NEW GLASGOW – From jamming in Jon Landry’s apartment to thrashing with electric guitars on stages in Canada and across the pond, The Stanfields have come back to their beginnings.
The Stanfields will have a chance to sit down and play a while when they come to New Glasgow on Friday. SUBMITTED
The Halifax group are bringing the acoustic sounds of their new CD “For King and Country” to the Maritimes, including a show at Glasgow Square on Friday.
“It’s a little more of a grown-up show,” vocalist Landry said.
It offers a different dynamic than fans may be used to, and gives them a chance to sit down.
They’ve received a great response from the third record.
The album has opened up doors in terms of support. Landry said they’ve been getting more attention from radio stations that previously weren’t interested.
“Initially, I thought this would be a career suicide move.”
A recording made without much reason has turned into something special for the band.
It processes everything they’ve done as well as reflects their aging, not that they’re all that old.
It’s an opportunity to look back at where they started, five men playing together on a Saturday night.
At that time, they were spread out among different bands.
Now, they’re coming back from a national tour, which alternated between their classic rock and roll sound and laid-back unplugged shows.
One of the acoustic shows was on a Sunday in Golden, B.C. It ended up being an intimate concert around a table with 20 or 30 people, where the band played for hours.
Landry said shows like that are the ones he’ll always remember.
“We live to play live shows.”
No matter what kind of performance they’re doing, they can count on a diverse crowd.
He said it’s not unusual to see someone “older than dirt” beside a man in a “rancid jean jacket with no sleeves.
“There is no one demographic at our shows,” Landry said.
Landry doesn’t think the acoustic sound will draw a different crowd.
He points to fragmented genres on playlists as one of the reasons, with many people listening to everything from country to heavy metal.
Artists like Joel Plaskett and The Trews have also unplugged for their latest tours this past fall.
It’s hard to say whether this is a trend, Landry said, but he notes that it may be a type of music many are more accustomed to at the moment with bands like The Lumineers dominating the radio airwaves.
“A lot of bands start that way,” he suggested as another reason we could be hearing quieter shows.
They played a few shows with The Trews on their acoustic tour last year. Landry said this motivated them to put out their own softer sound.
The Stanfields take New Glasgow by stool on Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance with applicable fees and $25 at the door.
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