Crown Point co-front man Russell Stafford releases solo album Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Analog Café.
Portland, Oregon-based danceable alternative rock band Crown Point co-front man Stafford has been touring relentlessly the past few years and while out on the road he wrote a batch of songs that didn’t fit in with Crown Point, and once he realized he had enough to comprise a record, hit the studio.
“Sometimes the quietest whisper carriers further than the loudest scream,” says Russell Stafford of his latest solo album, A Silent Storm, a follow-up to 2005’s Freshwater and 2008’s Between U&I,
“And sometimes when we step away, we get closer. A Silent Storm is just that for me; a whisper that can silence the noise.”
Entitled A Silent Storm, the album has a message of self-discovery for Stafford, each song telling a story of love found and lost and found again, struggles with addiction, and asking the hard questions of ourselves that we often avoid.
“Crown Point is very high energy, upbeat, alternative rock music. We have a fantastic time rocking out night in and night out,” Stafford says of his rock band.
“But, this record has a different feel. It’s as engaging as a high energy Crown Point album, but from a completely different approach.”
Stafford’s first two solo records were written with commercial success and radio airplay in mind. The difference with A Silent Storm Stafford set out with only one goal to make an honest record.
“I didn’t want to worrying about perception or success, just a record that would be from my heart, speak my mind, and fulfill myself as an artist. If I had to really boil it down to one thing, this album is about finding the love of being in our own skin,” Stafford says after much pondering.
“It’s about struggle, finding meaning, and finding resolve in things we often go through alone.”
The end result is a record that fits in well with the music of William Fitzsimmons, The Civil Wars, Angus & Julia Stone, Damien Rice, and Ryan Adams.
“I think that there is a counter culture brewing in the industry that is kind of a backlash to the pop formula that has been beaten into our ears through years of FM domination. People more than ever are craving music that is real, that is honest, that comes from the heart. If we as artists can’t be who we truly are in our music, then how can anyone ever fully connect with it?” comments Stafford. “This album is honest, heartfelt, and me really putting everything I am out there. Take me as I am, flawed and out of plan. Too often, we forget why we make music. We try and please everyone we try, and make everyone love our music, our image, and our persona. These songs are me. They aren’t written to be everything to everyone, but I think that will help some people really connect with them on a deeper level. I think that is the kind of honesty that’s craved by listeners, especially in such a saturated and poppy world.”
What started out as an acoustic record with minimal instrumentation turned into something much more for Stafford, and he is quite proud of A Silent Storm.
The result of a lot of hard work and a lot of life questioning, but in the end Stafford, and the record, lead each other down the right road.
Russell Stafford solo album release Saturday, June 29, 2013 Analog Café 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd at 8 p.m. By the way, this will be a great show not only will Stafford perform songs from his new album and Portland’s Songwriters Association’s own number one singer songwriter Tyler Stenson opens.
Too bad I’m out of town for my sister’s wedding otherwise this is a no excuses not too miss live music night in Stumptown.