Rock \ Folk
AVALON STANLEY is a musician & actor from Newfoundland, who after touring the world with an award winning stage play for over a decade, looked to alter course artistically, with a new challenge and an old love – Music.
In 2008 he began intently focusing on the craft of songwriting, passionately fostering his unique voice in the nightclubs of St. John’s, with his alt- rock band at the time, japanbaTTeries. Opening for such acts as Rich Aucoin, The Pathological Lovers, Sean Panting & Mark Bragg – Stanley soon developed a solid live set of original material.
Though he has been songwriting for decades, his self-produced debut EP, ‘BURN’, was only released in 2014. The album is edgy, emotional & eclectic. The sound ranges from the stripped down singer-songwriter stylings of the title track ‘Burn’ to the driving rock n’ roll beat of ‘No Train-No Plan’. From the soaring sax in the funk infected ‘Game of Shades’, to the moody delay drenched guitar of ‘While You Were Sleeping’ : this debut EP runs the gamut.
‘Burn’ was made possible with the support of an ever-expanding band known as ‘The Isthmus’, which includes; Chris Dreidzic on drums (New Zazoo, The Kremlin); Evan Mercer on bass (Branch Ricky); Steve Ryan on lead guitar (japanbaTTeries); and newcomer Miranda Power lending her formidable vocal talents to the mix.
Expect fresh new recordings from Avalon Stanley in 2018.
Check out his new song “Balcony” recorded live at the Palazzo Baronale, during the 2016 Cast Film Festival in Puglia, Italy here:
Or sample his 2014 EP, recorded with the solid support of his backing band “The Isthmus” here:
Similar artists: Gord Downie, Nick Drake, Neil Young