With Album #2, "Golden Boy" Stan has once again capitalised on his chemistry with long time touring band the Commission Flats and engineer/producer Richard Stolz to put together a crowd-funded, rollercoaster ride of a record at Woodstock Studios in Balaclava.
Golden Boy (Heart of the Rat Records) is tender, angry, introspective and political over the course of its 10 tracks. Split into two, 5 track volumes, Vol. I is aggressive and character driven - exploring stories from outside the songwriters own life. Vol. 2 is autobiographical - anger making way for more gentle introspection. Stan's first full length LP as a whole first tackles themes of privilege, masculinity, crime and ambition before moving into a more personal exploration of lessons learned (or not).
Driven by Stan’s intricate lyrics and underpinned by the dynamic Commission Flats, Golden Boy flies between such disparate influences as Stax era soul, Melbourne post-punk, Tin-pan Alley songwriters and rambling folk tales - a menagerie of mismatched musical muses coalescing into something unique, melodic and unexpected.