Tom Staton

Inside: City of Lights in the Dark

Again, congrats to the SHB for its recent #1 single, City of Lights in the Dark”. Here’s what I’ve learned about the band’s newest single. After a long hiatus (and Chris’s Peppy Flavors EP), the band inched back together to record Consider The Stars. In a recent email exchange with SHB’s drummer, I learned Steve F. was […]

REVIEW: Staton-House Band (The Green Album)

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 […]

She Sells Seashores..: The Unreleased Documentary

Let’s take an in-depth look at the highly sought after (and unreleased) She Sells Seashores by the Seashell documentary. We all thought the doc was going swimmingly until Tom spoke at the premiere held at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival: “If you took all the reviews and all the critics in the world and […]

How Did the Staton-House Band Form?

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 […]

REVIEW: Mumble and Shine

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 […]

Touring Before Joy Motel

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. […]

REVIEW: In The World

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 […]

REVIEW: Joy Motel

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 […]

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