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The Stantons / Press

“The Stantons Present...Le Cirque de Muerta. As I enter into my dotage, the idea of a band who blend American folk, gypsy pop and sea-shanties has become increasingly attractive. If they then decide to promote their new album by staging a theatre performance about a Circus of Death, they probably become my favourite band of the week. Using the title track of the album, Cirque de Muerta is a performance that goes behind the scenes at a circus with a sinister clown - apparently, there are lions and children in close proximity. That's probably where the death comes into it.”

“Roll up, roll up as The Stantons prepare to release second album. When a band launches their latest album for many it’s a quiet affair. An online countdown or even a hometown gig might be in their plans to let their fans know their long-awaited released is finally upon them. For American-folk/gypsy-pop band The Stantons, their second album release will break the standard routine as they stage their own theatre show. Le Cirque De Muerta will take place at the Electric Circus in Edinburgh on Saturday, June 22. Writer and Director Claire Wood based the production around the album’s title song Le Cirque De Muerta, translating as the Circus of the Dead, a story which has fascinated both the band and writer for many years.”

“Seven-piece shufflers The Stantons immediately inject zeal into the occasion with smooth pastoral harmonies and delectable hillbilly acoustics. Like the soundtrack to a black and white western, this banjo-led ensemble turns melancholic pondering into a gloriously effusive art-form.”

“Geting into character, perhaps, the Edinburgh band are self-confessed cheats and vagrants, but ones who make a remarkable collection of tunes for such a presumably illiterate and miscreant shower – their motto might well be the lyric “the blue of your eyes disguise the black of your heart,” A mix of country and curious rustic sounds, they offer us the likes of ‘Gecko’ with its Waterboys folk and oddball klezmer breaks, while ‘Down By The Lake’ has more banjo on it than can be sensible for a heartbreaking ballad. But it’s the country of the deep south (and I’m not talking Portobello) that pervades this rather wonderful debut album – from the deathly slow harmonised bluegrass of ‘Last Waltz’ to the band’s signature tune, the show-stopping ‘Splinter’. Far-removed from Billy Ray Cirus, this is the dark country of Lambchop or even Johnny Cash, and frankly there is no better place to be. ”