Similar To: Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphy's, The Clash
Everyone has a story to tell about The Stanfields √¢‚Ç¨‚Äú if you don√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢t, give it time.
Inciting mosh pits and still making Mom proud, The Stanfields attract fans of all classes and creeds that vocalist Jon Landry affectionately describes as √¢‚Ç¨≈ìpeople who work hard and play hard, and are the most generous, down to earth and supportive people that one could ever hope to meet.√¢‚Ç¨¬ù
There are no glamorous motives - just five working class Canadians with an honest desire to entertain. √¢‚Ç¨≈ìI think being a √¢‚Ç¨Àúworking class musician√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢ is a great thing to aspire to,√¢‚Ç¨¬ù Jon muses. √¢‚Ç¨≈ìTo us, √¢‚Ç¨Àúrock-star√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢ is a dirty word that caters more to your ego than your quality of life.√¢‚Ç¨¬ù
It started in 2008 when The Stanfields took the East coast entirely by storm with their rhythm-fueled hard rock laced with traditional roots sounds. Coming onto the scene with a single entitled √¢‚Ç¨≈ìThe Dirtiest Drunk (in the History of Liquor)√¢‚Ç¨¬ù and a live show best described as intense celebration, it√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s easy for those who√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢ve yet to dig deeper to coin The Stanfields as a one-dimensional kitchen party band with a drink in their hands.
√¢‚Ç¨≈ìWe want people to leave our shows with a smile on their face and a ringing in their ears. One might argue that this is in direct opposition to our lyrical content, but I feel they are two sides of the same coin. It's okay to celebrate life even though there are many things you would like to see changed,√¢‚Ç¨¬ù says Jon.
√¢‚Ç¨≈ìWe just love to see a crowd going nuts,√¢‚Ç¨¬ù Jason Wright adds. √¢‚Ç¨≈ìWe put a lot of thought and feeling into our records. It's when we get to concentrate on our art. Once that's done and we√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢re on stage, it's time to switch gears and focus on the show. The art is finished and now it's party time.√¢‚Ç¨¬ù
With the help of iconic producer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica, Aerosmith) The Stanfields better capture the intensity of their riotous live show on Death & Taxes (coming September 18) with harder, faster and full-on thunderous waves of rhythm and roaring harmonies behind menacing leads.
√¢‚Ç¨≈ìWe√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢ve grown to be louder, faster versions of ourselves. Many thousands of road and air miles, and all the trappings therein, tend to have that kind of effect on a band like ours,√¢‚Ç¨¬ù Jon explains. √¢‚Ç¨≈ìWhere Vanguard is all over the place stylistically, Death & Taxes is more focused on our rock and roll influences.√¢‚Ç¨¬ù
√¢‚Ç¨≈ìRun on the Banks√¢‚Ç¨¬ù comes across as a continuation of Vanguard√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s √¢‚Ç¨≈ìGhost of the Eastern Seaboard√¢‚Ç¨¬ù by offering a deeper look into the effects organized crime can have on unsuspecting families, and √¢‚Ç¨≈ìBlacktop Blues√¢‚Ç¨¬ù reflects the frustrations of men fated to hard labour from a first person point of view. √¢‚Ç¨≈ìInvisible Hands√¢‚Ç¨¬ù and √¢‚Ç¨≈ìJack of All Trades√¢‚Ç¨¬ù call out the greed sitting at the foundation of modern society.
√¢‚Ç¨≈ìI'm not sure that the struggles traditionally defined as √¢‚Ç¨ÀúAtlantic Canadian√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢ are any different than those of the rest of our world. Everyone feels the pain of a contracting economy, self-serving leadership and social injustice, so I don't think our musical viewpoint is either unique or moulded by our region of origin,√¢‚Ç¨¬ù Jon says. √¢‚Ç¨≈ìWe are one of many in a chorus of voices from far and wide who are fed up with a system of governance which provides a platform that encourages destructive behaviour. Let me be clear: in my personal view, this isn't a drastic change of ideology for our band. Death & Taxes is hammering on the same points as Vanguard, but this time we are being more frank about it.√¢‚Ç¨¬ù
But they√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢re not going to do it alone. √¢‚Ç¨≈ìAs clich√É¬© as it sounds, we√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢re nothing without our fans,√¢‚Ç¨¬ù Craig adds.
And that√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s where The Stanfields√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢ culture meets their simple desire to entertain √¢‚Ç¨‚Äú the stuff stories are made of.