As you know, the SHB are playing two Hometown gigs this weekend in Denver, Colorado. I was contacted by Reg Whitehead (I guess he’s a financial consultant who’s working with the band’s management) and he invited me to the shows! I’ll be posting updates upon my return. Wish me luck!
Today we will attempt to explain the history of the lost SHB track “November Girl”. A song that every true fan knows about, but has never heard. The song was written during the same flurry of activity that resulted in many Christopher House penned classics about Janine (and the mythical Kitchen Sessions). All signs point to the […]
The long wait is over! The Staton-House Band’s eighth album, Consider the Stars, is out now! I’ve been listening for the past week or so and I gotta say it now. It’s flat out stunning. Definitely creeping up the all time rankings of SHB albums. Along with the first single, “COLITD”, I am really loving […]
The band’s first single of Consider the Stars is out now! “City of Lights in the Dark” is the first songwriting contribution from drummer Steve F. That’s sure a sign that the band is hitting on all cylinders and there troubled past is behind them.
Happy New Year all…Again, thought it would be fun to share my original 2005 review (from my Evergreen State College school paper, The Cooper Point Journal) of the band’s self titled 2nd album (that we all affectionately call The Green Album). – Finger Following on the heels of their engaging debut album, Joy Motel, The Staton-House […]
We got the track listing late last month and now we have the album art! This gorgeous design is courtesy of Christopher House, Rick Bayless and (longtime) friend of the band, Dan Manutsitch. Does the bear motif signify that the band is really comfortable living in California these days and wants to show the Golden […]
I’m hearing rumblings that the band has put aside solo projects and is back in the studio working on a new album! No additional concrete info at this time, but stay tuned for the latest!!
The Staton-House Band wasn’t always called the Staton-House Band. Here’s a recap: After that fateful night, the world had a new band – the only problem was finding a name. Some of the ideas rejected that first night were Blown, Woodside Faith, Staggerpuppy. Their choice, and it was unanimous – Charles Axlerod. “I always liked […]
From all known accounts, it began with a snowstorm. Highway 119 outside of Nederland, Colorado, to be exact. Tom Staton was a solo artist, another songwriter lugging his own equipment, on his way into Boulder for a show at the Nugget Saloon. Staton, feeling drowsy from the long and tortuous ride, pulled into the graveled […]
Another early review from my archives. I hope you like it. – Mike Finger Mumble and Shine With the release of the new Staton-House Band album, Mumble and Shine, SHB is in the same situation U2 was in with The Joshua Tree, Radiohead was in with Kid A, and R.E.M. was in after the release of Green. When a band […]
Here’s a piece I’ve created about SHB’s early days touring the bars in Colorado. – Finger In late 2003, the Staton-House Band tested their mettle by renting out a garage in the outskirts of Boulder, behind an Outback Steakhouse. They began to write songs, day and night. “I became a vegetarian that first week,” says Tom. […]
Another review from my early writing days… – Finger There is a lot riding on this album. After building a loyal following with their first two albums (Joy Motel, Staton-House Band,) the band’s third album, Alexander Street, shot the band up to top-billing across the country and into a major name. Two years later (and […]
Let’s kick off things with my review of the band’s debut album, Joy Motel from my early writing days for The Cooper Point Journal at Evergreen State College… – Finger If everybody weren’t so willing to apply the term “genius” to anything that catches their ear and impresses them . . . then the justified application of the word […]