Stanley, Elevation & The Form – Cafe Drummonds – 13/08/10
Up first tonight are The Form, a talented three-piece from Peterhead who suffered a bit from the `opening band on stage as Drummonds started to fill up a bit more` kinda syndrome. Standing further back but still downstairs there seemed to be a never-ending stream of people coming and going so you find you have to shift your position a few times. Wrecks the concentration that does. Anyway, what did I make of them? Talented lads, with a small following and maybe looked a bit nervous but got more into it as they got through their set. What I did find though, was that I didn’t remember any of their tracks afterwards so they maybe just need to discover a wee bit more of an identity and give us something more catchy next time round. Keep at it lads and it will all come together more with experience. The audience appreciated their efforts though so it bodes well for their future.
Next up we have Elevation, a band I’ve seen (and enjoyed) before. The first thing I notice is that they have added a second guitarist which gives them a beefier sound overall. Last time out I couldn’t help get a feel for the ravey-happy-dance-ey sound of the early nineties but tonight it’s all bit more solid with the new addition already having an effect on the overall output of the band. we get an eight song set and its a good performance from vocalist Stuart Norman & co. We’re treated to Burn Tonight, Buses Like Ants, Find A Way, Cashin’ In (my own favourite), On The Medicine, We Can Go (runs cashin’ in a close second), Bulletproof and finishing off with Money. I enjoyed them once again, just a shame that none of the `lads` who were doing their wee `ravey dances` to the music at the bar didn’t actually make it to the dancefloor to perform because I thought Elevation deserved it. Maybe next time they’ll get more recognition from the step on crew.Keep on keeping on as they say!
I have to start by saying I’m not often surprised (in a good way) by a local band. I also think it’s probably uncool to swear unnecessarily when writing a review. But, Stanley have not just broken the mould, they’ve smashed it to smithereens and I doubt it’ll ever be put together again. Holy fuck. Was I not prepared for this? If you’ve never seen or heard them before then I suggest you do so. In Stephen Podlesny we have a singer that just has an AWESOME voice. So soft, yet so powerful and sincere. Actually, his voice does remind me of someone, and even now I just can’t remember who. Grrr, its bugging me so much. But this is no one man band, no sir, not by a long way, this, I think, is a set of very talented musicians who just make all the various contributions so damn seamless and suited together. They play the kind of music that I usually have to be in the mood for but from the first songs tonight, Join Hands followed by Street Love as it happens, I was totally captivated. I think the audience was too, looking around I could see almost everyone listening quietly and nodding, tapping along, as you do! Monkeys, Made For TV, Edit The Night, Sandwiches and Hollywood take us through the main part of the set before they run down with I Can’t Hear Myself and the absolutely stunning Dance Like Your Daddy. The applause is very well deserved, and we’re even treated to an encore (Obstacles) at the end. Many of us are genre challenged musically, and even if you are, take a step on the wild side and give Stanley a try. I doubt you’ll regret it. Still Burning.
All pics by Still Burning.
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