Stirling

Stirling

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The Edmonton Journal wrote, "If the guys from Stirling lived in Britain, they'd be on the cover of every music magazine and hailed as the new saviours of rock." They have opened for Kasabian, the Futureheads and the Trash Can Sinatras.

Biography

There is nothing standard about Stirling. How could there be with a band named after a famous British racing driver and that includes a drummer who wanted to be Buddy Rich when he grew up and a lead guitar player who bought every recording the Jesus and Mary Chain ever made. After finally making good on their drunken promises, Stirling was formed in Edmonton by the aforementioned lead guitarist Josh Dallmann and vocalist/guitarist/piano player Matt Booi during the long, cold winter of 2000. Taking their cue from such influences as the Jesus and Mary Chain, the Verve, the Beatles and David Bowie, they convened in a number of basements, rehearsal spaces, bars and legion halls to throw around musical ideas, expound conspiracy theories and share the odd drink. The band began to develop a sound that was distinctly at odds with the alt-country and punk rock that dominated the local music scene. Gigs were booked, shows were played. Members joined, members left. Along the way, two EPs, The View From Here and The Idea and The Deed, were recorded with mad genius Ian Martin at the Twilight Living Room.
In November of 2002, despite positive reviews and a loyal following, Dallmann and Booi concluded that the time had come to leave Edmonton and head for Toronto. Goodbyes were made and a rhythm section was left behind. Fortunately, just after their arrival, they ran into UK born drummer and Buddy Rich aficionado Michael Broadley. The product of jazz musician grandparents and his father's huge vinyl collection, Broadley brought a new sense of drums dynamics to the band with his ability to hit the drums very, very hard. Stirling continued to hone its epic, swirling sound built on Booi's powerful, expressive voice and Dallmann's reverb and delay enhanced sonic adventurousness. A showcase in mid-2003 brought them to the attention of popguru founder Graham Stairs who was impressed enough to sign the band to a management contract. The last piece of the puzzle finally fell into place in the fall of 2003 when they enlisted the services of bassist and sole Torontonian Jeremy Gontier. The band's debut album, Northern Light, was released on June 15th in Canada. The track, I Came Late To The Party, was featured on the Sony Pictures television series Joan of Arcadia and a video for the song was added into Medium rotation on both MuchMusic and MuchMoreMusic.

Lyrics

Cote D'Azur

Written By: Stirling

Can you take us somewhere better?
You said we'd never wait in line.
Talk, talk, talk, talk, talking on your telephone again
Outside my door
You said we'd be in the best hands tonight

Couture for sure
As for me you know I can never tell the difference
Cocksure on the Cote D'Azure
When I think of you, you're smiling for a camera

All your stories end the same
trapped at a party with insert the name
This one used to be something
That one's a little lame
That one's always worth watching
That one's always game

Couture for sure
As for me you know I 'll never tell the difference
Cocksure on the Cote D'Azure
When I think of you, you're smiling for a camera
I'll take your word for
All the positions that you said that she adored
I'll take your word for….everything….Everything

Bridge
More is more is more is more
More is more is more is more

Couture for sure
As for me you know I 'll never tell the difference
Cocksure on the Cote D'Azure
When I think of you you're smiling for a camera
I'll take your word for
All the positions that you said that she adored
I'll take your word for….everything….Everything

I Came Late To The Party

Written By: Stirling

Oh no, said it goes by too fast.
The weekend’s upon us and the weekend’s passed away
Oh no, said it goes by too quick
and "the new school kids never stick their tricks"
You say you knew all along that Malkmus had it wrong.
You said that it takes more than a chorus for a song, for a song.
I can't sleep for the sirens carving up my street

I came late to the party
There was nothing that I could do
But to drive around and around
Practicing the interviews with you

Oh no, said it goes to my head
All the things that you told me, all the things that you said
We know I've been staying up late
Drinking with people I know that you hate
We move around the punctuation my dear
Let's not get any big ideas about what we're doing here
I can't sleep for the club beneath my feet

I came late to the party
There was nothing that I could do
But to drive around and around
Practicing the interviews with you
I came late to the party
There was nothing that I could do
But to drive around and around
Practicing the interviews with you
Because what we've got will never pass
Never pass for talking
No one's talking
No one's talking to me...

Turn Up The Dark

Written By: Stirling

There's no way I'm going home tonight
I'll find my way to your bed instead
As the room spins below us
see the books that you said you'd read
Oh no, not me, I know so much better
Oh no, not me, I dress for the weather

Turn up the dark
I've seen so much and I've seen it all before
Turn up the dark
I've seen so much and I want to go home
You keep me out too late I end up grinding my teeth

Looking for my watch to tell me
how much longer that I can sleep
Oh no not me, I dress for the weather
Oh no not me, I know so much better

Turn up the dark
I've seen so much and I've seen it all before
Turn up the dark
I've seen so much and I want to go home

And there are so many hours in our day
We fill it up with liquor
and reading clever things to say

Turn up the dark
I've seen so much and I've seen it all before
Turn up the dark
I've seen so much and I want to go home

Discography

The View From Here....EP
The Idea and The Deed....EP
Northern Light....LP

Set List

40-50 minute set of original songs drawn mostly from debut album, Northern Light