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The Standstills are a Canadian rock duo from Oshawa, Ontario. They formed together in 2010 in London Ontario and are most noted for their release From The Devil's Porch on eOne Music. The band have been described as The White Stripes body slammed by Queens Of The Stone Age. Musically categorized in Alternative Rock, Stoner Rock and Hard Rock coupled with Wild West themes.

The Standstills
OriginOshawa, Ontario
GenresAlternative rock, Stoner rock, Hard rock
Years active2010–present
LabelseOne Music
Websitethestandstills.com
Members
  • Jonny Fox
  • Renée Couture

HistoryEdit

The Human Element and Pushing Electric (2010–2013)Edit

In 2010, the band recorded their first full-length album The Human Element in a cottage studio in Fenelon Falls, Ontario.This album was recorded 100% live off the floor in an afternoon with engineer Damien Jacobs. All tracks were written and produced by The Standstills with the exception of Black Betty, originally by Ledbelly. The duo would return to work with JUNO Awards winner Dan Brodbeck who handled all mixing duties with the album mastered by Andy Krehm. On January 21, 2011 the band independently released The Human Element and released a music video for "Black Betty", filmed by Joe Andrus.

In 2012, the band entered 97.7 CHTZ-FM's Rocksearch, as suggested by fans, alongside 140+ bands. They performed live and won the competition by 12 unanimous industry judges' decision- which had never been done in the event's 26-year history.[1] This allowed them to be included in the winner's circle alongside The Trews, My Darkest Days and Finger Eleven. Later that year the duo independently recorded, produced and engineered their second full-length album Pushing Electric out of home in a temporary basement studio using their skills and knowledge obtained from attending Fanshawe College. Their second effort would be independently released on November 28, 2012. The album is said to be dedicated to Nikola Tesla with a track on the album called "Jesus" paying homage to his nickname, The Electric Jesus.[2]

From the Devil's Porch, eOne Music Canada and LP 3 (2015- present)Edit

On June 23, 2015 the band released a new single titled "Orleans" on their website off their upcoming EP From The Devil's Porch. The band announced the new EP would be released on August 21, 2015 through Entertainment One Music.[3] Their debut single "Orleans" was the first they serviced to Canadian radio and kept them in the top ten for eighteen weeks peaking at #4 on the Canadian rock radio charts. They released the official music video for "Orleans" on November 27, 2015 directed by Saint of Footage Worldwide Productions. iTunes listed From The Devil's Porch as one of their best rock albums of 2015 and "Orleans" was featured on Fido's innovative 360 commercial in November 2015; the video has since then garnered over 3 million views. In December 2015, Spotify listed The Standstills on their 2016 Canadian spotlight playlist. The Winnipeg Free Press reviewer rated From The Devil's Porch four stars (out of five) and called it "a very loud and powerful experience".[4] Kerry Doole of New Canadian Music noted the duo's "sonic fury".[5] More recently, The Standstills have started to release music from their first full length album under Eone Music Canada.

MembersEdit

Current members
  • Jonny Foxguitar/vocals (2008–present)
  • Renée Couturedrums (2008–present)

DiscographyEdit

Studio albums
Extended Plays

VideographyEdit

Title Year Director Album
"Black Betty" 2011 Joe Andrus The Human Element
"Good God Damn" 2013 Dave Cardoso Pushing Electric
"Jesus" 2013 Dave Cardoso Pushing Electric
"Orleans" 2015 Saint Chris From The Devil's Porch

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cronkite, Asta (2012-05-03)."Rocksearch 2012 Finalists". 97.7 CHTZ FM Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  2. ^ Rowat, Dave (2012-11-28). "The Standstills:Pushing Electric". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  3. ^ Murphy, Sarah (2015-08-14)."The Standstills From the Devil's Porch (EP Stream)".Exclaim! Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  4. ^ Jeff Monk, "New Music", Winnipeg Free Press, November 12, 2015.
  5. ^ Kerry Doole, "From The Devil’s Porch - EP" (review), New Canadian Music, August 18, 2015.

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