“The Stands? A fine band, sadly missed. I’ll never forget the soundcheck at The Royal Court in Liverpool supporting Oasis in 2002… blew us all away.”  Noel Gallagher

“I remember going down to London to play piano for The Stands. I lost my shit because Noel Gallagher was there and he told me that Howie said I’d nail my part in three takes. Anyway, one take later I was sauntering back into the control like a dude. Myself aside, they were a great band and made great music. Well deserving of a re-release”
Bill Ryder Jones

Following on from the recent, well-received vinyl re-release of his 2009 debut solo album ‘Bright Light Ballads’, Howie Payne has announced a headline tour – backed by a full band – plus a brand new box set from the still-much-loved band that brought him to the attention of the world: The Stands.

‘The Stands Recordings 2003 – 2005’ set is a box set collection of 3 vinyl LPs, the first two featuring alternate, rare, remixed and unreleased versions of tracks spanning 2003 – 2005, while the third features a whole host of Howie Payne’s unreleased demos. Presented on coloured, heavyweight vinyl with new sleevenotes, written by Howie, which detail the incredible journey of his band.

Listen to a remix of rare early Stands track ‘She Speaks Of These Things’ here:

Pre-order The Stands Recordings 2003 – 2005 here

Howie Payne’s upcoming tour with new backing band The Band Of The Sun will feature songs by The Stands, songs from ‘Bright Light Ballads’, plus brand new songs from his forthcoming second solo album, due later this year. This is a chance for those who were there originally to celebrate this amazing music, and for those too young to have experienced The Stands the first time around to get a glimpse of what they missed – and what’s to come in the future from Howie Payne.

Howie Payne & The Band Of The Sun, UK Tour May 2017
May 4th        Cardiff, Club Ilford Bach
May 5th        Leicester, The Cookie
May 6th        Birmingham, Mama Roux’s
May 8th        Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall
May 9th       Glasgow, Stereo
May 10th        Newcastle, Think Tank
May 11th        York, Fulford Arms
May 13th        Nottingham, Bodega
May 15th        Oxford, The Bullingdon
May 17th        Southampton, The Joiners
May 18th        London, The Borderline
Tickets available now from

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