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The Stanleys

The Stanleys are a good indication of the world and times we live in.

Meeting and forming the band over Myspace; Australia's Mark Di Renzo (Gigantic) and Jamie Horsburgh collaborated with Norway's Tomas Dahl (Turbonegro), eventually hitting studios in Oslo, Paris, Perth and Sydney to track their first generation of songs… the Always EP.

Given the nature of the band, it was quite fitting that The Stanleys introduced themselves via a world tour that saw them blister audiences across Europe, North America, Japan and Australia with an itinerary of festivals, supports and headlining shows. Not a bad way to kick things off, really.

As far as the recording side of things, it’s a pretty effective combination of song-writers and players considering the members' other bands, but when you throw into the mix studio wizards like Ken Stringfellow (REM, The Posies) and Andy Lawson (Eskimo Joe), it's got some pretty steady footing.

Leading with the title-track as first single, The Stanleys have put Always out into the world because it's as definitive, at this early stage, as anything else: straight-up classic power-pop with one eye on the girl and the other on the car. Fun music.

Always follows the same logic as Eric Bana's Love The Beast, where the notion that a man can truly love a car. Swept up in hook-laden melodies, the song's power is its ability to have you singing along, even if you're making up your own words the first few times.

Veterans from opposite ends of the Earth, The Stanleys are a band that started out as nothing more than a little idea. Sometimes, though, a little idea can take you all over the world.