The Stan Laurels, founded in 2007 and based in Austin, Texas, USA, are the musical creation of earthling Sound Scientist John Lathrop.
The epitome of "indie," Lathrop takes independent ownership of every aspect of music production (all the way down to the album cover art and liner notes), as he writes, plays, sings, records, produces, and releases his music on his own label, Plaid Records. Lathrop, born and raised in Central Florida, comes from a musical family; growing up, he was constantly exploring his parents' legendary record collection that spans decades and countless genres, and then jumping behind his dad's drum kit or his grandparents' organ to play his favorites. Self-taught in every instrument, he has an underdog mentality that drives him to keep improving and expanding his range with each song he writes. The culmination of his musical vocabulary and relentless drive, Lathrop has carefully crafted The Stan Laurels to sound like a full band, with a big, lush, multi-layered pop/rock sound that feels both vintage and modern. The music is solidly rooted in the melodic mod and pop-rock sensibilities of the 1960s (think Beatles/Zombies/Kinks), but truly spans a myriad of styles, including power-pop, psychedelic, progressive, art-rock, folk, and occasionally a twist of classical.