The Stantons started life as a hybrid of country and indiepop in the winter of 2006. Marrying banjo, boy/girl vocals and various folk and alt.country-flavoured instruments to tales of school bullies, hallucinating murderers, repentant sinners and drowned childhood, their debut album Welcome To Stanton Country quickly gained praise from the likes of Is This Music?, The Daily Record, Radio 1 and The Skinny. Gigging with the likes of Monica Queen and Southern Tenant Folk Union at Tigerfest, El Rancho Relaxo, Leith Folk Club and Kelburn Garden Party helped spread the word and gain the band an enduring fanbase.
Having gone through various personnel and instrument changes in the past couple of years, the new incarnation emerged blinking into the sunlight in 2011 armed with a new set of songs and a more eclectic sound, mixing up gypsypop, American folk, sea-shanties and acoustica to produce a harder-edged feel. Their forthcoming album will mix songs drawing from these traditions, telling tall tales of evil clowns, ghostly warriors, lost Vikings and blissed-out festivalgoers.Nice things people have said about The Stantons:
‘smooth pastoral harmonies and delectable hillbilly acoustics...like the soundtrack to a black and white western, this banjo-led ensemble turns melancholic pondering into a gloriously effusive art form' The Skinny
‘their motto might well be the lyric ‘the blue of your eyes disguise the black of your heart'...it's the country of the deep south (and I'm not talking Portobello) that pervades this rather wonderful debut album - from the deathly slow harmonised bluegrass of ‘Last Waltz' to the band's signature tune, the show-stopping ‘Splinter'.' Is This Music?
‘What We Love Hearing - Since their first show at Tigerfest in 2006 they've played with Monica Queen, The Well and Southern Tenant to name a few'...Metro