⚫ Brand new single, "Lost & Found," dropping summer 2019!
"Lost & Found" is a dynamic, high-energy power-pop roller coaster ride loaded with big hooks and a powerful message. It's also the first new Laurels music in over a year, and the first single release since 2007's "If I Walked with the Dead"!
⚫ Christmas in July?
Ever wonder what a Christmas song by The Stan Laurels would sound like? Wonder no more this holiday season, as "Noche Buena" is John's first-ever original Christmas song and will be found on the upcoming comp from Kool Kat Musik entitled A Kool Kat Kristmas, Volume 3!
⚫ More Movie Music?
John is actively seeking more film score and original song work to build on his existing résumé of having written/recorded/produced two feature film soundtracks, and will be putting together video reels for both his score and song work, so keep an eye (and an ear or two) out for these!
⚫ Free Music That Doesn't Suck?
For the second year in a row, The Stan Laurels are proud to have been invited and included in the biggest and badass-est power-pop compilation in the world, Ice Cream Man Power Pop and More! This year's comp is called Screwballs and Curveballs, and the best thing about it is IT IS 100% FREE! Click the link to download all 133 songs!
On June 22, John and his wife Elvira attended the Independent Music Awards in NYC!
A note from John:
"From the beginning, I honestly felt I already won, having been chosen as one of five out of thousands of worldwide entries by the likes of Robert Smith, Todd Rundgren, and Tom Waits, among the stellar judges. Not many can say that, and even fewer can say that while having done everything themselves alone. Even more than that, I've won because I gained much-needed knowledge and made awesome connections in a wonderful experience at the IKon and Awards. Congrats to the winners, Árstíðir, and to my fellow nominees, Ryan Curran, The Motels, and Cary Brothers! What's next? I will continue to do what I've always done: work my ass off making the best music I possibly can. As always, stay tuned!"
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
⚫ Finalist, Best Song, 2018 ("Maybe") - L.A. Cinefest
⚫ Best Music & Sound Design, 2013 (Billi & Theodore) - May Day Film Festival
MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACKS
REVIEWS & OTHER PRESS
"John Lathrop is The Stan Laurels, a one man cinematic distillation of Beatles influences c. 1966-67, with a Jeff Lynne-esque sense of ambition." - Dennis Pilon for Poprock Record
"It's a completely original sound. That’s jangling rhythms, spacey synths and chunky riffs leading the charge ... No weak songs here, so its a highly recommended release. 8/10" - Aaron Kupferberg for Power Popaholic
"The gorgeous melody behind 'Where I Want to Be' is pure gold, not to mention the most engaging lyrics I’ve heard in a while. Lathrop had me from the moment he declared 'If you told me that love was in the air, I’d smile and push you down the stairs.'" - Richard Rossi for Power Pop News
"A reverberatingly tantalising orchestration of instruments that almost act as a TARDIS back to the '60s when the general record buying population actually recognised the talent in bands such as the Beatles & Zombies. The Stan Laurels have cracked it with their multi-layered composition of Indie and Psychedelia." - Amelia Vandergast for A&R Factory
"John Lathrop commingles longing melodies and oblique wit in a bid for three-minute transcendence." - Greg Beets for The Austin Chronicle
"A nifty powerpop outing which fans of Fountains Of Wayne will particularly like, as Lathrop's laconic vocal delivery is a fine complement to the oft buzzy musical landscape. ★★★★" - David Bash for Shindig! Magazine
"Lathrop crafts an ironic ambience by matching off-kilter lyrics with gorgeous melodies and layered vocals." - Terry Flamm for Broken Hearted Toy
"There's a lot going on in the songs, and considering Lathrop played everything himself, the greatest compliment you can pay is that it sounds like a band recorded them. Guitar Solos burst out, combined at times with an 80's synth sound, all suiting his laid back vocals." - Don Valentine for I Don't Hear a Single
Interview with John Lathrop by Patrick Donders for Sweet Sweet Music Blog
"‘Maybe’ really does appropriate the comic fire and brimstone of ‘Buddy Holly’ with rolling harmonies, choppy jangle and thunderous beats aplenty." - Kevin Hugger for MP3Hugger
"The gauzy guitars are perfectly distorted pretty much throughout, while Lathrop’s lead vox often recall Shoes. Grade: B" - John Borack for Goldmine Magazine
"There's a subtle whiff of Flaming Lips in this Austin band, who also channel the psychedelic Beatles in a whimsical high-concept work punctuated by surprises that keep you guessing." - Music Connection
