Described as “the bastard children of AC/DC and Stan Rogers,” Halifax band The Stanfields recently wrapped up a national tour in support of their newest record Death and Taxes. The band is getting set to perform for Metro Moncton residents Friday night when they take the stage at the Capitol Theatre as the support act for fellow Atlantic Canadian natives The Trews.
It has been a couple of busy years for the Stanfields in the time since the release of their debut effort The Vanguard of the Young and Reckless. That album’s first single “Dirtiest Drunk (In The History Of Liquor)” charted well on radio right across the country. This momentum certainly didn’t harm the band when it came to the making of their newest record.
Co-produced by the band with renowned producer Mike Fraser, you might say the group figured that they should go big or go home with their sophomore record.
According to Stanfields vocalist-guitarist Jon Landry, Fraser, whose production resume includes heavyweight acts such as AC/DC and Aerosmith, was the group’s dream producer for the record. Not that they ever expected to have the opportunity to work with him.
“We had conversation with our management very early on with respect to what we wanted to do with this record,” Landry says. “Our manager Ian is a very ‘big picture’ kind of guy and asked us to put together a list of people that we wanted to work with, no matter how big or small they were. And it was Mike Fraser that was consistently on the top of that list; his resume speaks for itself.
“What we really liked about Mike was the fact that he wasn’t trying to remake the band in any way. He was simply interested in capturing the band how we sound. That is something we really valued in the recording process.”
Landry says that while Fraser largely left the band alone when it came to the songs contained on their newest record, he acknowledges that the group wasn’t necessarily trying to reinvent the wheel with their newest songs.
“In terms of themes and musicianship, we were dealing with a lot of the same imagery that we covered on The Vanguard of the Young and the Reckless,” Landry says. “Musically and lyrically, I found that we were much more focused but then again, that is what is likely to happen when you need to complete a record in two weeks as opposed to Vanguard… which stretched out over a year and a half.”
Though The Stanfields are known for their energetic, rambunctious live shows, their show at the Capitol Friday will boast a different kind of energy since the band will be performing acoustically.
Landry shares that The Stanfields were originally conceived as an acoustic act before becoming the band they are today.
“In our earliest days, we used to jam in my apartment, drinking rum and throwing chairs at each other,” he laughs. “We’re very lucky that our songs can be pretty easily adapted to the type of show that we will be playing in Moncton this time around.”
Article published in the November 30, 2012 edition of the Times & Transcript