This album kind of just poured out of me.

MAYBE is the third full-length studio album by John Lathrop as The Stan Laurels, containing songs featured in the motion picture MAYBE SHOWER.

With MAYBE, Lathrop has created something special and original: a film soundtrack that is also a pure stand-alone rock record. The lyrics are centered around characters and themes in the fictional MAYBE SHOWER universe, but one does not need to know the movie to appreciate or understand the music. Paying homage to his power-pop and rock heroes, this is Lathrop’s heaviest album yet, full of loud, crunchy guitars, big hooks, pounding drums, space-age synths, and melodic guitar solos, while still being as poppy as ever. The LP is also unique in that it’s The Stan Laurels’ first release on vinyl!

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What was the biggest fun during the making of the last album?

When one person is doing everything on a record, although it can be tedious, it is also incredibly rewarding. I think the most fun part was how fast these songs came. This album kind of just poured out of me, faster than any album I had done previously, and it was crazy/cool!

At what point, during writing, rehearsing, recording, did you knew you were on to something special?

Because these songs were written for a movie (Maybe Shower), I would send writer/director Lex Lybrand bits of rough demo songs as I was writing them. The very first song I wrote was “Maybe,” the title track, which came to me really fast. It was just an idea, really, a sample of the sound I was going for. I sent the demo to Lex, not having any idea what he would think. He immediately loved it and said this is THE theme song of the movie. I was stunned by his reaction. From that point on, I knew this was the direction to keep driving in.

Do you feel part of a community, the power pop community?

For the first time ever, I do. I have loved power pop since I was born. I was lucky to have parents who listened to great music when I was a kid, and power pop was (and is) probably my favorite style. My music has always been in this vein, but with Maybe, my newest album, I finally put the “power” into the “pop,” making it what I feel is a true power pop album, and I am proud of it. People seem to have noticed this one a lot more, and having been featured in a lot of my favorite blogs and played on my favorite power pop radio shows and podcasts along with other great bands I respect makes me feel “official,” like a proud member of the power pop community.

Which is the song you wish you had written every time you hear it? And why?

There are a few … “Scarborough Fair” by Simon & Garfunkel and “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys for sure. But in terms of power pop? I would have to say “No Matter What” by Badfinger. The beautiful melodies, the harmonies, the perfect amount of crunch on the guitars, the stops and starts and punchy accents … it’s absolute power pop perfection. Even if that was the only song Pete Ham had ever written, he’d still be a legend to me.

What would change if Disney would call and tell you they are going to use your song in their next movie?

I’m not sure much would change, other than my bank account. The music industry is so saturated now that it’s nearly impossible for small indie bands to get noticed. If an opportunity comes along with someone huge like Disney or even a cheesy commercial, it’s all part of getting your music exposed to more ears. Now, am I going to change the way I write and record music purposely to try to attract big corporations? Hell no. Never. By the way, can you give Disney my phone number? 😁

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Seriously, it’s just PERFECT!

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‘Seriously, it’s just PERFECT!’, says Michael Slawter about Del Amitri’s Not Where It’s At. Well, he wrote some pitch-perfect ones himself. ‘Last Call For The Breakfast Hearts’ was released this month and it’s … well … you’ll get it by now!

 

 

 

 

 

What was the biggest fun during the making of the last album?

This record took over 4 years (fits and starts) to make. There were lots of great moments, like when I noticed the songs “take a turn” as we called it. Basically, when the song came to life for the first time, but my biggest thrill was getting the final CDs in the mail. Finally knowing the record was done.

 

At what point, during writing, rehearsing, recording, did you knew you were on to something special?

 

The first two songs we recorded were SUMMER’S KIND and SAME OLD THING. Once we did the first run-through to get the drums recorded we knew we had something great!

 

Do you feel part of a community, the power pop community?

I discovered the POWER POP community in 1999 through YAHOO groups and it changed my life. I discovered all these awesome folks that grew up listening to the same music as me but in different parts of the country. I quickly became involved in CD/TAPE trading and my CD collection exploded. I happened to be from Winston-Salem and fans of the dB’s and Let’s Active and Mitch’s Drive-In Studio always wanted to hear other COMBOLAND bands that I happened to be privy to.

 

Can you still recall the moment music became important to you? What happened?

My 8th-grade girlfriend bought me REM – MURMUR as a birthday present. That record changed my life. I then went to RJ Reynolds High School in 1984 which happened to be where the dB’s and Let’s Active went to school 10 years earlier. I even saw REM play in our auditorium during my sophomore year. It was a magical time to discover music.

 

Which is the song you wish you had written every time you hear it? And why?

DEL AMITRI – NOT WHERE IT’ S AT. It’s the PERFECT pop song! Seriously, it’s just PERFECT!

 

What’s up for the rest of the year?

My hope is to record more songs with as many folks as I can and have another record ready for next year!!! I am planning to release a record a year over the next 10 years

I always thought this planet was the WEIRDEST place ever

Painting sounds in Sunshine-Bubblegum Garage and PowerPop.

And ‘yes’, she did it again!

 

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Lisa Mychols shares her view on this weird place we live in.

 

What was the biggest fun during the making of the last album?

The biggest fun for me was the lyric writing. Creating stories from the crazy feelings and experiences I’d been having and fitting them with melodic melodies!

