The Stands

Decades: 2000s


This Liverpool, England-based indie rock band was formed in 2001 by songwriter Howie Payne (vocals/guitar). Payne had originally performed as a solo act before teaming up with his younger brother Sean Payne (drums), Robbie Stevenson (guitar) and Martin Campbell (bass) to form the Stands. The quartet played their first gig at Liverpool’s Bandwagon club in December 2001, and after successfully winning over the local crowd began casting around for further live work. The line-up gradually evolved during the following year, and with Payne the focal point he was eventually joined by a stable band featuring Luke Thomson (guitar), Dean Ravera (bass), and Steve Pilgrim (drums).

The Stands had completed most of the sessions for their debut album by the time they signed a recording contract with Echo Records, with several tracks recorded at Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher’s Buckinghamshire studio. Taking overt inspiration from the folk rock...

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