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Standin' Man

WE REVIEW THE NEW ALBUM FROM STANDIN’ MAN

If you like your rock’n’roll delivered with an elegant dose of beguiling retrospection then ‘Life Imitating Art’, the debut long player from Standin’ Man will be right up your street. 

Despite only being around for a relatively brief period, the Warrington four-piece have, to a considerable extent become the latest darlings of the music industry. You’ll find Standin’ Man tracks on the playlists of rock royalty and A-listers. The playlists of football clubs, rugby clubs, television soundtracks and even Wimbledon bloody tennis tournament, yes, these guys are everywhere!

Add to that a European tour with Cali rockers Vintage Trouble followed by a stadium opener for The Who and it’s fair to say the lads have already achieved more than most bands would ever strive for, so with all that in mind I was thinking surely this record won’t live up to all the expectations right?

Well, I was wrong and with ‘Life Imitating Art’, Standin’ Man have delivered a beautiful, pure, rock n roll record of such timeless character it could have been released anytime in the past five decades or so. 

There are psychedelic-tinged bangers such as ‘Colour of Money’, ‘Changin’ Wind’, ‘If You Don’t Know What to Do With Yourself’ and ‘Be Your Own Messiah’. All hypnotic beats and pulsing basslines. Dean Fairhurst’s vocals shift from subtle, delicate droning harmonies to full-on, microphone-swinging rock god. All of this is complimented by a plethora of guitar riffs. And it is riff after riff after riff and all of such quality it seems even John Squire might have been impressed.

’Every Inch of Light’ offers a much more chilled perspective of the band, it’s a gorgeous track embellished with shimmery, pedal steel’esque guitars and dreamy choir-like backing vocals, sadly it’s only three minutes twenty seconds long.  

Stand-out track ‘Rum and Tonic’ floats along with such anthemic ease it too is all over too soon. Even at a fraction under five and a half minutes, this highlight of the album is gone in the blink of an eye such is the way these tracks draw you in.

The closing track, ’Going Nowhere In A Hurry’ brings the record to a wonderful close that will leave you wanting to hear more. 

It is a wonderful listen from a band that is no less impressive live. 

The band have announced a UK tour in support of the album, details can be found on the band’s WEBSITE or the Standin’ Man socials….. INSTAGRAM / X / FACEBOOK

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