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 everything as he writes/performs/records/produces all of his music (and even visual art). John believes the significance of music and its impact on our lives cannot be understated; after all, it was music - The Beatles, specifically - that brought his wife and him together over 25 years ago. Thus, The Stan Laurels are the culmination of John's musical vocabulary and relentless drive to achieve pop/rock perfection. The result is a big, lush, multi-layered sound that feels both vintage and modern. To sum it all up in one reference-laden sentence:
The Beatles, Zombies, Kinks, Breeders, Cars, Flaming Lips, Badfinger, Yes, Debussy, and more comprise the many layers of the Warhol-esque sonic pop art painting that is The Stan Laurels.
Usually labeled indie rock or power-pop, John's music spans a myriad of styles that show his 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 (fitting and delightful for a movie buff with a Radio-Television-Film degree). In 2013 he won 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 making several industry "Best Of 2018" lists. This record also led to top 20 and top 5 Artist of the Year finishes globally. 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" in 2019, the latter of which was nominated for Best Holiday Song at the 2020 Independent Music Awards.
2021 ushered in even more success with the release of John's fourth album as The Stan Laurels, There is No Light Without the Dark. The Laurels' first release on the well respected indie label Big Stir Records has become John's most acclaimed and revered album to date, boasting more global airplay than ever before, a plethora of rave reviews, and being named to no less than 16 highly esteemed "Best of 2021" industry lists.
Album #5 is in the works, friends, so as always, #StayTuned!!!