Good afternoon one and all. Stanley Towers announces the return of its finest wayward sons for a brief flash of solar activity not witnessed since Copernicus got bashed on the onion by a falling quasar in 1273. (Check your source, junior hack).
Amid the frenzied schedule of its lead belter Dan O’Farrell in a seemingly never-ending tour of first-person crooning action, the remaining venerable indie legends have been boiling their strings and shunning publicity in readiness for the right moment to strike. That time, folks, is now.
First up is the rather marvellous Music in the City bash, which sees every noisemaker in the district plying their wares in unusual places…..
Saturday 3rd October 2015
MUSIC IN THE CITY Festival
The Weighhouse (city walls), Southampton
18:00 (Facebook events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/501820783247988/)
Thursday 5th November 2015
THE TALKING HEADS
320 Portswood Road, Southampton SO17 2TD
supporting The Lovely Eggs
A brief insight into the purity of the creative mind, ACCRINGTON STANLEY hone their puffed-up scissor kicks and stage-strutting pomp. And a couple of chords, in readiness for a rare public outing. Vain? Moi? Alternatively, we at Stanley Towers have got this all wrong and this is a still from the CCTV installed in the band’s secure facility, just so we can check up on them. Who’s hiding in the cello case? No, don’t send in your answers.
Catching up and retropectively re-posting some of the lost broadcasts from the summer, here are a few pics of the Stanleys in action at the Alexandra in May. Warning: contains moody and over-flattering lighting effects which some viewers may find startling.
Hello dears, a quick note from Stanley Towers. We are aiming to restore service to this, the unoffically official ACCRINGTON STANLEY website, following a protracted spell of lithuania. We shall endeavour to start backfilling the lost posts with some Stanley goodies as we go. Thanks for your patience and understanding in the intervening meanwhiles.
Sorry, couldn’t resist it. WEIGH! NO WEIGH! Er, yes, Music in the City 2013.The whole of bleedin’ Southampton, whose venues city-wide plug in and switch on to the torrent of live talent bubbling under and ready to rock your plimsouls, and other stuff. Looky here for a map! The Venerable Accy Stanleys appearing at the WEIGH HOUSE on French Street at 1pm, hot on the heels of the previous night’s tomfoolery at the Bitterne Park Hotel…
Bitterne Balti Killed the Beast
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, The legendary Straining-at-the-Postcode Tour 2013 continues its gruelling path to road-frazzled rock nirvana. For, on Friday 4th October, we adjourn to Midanbury Lane, within a giant gorilla’s swipe of the Bitterne Park Triangle, to A Proper Pub with Proper Beer. And some Proper Music promises to rattle down the lugholes of any free entrants, sounding eerily like NEKO ROSHI and, if you’re particularly blessed, some members of venerable indie legends ACCRINGTON STANLEY let off the leash for a night of jangling absurdity. Join us. It’ll be Proper Proper, like.
“They won the heart of John Peel and have stayed there”. Like it. Newly energised like over-eager puppies at this effusive outpouring of praise, those parenthetically over-endowed yet perennially unsinkable “eccentric, witty, indie-rockers” ACCRINGTON STANLEY continue “steaming on since the 80s” and by happy happenstance happen upon fair Southampton dock, chugging up to Guildhall Square for a free festival on the 21st of September. So? Fest. SO:FEST! Geddit? yes we do. And so will you! What on earth is stopping you? Nowt, that’s what. (Event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/408060065970605/)
Let’s celebrate the survivors! Two of Southampton’s longest-running and, dare we say it?, most respected bands play a one-off show together. Fresh from Sofa City, Accrington Stanley and The Flying Alexanders play a special ‘end the summer hols with a bang’ gig at The Bent Brief on 30th August. Should be an absolute blast. Free entry.
Still dining out on the marvellous moment when they found themselves representing 1/50 of John Peel’s published record collection (2 lps in the first 100 published), the Stanleys have been enjoying a tidy renaissance, picking up great reviews for their last album ‘Exactly’ and releasing increasing amounts of their bulging back-catalogue on line. Quirky, characterful indie-pop at its finest…
The Flying Alexanders
Utterly bomb-proof, the Alexanders have a heart rooted in punk and lyrics rooted in 21st century living. Sitting on top of one of the tightest and meanest rhythm-sections around, marvel at Perry Flatt‘s ever evolving masterclass in economic, brutal guitar playing and get swept along by Jon Sansom‘s ebullience and energy as front-man/singer and lyricist par excellance. Recommended!
A shout from Stanley Towers to all who put in their time and effort to make the Amy Winehouse Foundation All-Dayer the blast that it was. Special mention to Marco, the Talking Heads, and the tireless bods from the AW foundation Mystery Machine.
While the boys repair their buzzing amps and test their leads for the next show, enjoy this picture (from the Daily Echo) of Amy on the drums, still able to keep the Stanleys in time despite her one significant well-documented obstacle. (Baz not pictured for contractual reasons)
Children of the Digital Dawn, arise from your think pods and scrape the hot pixels from your frazzled eyebones, for there follows a history lesson. Way back at the end of the Twentieth Century, a rather unsuccessful rock band sighed at its lot, nursed its wounds and pondered a future without amps and songs and guitars. Where the unit-shifting sound of the landfill ruled but humanity sat unmoved. The consensus was that such a future sucked. So they pooled together their remaining pennies to preserve the sound of their ailing combo for eternity.
Having missed the opportunity to send it into space aboard the Voyager probe – by some years – ACCRINGTON STANLEY neverless persevered, flipping the pointy bird at both common sense and the forces of oblivion, and brought forth into being the marvellous, mechanical, mouse-roaring cathedral of sound that was HALF LIFE. Songs about goldfish. Songs about Quiche. Songs considered topical for their day, about how there are a few rich people who live off the misfortune of the rest of us. Songs about jacking in your hopes and dreams, putting on a suit and choosing the daily commute. Songs about the practical limitations of being cool. And songs about you – about how your feet of clay are an illusion made of waves and string, and how everything becomes possible, both in this universe and the one next door.
The World said “meh” and, in a listless fug, rolled over on its side for the remote, where the two towers of Britpop and The Spice Girls reigned in abnormal union over a poorer, feebler civilisation.
But No More! For the Album that refused to stay in its coop has tunnelled under the chicken wire and is once again pecking at your ankles, saying “Download me, you deaf pillocks”.
Available for download from 26th July 2013, HALF LIFE by ACCRINGTON STANLEY constitutes the missing piece of the puzzle that is UK Rock, recorded before the mainstream swallowed the independent music makers and bought off the dreamers of dreams. Experience HALF LIFE today and change your life.
HALF LIFE. By Accrington Stanley. Because the future most definitely does not suck.
Available [iTunes, Spotify, Amazon] 26th July 2013