Stapleton (band)


Stapleton, 2006
Background information
Origin Glasgow, Scotland
Genres Independent Rock
Years active 1997—present
Labels Xtra Mile Recordings
Associated acts Metronomes
Happy Particles
Elements of the Seventies
Members Andrew Cook
Gordon Farquhar
Alistair Paxton
Nico Weststeijn

Stapleton is an independent rock band who come from Glasgow. They formed in April 1997 and have released four albums and two EPs. They have to date played over 300 shows. They have released records on a number of independent record labels and are presently signed to Xtra Mile Recordings in the UK and This Time Records in Japan. The band consist of Andrew Cook (Guitar & Vocals), Gordon Farquhar (Drums & Percussion), Alistair Paxton (Vocals & Guitar) and Nico Weststeijn (Bass).

Stapleton, 2002

Stapleton first came to prominence in the Glasgow DIY music scene of the late nineties, playing early shows alongside bands such as Karate, Bluetip, Dismemberment Plan and Les Savy Fav. They were an integral and ubiquitous part of a supportive and diverse independent Scottish music scene that also included bands such as Laeto, Sawyer, Idlewild, Aereogramme and Biffy Clyro. The turn of the millennium brought an increase in touring for Stapleton, as well as a first full release; 'Rebuild The Pier'[1] on the English label Year 3 Thousand Records. Recorded at the Brill Building, Glasgow over two days by Richie Dempsey, Rebuild The Pier was critically acclaimed by national press[2] and has retrospectively been regarded as a pioneering, landmark record by many bands and individuals.[3][4] The 2001 follow up, 'On The Enjoyment of Unpleasant Places',[5] achieved a similar status on its release through the legendary English label Subjugation Records.[6] Initial pressings of the record sold very quickly and, indeed, it remained out of print until a repackaged version (including the Icy You EP) was released in 2004.[7] 2002 saw the release of two EPs by Stapleton; firstly, the 'Icy You' EP, made up of songs from the 'On The Enjoyment' sessions, and secondly, the 'Chez Chef' EP,[8] recorded in London by Pat Collier and Larry Hibbitt. Stapleton toured prolifically around this time, supporting high profile peers such as Idlewild, Snow Patrol and Hundred Reasons, as well as highly regarded independent touring bands like Lungfish, Weakerthans, Q and not U, Pedro The Lion, Tristeza and Burning Airlines. It was through a Glasgow show with Burning Airlines that Stapleton became involved with the esteemed musician and engineer J. Robbins. May 2005 saw Stapleton record their third album, 'Hug The Coast', in Robbins' Baltimore studio, The Magpie Cage. Hug The Coast[9] was released in late 2005 on Gravity Records and contained artwork by Grammy nominated artist Jesse LeDoux. Following considerable touring, Stapleton chose to go on hiatus in Summer of 2006, though only after recording a fourth album 'Rest and be Thankful' with their friend and live engineer Robin Sutherland. Rest and be Thankful[10] was released in May 2008 on Xtra Mile Recordings, and was supported by a short UK tour.[11]

Though they are presently on hiatus,[12] members of Stapleton are active with other bands. These include Metronomes, Happy Particles, Avast! and Elements Of The Seventies.


Studio albums

EPs and split singles


  1. "Stapleton – Rebuild The Pier (Year 3000) review on Collective Zine". Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  2. "Stapleton – On The Enjoyment Of Unpleasant Places / Subjugation from". Piccadilly Records. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  3. "fmttm |". 12 July 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  4. Johnstone, Doug. "Stapleton – Nice 'n' Sleazy, Glasgow, Tue 8 Jul". The List. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  5. "Stapleton – On The Enjoyment Of Unpleasant Places". Banquet 8 September 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  6. "Subjugation – CDs and Vinyl at Discogs". Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  7. "Punktastic CD Reviews: Stapleton – On the enjoyment of unpleasant places (re-release w/Icy You EP)". Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  8. Chown, Stu (25 November 2003). "Stapleton – Chez Chef / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  9. "Gravity DIP Records". Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  10. "Stapleton – Rest And Be Thankful". Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  11. Feature by Dave Kerr. (24 June 2008). "Stapleton – Our Returning Champions". The Skinny. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  12. Jones, Dan. "Features – all the juicy bits!". Retrieved 18 October 2011.
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