Forged between 2 musical giants, St Helens based 4 piece STILLIA have plenty to draw upon when you consider the vast catalogues of Manchester and Liverpool’s rich musical heritage.
But with that kind of upbringing comes the weight of expectation.. it’s here that Stillia don’t disappoint. It’s all there in the lilting merseyside melodies, delivered by vocalist Jack Bennett with just enough Ashcroft-esque swagger, but also still far enough away, and presented in the live environment by a frontman with a refreshing and extremely likeable humility and self awareness. Add to that the music’s more contemporary foundations laid by guitarist Connor Moran, bassist Johnny Waring and younger sibling Matty Bennett on drums and you get the impression that Stillia are an act heralding a long awaited new dawn of northern songwriting.
News spread, the band signed to Manchester’s Republic Music Management and Beautiful Noise Records and were quickly added to the bills at 20+ festivals during the summer of 2017. Stillia were starting to get a name for themselves as a must see live act, but ultimately it ALL boiled back down to the songwriting, that’s where they were really getting noticed from various quarters.
National promoters MJR started seeing potential and the band were asked to support Ocean Colour Scene on an Australian and New Zealand tour, taking in Dubai en route. This was then followed with their own debut UK headline tour in the December of 2017, culminating in a sold out end of year show at Manchester’s Deaf Institute.
Release-wise the debut single ‘Let Me In’ had splashes of their aforementioned classic songwriting ethos, yet managed to leave you with an impression of a more forward thinking approach. The production quality to the release – and indeed the whole forthcoming debut album ‘From Ground to Light’ – has been carefully honed by the ‘Sugarhouse’ producers Ady Hall and Lee McCarthy. The track benefitted from a Jonny Vegas directed (and cameo appearance) video in which the comic plays an obssessive fan who kidnaps hapless vocalist Bennett.
Second single 4AM followed with the band heading out on their first headline UK tour. The track proved to be a reiease that cemented the bands ability to write songs that, in the live environment, left crowds chanting lyrics back at them from start to finish.
Fast forwarding to the present, this brings us to the bands latest release, the ‘Cold Coffee’ EP. A 3 track affair led by a euphoric title track that builds and soars and takes the listener on an uplifting, all encompassing and engrossing journey that is possibly the highlight moment of a very impressive debut album.
‘COLD COFFEE’ IS AVAILABLE VIA BEAUTIFUL NOISE RECORDS NOW!