The Stanley Blacks

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Named after a 1950s composer and hailing from Woking, Surrey, The Stanley Blacks draw on a wide range of influences, notably The Beatles, The Strokes and early Motown to create an exciting and original sound. There do not appear to be any breaks in their string of catchy, guitar driven pop songs, distancing them from the majority of their contemporaries.
Ashley Reed (vocals, guitar), Jon Marshall (guitar), James Turnbull (bass) and Matthew Emberson (drums) have shown an unparalleled level of determination and positive work ethic in recent months, selling out shows at the 500 capacity Bisley Pavilion, the Rhoda McGaw theatre in Woking, as well as numerous venues in and around London.

Says Gary Mulholland (The Guardian) - “They’ve managed to find their own sound which is one of the hardest things for a young band to do.”

Ashley, the group’s principal songwriter, stresses that his emphasis and belief in good songwriting, (drawn largely from the Lennon/McCartney partnership) rubs off on the other members, ensuring that all parts of the songs are penned to an exemplary standard. As a result of numerous radio interviews and newspaper features, the band has gained a sizable and loyal fan base, creating a buzz across the South East music scene. The emergence of The Stanley Blacks onto the UK music scene is looking ever more imminent and the band feels ready to restore the faith in English songwriting.

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