biography

The Standstills highly anticipated full length album “Badlands” is about defining their craft and broadening their horizon. “It’s a mixed bag of sexy psychedelic, guitar driven, outlaw rock and roll” lead singer and guitarist Jonny Fox declares. Drummer and singer Renee Couture defines the record as “If Clint Eastwood had a sound”. The Canadian rock duo is already off to a great start with their latest single “Wild” released March 30th, featuring a co-write with Three Days Grace member Neil Sanderson. The track is a hypnotic high-powered number with a magnetic and gritty guitar lick, featuring Couture’s mountainous drums all topped with Fox’s dynamic and vigorous vocal. The Standstills have paired these elements seductively with psychedelic imagery, putting this duo in the sights of trend setters and hard rockers alike.

 

This record follows the success of their 2015 EP “From The Devil’s Porch featuring “Orleans” which reached #4 on BDS active rock charts in Canada and “Rise of the Fall” also reaching top 10 in Canada. As a result, The Standstills were awarded Best New Rock Group at the Canadian Radio Music Awards. The album also received over 1.4 million streams globally and the band performed extensively across Canada with acts such as Pop Evil, Billy Talent, Theory of a Deadman, Seether, Eagles of Death Metal and many more.

 

More notably The Standstills accomplished their first arena tour across Canada supporting Our Lady Peace and I Mother Earth. “It was an amazing experience to perform alongside two legendary Canadian bands on home turf. We learned a lot on that tour and we are really grateful to all the fans who interacted with us and connected to our music”. Says Couture.

 

The Standstills have since taken their first steps into the international market performing at the legendary Viper Room in L.A, New York and a sold out performance in one of Europe’s most prominent music festivals, Reeperbahn held in Hamburg Germany. There is much to look forward to from this masterful duo, as their unique style of rock speaks volumes in today’s vast musical landscape.

PRESS

The musical duo and real-life couple have eschewed building up a hokey backstory  in favour of letting the music speak for itself. READ MORE - Exclaim Magazine Aug. 14th 2015

 

THE STANDSTILLS make the room S- H – A –K –E! 
Jonny & Renee had us the first time we saw them. Jonny builds sonic walls and wails of guitar noise – Renee pounds out a thunder, swinging drumsticks like machetes, going for the kill. Their music is steeped in the blues but not confined to it. READ MORE - 97.7HTZ FM Sept. 2015

 

The Standstills don’t live up to their band name. In fact, the Oshawa, ON natives do exactly the opposite. They’re a force of nature on stage READ MORE - Gonzookanagan Aug. 1016

 

ONTARIO guitar-and-drums duo the Standstills take less than 30 minutes to make their claim to rock ’n’ roll significance on their debut release, From The Devil’s Porch; it’s not a long time, but it’s a very loud and powerful experience. READ MORE - Winnipeg Free Press Nov. 1015

 

It's not every day that you happen to spot a grizzly bear enjoying a moose dinner on the side of the road, and even less often when you have a chance to capture it on live video.

But that's precisely what happened Monday to Oshawa-based band The Standstills, currently on a cross-country tour with fellow Canadians Our Lady Peace and I Mother Earth. READ MORE -CBC Oct. 2016

 

“She is the best female drummer at CMW and probably in all of Canada. That makes Renee the Neil Peart of Canadian female drumming.” -Canadian Music Fest (Concert Review): El Mocambo- T-Mak World- Blog

 

 

Kicking the night off however, was an act not tied to that alt/pop rock boom of the nineties, but which is a breath of fresh air in the current rock scene. READ MORE - Halifax Bloggers Nov. 2016

The Standstills got the party rolling, based out of the shwa... This killer power duo... they just fucking brought it Friday night. They were ready and hit the ground running. READ MORE Sound Check Ottawa Oct. 2016

 

“When I saw The Standstills for the first time, I knew instantly that I was witnessing a band on the verge of stardom. Every time I play them on 89X, I get calls and emails inquiring about them.” - Mark McKenzie 89X

 

“They blew us all away. We’re still talking about them! You know you’re onto something when a band leaves such a lasting impression you’re still talking about them a week later, radio station promotion or not. If word-of-mouth still counts, well, here’s an earful…It’s not too often that when a band plays that everything in the club seems to come to a stop but that was the case…They are cool, sexy & explosive in concert…and definitely worth checking out.” - Paul Morris 97.7HTZ FM

 

“They’ve got these riff heavy hooks, but totally rock the same kind of gnarl and intensity some of the 90’s industrial and metal bands did.” -Alan Cross- Blog

 

” The Standstills are one of the hardest working, up and comers I’ve seen in a long time. They have the ability to generate hype and deliver with their live shows. I love seeing two piece bands that rock this hard!!” -Darryl Spring -Rebel 101, Active Rock Radio

 
 

 
 

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