STAND ALONE (from l-r): Tom Durrans (drums/backing vocals), Gavin Stevenson (lead vocals/guitar), Luke Harrison (bass/backing vocals)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
From West Yorkshire, Stand Alone are a tight-knit three-piece who specialise in a powerful, charismatic, melodic hard rock sound, coupled with lyrics that are a frank reflection of the difficulties the band have faced, both as individuals, and as a collective.
The trio have also managed to capture the loyalty of crowds across the UK with a highly-energetic live set.
With a second EP, ‘Falling, Faster’, coming out at the end of this month, I spoke the outfit about its recording process, and why they think it is their best release to date.
How did the band form?
We were all in different bands at some point in our lives. Gav and Tom met and formed a typical rock band, but after their bassist left, they decided to hire Luke (who Tom had known at school).
After ditching all the old original songs, we wrote new, more refined, and catchy songs that later would define our own sound.
We then set off to a gig on a Monday night to London to play a half-hour set (as you do), we all bonded great, and played really well! The rest is history.
How did the name Stand Alone come about?
We had a few names in the bag, and at a gig once, we saw a microphone stand on its own and we announced ourselves as Stand Alone. After a bit of thinking from each of the band members, we put our own meaning behind it, and decided to keep it.
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
Throw stuff at the wall and see if it sticks. Seriously, we have our own ideas and influences from the bands we all listen to. Gavin usually starts it off with a song or a riff, Luke will then put his influence on it, and then Tom writes the drum parts after and messes with the structure.
At the end of this month, the band will be bringing out their second EP, ‘Falling, Faster’. How has the recording process been for that?
We didn’t do it in a studio, we recorded it in a basement which sounded pretty decent. It did, however, mean it couldn’t all be done at once like it would be in a studio, but just as and when we could all get the time to do it.
And how will the upcoming release differ to the debut, ‘Nothing Is Forgotten’?
The main difference is we have a much clearer vision of what we want to do.
Last time, we were like, “Well, we need music, so let’s record, also, we’re called Stand Alone, so let’s put some lonely boots on the front cover“, but that’s not to say that took away from the music of the first EP, because we still love those songs, still enjoy playing them, believe they are well-written songs.
The clearer vision refers to our branding, and what we want to do going forward.
The band have gigged extensively across the UK in recent years, becoming known for putting on a live set that is engaging and energetic. How is it, for you all, performing on stage?
Being a three-piece, you have a bigger role in the performance, since there’s not as many places to look. Saying that, it doesn’t really feel like a performance, it feels natural. The energy of the gigs comes from the fans, as if they enjoy it, the atmosphere gets better, and ultimately gets back to you.
And early last year, you played to an audience of over a thousand people at the 02 Academy in Leeds. That must have been quite an experience.
Probably the most fans we’ve played to. It’s just a shame it didn’t last as long, because we wanted it to last forever.
What are the band’s plans immediately following the EP coming out?
Selling it for Christmas presents! (All laugh). It’s the back end of the year, and the gigs are winding down, so we’re getting ready for the new year, but our online presence won’t stop, and we’ll definitely still be working hard, as usual, on socials and practice, etc.
And finally, what is your long-term aim?
The overall goal is to quit our day jobs, and be able to do this full-time.
‘FALLING, FASTER’, THE SECOND EP FROM STAND ALONE, WILL BE RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 30.
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