 

 

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At what point, during writing, rehearsing, recording, did you knew you were on to something special?

It was definitely during writing. When a melody or hook pops in my head, I can immediately know what words must follow. It’s absolute MAGIC to be in that kind of flow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you? And what not?

The music industry has brought me appreciation for when it fell apart from it’s original “control” model (lol).

Watching other bands come and go and seeing other bands/artists have their original look and sound completely changed or stripped…yep…appreciation.

From what I think I’ve witnessed….the old “machine” inspired and opened up a whole new DIY world for the FREE (uncontrolled) creative heart within the creative collective.

 

 

He tells you she will decide on a 5-song-mixtape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on?

 

Ahhhh….(one sec…lemme pull up my personal playlist…)

1) 5) Piero Umiliani – “Crepuscolo sul mare” (originale)

2) The Clouds “Too Cool”

3) Rockfour “Government”

4) Temples “Shelter Song”

5) Richard Barnes “Take To The Mountains”

 

 

The meaning of ‘success’ has changed over the years. When will the new record be a success?

When I figure out how to properly reach eyes and ears of people that might actually LOVE this record. 😀

 

Do you feel part of a community, the power pop community?

No. (lol) What I mean by that is that most of the scene I’ve ever really known are on Facebook. I see a lot of music lovers more talking about old power pop music while the current music makers with similar music as mine, are trying to somehow be seen or heard within it. 

I feel too that musicians just don’t buy other musician’s music! Lol! From my own perception, it’s like…my musical community are filled with either folks that LOVE to talk about their favorite record collection or actual musical creators trying to figure out how to DIY the best they can.

NOTE: I’m also a stay at home musician, due to responsibilities I have at home so…It can certainly be a lonely place with not many to relate to…or that may not relate to me. But hey, that just means having to be even MORE creative and thinking outside the box, right?

Hmmm…maybe I can start up a stay at home music scene movement…HA!

 

Can you still recall the moment music became important to you? What happened?

As far as I can think back on my life…I always thought this planet was the WEIRDEST place ever!!!

 

Music was the only thing that felt natural…authentic….loving…. calming…creative…an easy place to get lost in…MUSIC!

 

 

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Which is the song you wish you had written every time you hear it? And why?

(Tears are seriously welling up in my eyes as I’m writing this.)

The song would have to be “Play Myself Some Music” by R. Stevie Moore. He reverses lines of the most thoughtful words and…the chords are just like….chilling…makes me cry and feel an almost sad kind of tender-ish LOVE like nothing else…it’s absolutely heartbreaking and yet so beautiful.

 

If you could tour the world with 2 other bands, who would you ask to join?

Foo Fighters, for sure! (I’m actually hoping he’ll see our new band and contact us, lol!) 

From The Jam would be super cool, as well! 

HECK YEAH!!!! We’re ready when they are!

 

Magic can happen when you are playing in front of a crowd. Can you recall such a moment?

Oh yes. Yes yes. I was in The Masticators and there was this moment that hit and we were just killing it in the song we were playing…that’s when I said to myself, “I’ve finally made it.”

 

If the budget was unlimited, how would you record the next record?

(Brrrring!!!) “….Hello…., is this Mr. David Grohl?”

Haha..of course there ARE others in my record recording wish list, but I’m keeping those secrets for now, as I am still working my magic on this end…

 

 

Every family birthday, same story. Again, you have to explain what kind of band you are in. What’s the story this time for aunt Jenny and uncle Clive?

Boy, I hope I get this one right, lol. Let’s see…our band is totally in a new wave punk-ish mode…

Okay: We are telling about how aunt Jenny bought two tickets to Europe and uncle Clive bought two tickets to the Caribbean…both for the same week and can’t exchange them. They decide they will give all four tickets away, start a band, get famous and later…tour the whole world!!!

 

What would change if Disney would call and tell you they are going to use your song in their next movie?

 

I would wear a Minnie Mouse dress to celebrate the event. My clothes would change.

 

So what about putting your ultimate band together? No restrictions. No limitations. If you want David Bowie on backing vocals and Prince on guitar, go ahead. What would the band look like? And what is the song you will start jamming on? To find out it if this really works?

 

Oooh FUN!!! Of course my dream band would actually be Tom Richards, Ricky Tubb, Matt Fass and Simon Hancock. 

We would jam on “Billy Hunt” by The Jam….and we WOULD know for sure!!!

 

What’s up for the rest of the year?

 

Solo wise….

I’m working on music for a book I wrote. I’ve always LOVED writing stories! Stories in songs…stories in comic books…now it’s time to put music to this one!!!

 

I’m working on a song for an upcoming Curry Cuts tribute project that I believe is coming out by end of the year (more details coming soon). This particular tribute is one I’m beyond excited about…I’m a crazy huge fan of this particular secret artist!!!
And then my next solo album…is already written! The working title right now is Chestnut Street. I might actually end up keeping it. And because readers (and you) have made it THIS far…here is one of the songs that will be ON that album: “Almost Didn’t Happen”

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NEW BAND!!!


The Seven & Six is the new band Tom Richards (I mentioned above from my dream 
band) and I (under my nickname Elsie Mychols) have put together. We are a three piece, “Hi Matt!!!” (He’s our drummer).