished compositions and expressive lyrics are successfully merged, and enhanced further by their lead singer's distinctive and breathtakingly powerful voice.

The group's songs encompass everything from politics, paranoia and the idiosyncrasies of life, evoking a spectrum of emotions - feelings from the melancholy to the sublime. This is achieved with a broad scope of sounds and styles, from swirling fairground melodies and dramatic orchestration, to good old fashioned rock. Stanley's diverse collection illustrates their versatility, and each song captures a different aspect of their unconventional, quirky charm.

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