The Stanley Blacks, together for almost two years now, are clearly a well-rehearsed and tight indie four-piece, looking for a major break into London’s ever-swelling indie scene.

Having been together two years, they acknowledge that this period is so often make-or-break in a band’s lifespan. The time that apathy, frustration and resentment towards a lack of success (and luck) become more apparent until it often tears a band apart.

When a break and a little luck were needed, Bob Cutarella entered. A double Grammy award winning producer based in L.A., with over 160 platinum records to his name, including collaborations with, to name but a few, Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, Keith Richards and Metallica.

…their four primary influences to be The Beatles, The Strokes, The Killers and Arcade Fire…

The group met Bob on a trip to L.A. where he was interested in their sound and agreed to take them on. While the records that they re-worked and re-produced in the studio were never used, Bob agreed to come over from the States to spend some more time in the Studio with the band.

It seems that with someone of Cutarella’s stature backing the band and co-producing the next album that they are set for the break they so hoped for.

Having heard acoustic performances and the EP Glow, released in March 2010, there is enough talent, at least in terms of song writing, to warrant some degree of recognition. The group claim their four primary influences to be The Beatles, The Strokes, The Killers and Arcade Fire. While these may be their influences, they come across as very similar to The Kooks. Despite their sound being generic, don’t be mislead, it may not be particularly original, though such is the similarity, such is the right to have similar success, if they can find themselves in the right place at the right time.

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