"Apart from having one of the best band names I have heard in ages, The Stan Laurels have Big Star-Beach Boy harmonies, jingly-jangle guitar and '60s California written all over them." - Louis Gilbert for For Folk's Sake
"Death of the Sun radiates tightly wound layers of pop and psych that bend the Zombies into the Flaming Lips, a surprisingly rich sound orchestrated solo." - Doug Freeman for The Austin Chronicle
"I'm sure that anyone who listens to Death of The Sun, the fine new album from The Stan Laurels will think of the word 'Beatle-esque' and perhaps speak it out loud." - Todd Levinson Frank for Music Emissions
GLOBAL RADIO & AIRPLAY
AIR: Austin Independent Radio (Austin, TX, USA)
The Basement Tapes with Nick & Bootsy (South-Central MO, USA)
Big Indie Giant (Barrydale, South Africa)
Captain Sib's Psychedelic Freakout (Glasgow, UK)
Chasing the Essential (New Haven, CT, USA)
Fear of Nightmares Radio (Dyersville, Iowa, USA)
KOR Radio (Somerset, UK)
The Music Authority (Central FL, USA)
Plástico Elástico (Madrid, España)
Pop Radio UK (London, UK)
Q108 Indie (Kingston, Canada)
The Radio Candy Indie Show (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Radio Radio (Liverpool, UK)
Rick's Records Podcast (Central FL, USA)
Zone Radio (Cape Town, South Africa)
ZooTapRadio (Fort Worth, TX, USA)
Maybe has been nominated for Best Indie/Alt Rock Album of 2018 at the 17th Annual Independent Music Awards!
Maybe has been the most revered album of The Laurels' career, scoring tons of positive reviews, landing on several "Best of 2018" lists, and getting regular airplay all over the world. But an IMA nomination is the pinnacle of what indie artists aspire to. Essentially the Indie Grammys, The IMAs are the biggest music award in the world for independent artists. John is utterly shocked, humbled, and elated!
Official IMA press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2019
April 11, 2019
The Stan Laurels are Among the Year's Most Exceptional Music Projects Nominated in the 17th Annual Independent Music Awards
John Lathrop’s mod power-pop band, The Stan Laurels of Austin, TX, USA was named by Music Resource Group (MRG) today as a Nominee for Best Indie/Alt Rock Album of 2018 in The 17th Annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential awards program for independent artists and releases. Innovative indie label and self-released projects in all styles and mediums were nominated by fans and industry panelists in 103 Album, Song, EP, Music Producer, Music Video, and Design categories that were culled from thousands of submissions worldwide.
Nominated along with The Stan Laurels is an eclectic mix of work by established artists and emerging talent from around the globe. More than 400 artists will be honored at The 17th IMA ceremony on June 22 in New York City including: Masta Ace & Marco Polo, Miss Tara, Prateek Kuhad, Foreigner, Juliana Hatfield, The Motels, Mark Erelli, Ella Vos, Maria Muldaur, QUOR, Pedro Luís, Bleu, Nsimbi, Marta Gómez, Firkin, Bombay Ricky, Jackknife Stiletto, Lucy Wainwright Roche, David Chesky, and Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats.
The nominees were selected by judging panels of top recording artists including: Tom Waits, Robert Smith, Todd Rundgren, Lee Ann Womack, Boyce Avenue, Martha Wash, and Ben Lovett, among many others; and influential press and talent buyers from the Americas, Europe and Pacific Rim. The same panel of judges will select the winners.
The year’s best indie label and self-released projects will be announced June 22nd from the Symphony Space stage during The IMAs Indie Konference in New York City. Now in its third year, the annual conference for Artists, Artivists, and Artistpreneurs draws hundreds of top-ranked creatives from around the globe for awards, performances, workshops, and networking events. Honors will be presented in between performances by nominated artists. IMA winners will be promoted to millions of music fans via online & broadcast promotions, performance and distribution opportunities. Details and a complete list of Nominees and Judges available at:
Artistry. Diversity. Excellence. Now in its 18th year, The Independent Music Awards - produced by Music Resource Group - honor the year’s most exceptional and artistically daring music projects from indie label and self-released talent from around the globe. Program winners and nominees are extraordinary artists at every stage of their careers. Previous honorees include Amy Lee, Killer Mike, Valerie June, Meghan Trainor, Passenger, RuPaul, Jackson Browne, Team Me, Radio Radio, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Girl in a Coma, Masta Ace, Pokey LaFarge, Nik West, The Mud Howlers, The Apples in Stereo, fun., and JD McPherson among many others.