Stanley Ross

Stanley Ross

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
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"MN-EP" is out on RockProper.com and it was recorded with Gary Burger of The Monks!

Biography

Stanley Ross is the moniker for Chicago based songwriter Nicholas Meiers.

After getting Stanley Ross going in 2004 with a split seven inch vinyl release and quick tour of the west coast, Stanley Ross was put somewhat on the shelf to play bass in Love Story in Blood Red, and for Devin Davis. As those projects slowed, in 2007 Stanley Ross wrote and recorded the full length debut "Favorites" which was self released 01/10/08.

The reviews of Favorites from friends and the press were positive (see press section of this EPK), but without a label, management, or sweaty van 9 months a year, it's very difficult to know if a larger audience agrees.

Stanley Ross recorded a follow up called "Here With Me" that was self released on 08/01/2009. It charted in the top 30 on WLUW in Chicago and had a few positive reviews as well.

The latest release is a six song offering called MN-EP which was put out on Chicago based net label RockProper.com. The EP was recorded with Gary Burger of 60's legends The Monks, and features a guest trumpet appearance by Tim Cronin who is currently performing in Camera Obscura. The release date for MN-EP was April 6th, 2010.

The past few years have included many regional shows, one west-coast tour, a show in Brooklyn, and an appearance in Ireland. The "bands played with" list includes Holy Fuck, Br. Danielson, Elf Power, A Place to Bury Strangers, Jeffrey Lewis, Joe Jack Talcum of The Dead Milkmen, and Okkervil River.

"MN-EP," "Favorites," and "Here With Me" were recorded and co-produced by Kris Poulin who's credits include Pinback, Will Oldham, Smog, and Jim O'Rourke.

Also, Nicholas Meiers has contributed to some other projects over the past few years, namely: Harbor Lights [PowerRecordings.com], Jitney [RockProper.com], Kaspar Hauser [KasparHauserMusic.net], Last Cannibals [PowerRecordings.com], and Soft Jolts.

Lyrics

Shrug it Off

Written By: Stanley Ross

Cigarettes and coffee and icy hot showers
The red wine we drink with our sons and our daughters
And "I hung around there wasting my time"
That’s a line from a rhyme from way back in a time
When you used to get surprised by loneliness and homeliness
Your parents and their empty nest but most of all the second guess
Of the time we spent, and the time we saved, the time we played
Before we laid in our graves

The fingers that pick and the fingers that poke
The singers who sing and then make a joke
You danced round the room spinning grinning
The sinning of living is something you dwelled on when winning
But things had to change so you shot up your range
Now your safety’s off and we can’t complain

Defy and play like you do
With no respect for the game or for the rules
And shrug it off

Cigarettes and coffee and icy hot showers
Steal a car to get off
But don’t call on me when you’re caught

Your security blanket is so old and torn
Now it’s blanket statements that keep you warm
And the soapbox you wash on for all us to see
When you fall off and bleed well at least you’ll be clean
And cleansed from your friends and the means to the ends
Of the earth that’s new to you like the bends

Defy and play like you do
With no respect for the game or for the rules
And shrug it off

Cigarettes and coffee and icy hot showers
Steal a car to get off
But don’t call on me when you’re caught

Make Us Deaf

Written By: Stanley Ross

Say no to those butterfly knives in your stomach
and make a cocoon of the plans we have
pick up your camera and stick it in your eye
there's a million targets to shoot and I'm glad
that you took a step forward from shuffling back
now deal out what you've got and never look back
for the grandest of orchestras stuck in your head
are playing to you while you lie in bed

sing us a song for working
sing us a song for death
sing us a song for loving anything we might have left

oh I love you baby and no one really cares
so sing a song for our broken ears
cuz the drums in our hearts make us deaf

windy windy stone roads pour like drinks through a country
to an old empty farmhouse where we first felt the thirst
and the men that I stood with man I could have sworn that
we fought together two hundred years ago
I can see it, so real I can't fake it
a skin full of bevies is all we had to show

sing us a song for working
sing us a song for death
sing us a song for loving anything we might have left

oh I love you baby and no one really cares
so sing a song for our broken ears
cuz the drums in our hearts make us deaf

Turnstyles

Written By: Stanley Ross

Turnstyles we want to turn styles
And then drive miles

Turnstyles we want to turn styles
And then drive wild

I won’t
Tell anyone I’m not supposed to

About what pokes out from your heart

Huddle under parachute
Spin sun dressed children dancing [round]

Turnstyles we want to turn styles

GO!

Written By: Stanley Ross

I didn't know you were a sad sack slumber-heart
Taking pills for the thrills now you're really smart
I don't wanna hear of things I can't control
Don't wanna hear about a heart I can't console

The past is funny in a made you flinch kinda way
Makes you grab at punching lines up until you say
I don't wanna hear of things I can't control
Don't wanna hear about a heart I can't console

You really wanna spend the night thinking about the past
And remind me of everything that I said
I don't wanna hear of things I can't control
Don't wanna hear about a heart I can't console

Ya I can learn I can log I remember that
But I can't see what's in front when I'm looking back
I don't wanna hear of things I can't control
Don't wanna hear about a heart I can't console

Discography

MN-EP - 04/2010 on RockProper.com

Here With Me - full length 08/2009

Chin Music - online only single 03/2009

Favorites - full length 01/2008

Justice Music Project - comp single 2006

Nelsonian EP - 2006 (Devin Davis produced, limited release)

4 Track Mind EP - 2005 (limited release)

Stanley Ross / Love Story in Blood Red - split 7" vinyl on Nodak Records 2004

Set List

35 minutes - simple set up - currently performing as a trio