Album Review | Big Bright Beautiful Records | Review by Allan Wilkinson
First appearing on the thriving North East music scene around twenty years ago, Stan the Band, (formerly The Stanhope Street Creatures, for about five minutes), has maintained a knack of writing instantly memorable rockers, infused with a soulful and bluesy edge, not unlike some of the stalwarts of the bustling pub rock scene of the early 1970s, just prior to the arrival of Punk. Formed by drummer Dave Pipkin, the four piece band is led by the hard hitting vocals of Colin Burrows, with guitarist Dave Kennedy and bass player Rob Tickell making up the team. Opening with the slow burning “Stay”, the band soon finds its groove and makes good use of its traditional basic rock band format, where each of the players provide just the right ingredients, with just a little additional keyboards courtesy of Dom Pipkin. The inner sleeve shows a photograph of the band in action on a big outdoor stage, where I’m sure the band works its magic best, though I suspect a small intimate space is equally fulfilling. Sandwiched between a song about little soldiers and one about the Devil, the band want to talk about love, with four songs in a row on the subject. “Looking for Love”, “Right Kind of Love” and the title song, simply entitled “Love”, investigates our strongest emotions without any obvious sentimentality, while “Right by Your Side” and “Got a Life” looks at the role of the radio in our carnal adventures, with songs that pour out of the speakers like fire on the airwaves. I like Stan the Band; it’s good, clean, unpretentious rock and roll, and it should be heard.