The Beatles, Zombies, Kinks, Breeders, Cars, Flaming Lips, Badfinger, Yes, and Debussy make up just some of the many layers of the Warhol-esque sonic pop art painting that is The Stan Laurels.
Big Stir Records recording artist The Stan Laurels are the musical creation of earthling Sound Scientist John Lathrop. The epitome of “indie,” John takes independent ownership of all of it; he writes/performs/records/produces all of his music (and visual art). John believes the significance of music and its impact on our lives cannot be understated; after all, it was music - The Beatles, in particular - that brought him and his soul-mate together. Thus, The Stan Laurels are the culmination of John's musical vocabulary and relentless drive to record the perfect song. The result is a big, lush, multi-layered sound that feels both vintage and modern.
Usually labeled indie rock or power-pop, the music truly spans a myriad of styles that show John's range - a range so broad that he's added Film Score Composer to his résumé and two full-length motion picture soundtracks to his catalogue - which is both fitting and delightful for a movie buff with a Radio-Television-Film degree. In 2013 he won the award for Best Music & Sound Design at the May Day Film Festival for his original score & songs for the film Billi & Theodore. In 2018, his LP Maybe (soundtrack to the motion picture Maybe Shower) was a power-pop breakthrough, garnering worldwide airplay and landing on several "Best Of 2018" lists, including International Pop Overthrow, I Don't Hear a Single, Power Pop News, and Chasing the Essential. This record also led to top 20 and top 5 Artist of the Year finishes, respectively, at Germany's Radio TFSC and St. Louis's Rela Radio. The pinnacle of these accolades was an Independent Music Awards nomination for Best Indie/Alt Rock Album of 2018. John followed up the success of Maybe with the critically acclaimed singles "Lost & Found" and "Noche Buena," the latter of which was nominated for Best Holiday Song at the 2020 Independent Music Awards.
Next up for The Laurels is There is No Light Without the Dark, the brand new studio album out now on Big Stir Records!