The Stanfields get right to the point in the first lines on their new album, Limboland: "A line was drawn in the sand by a fool with a big stick and tiny hands/He promised a wall, talked about greatness and dared to speak for me." That has the band fired up, and answering back big-time, plain-speaking, and plain-rocking: "I'm not afraid of the world," comes the answer. The Stanfields are back, and ready to sing out loud and clear. "There's so much going on in the world, there's so much uncertainty, I think it's important that we're speaking in a really clear voice," says lead singer and songwriter Jon Landry.
Limboland is the fifth album for the Halifax-based band, which sees them take an unflinching look at the negative forces that threaten rights and liberties for all, while doing it all with their trademark swirl of guitars, pounding drums, fiddle and rowdy energy.
Album highlights include 'Lantern In The Window', a classic East Coast image but in this case it's about making sure we offer hope and safety for anyone being repressed or in need. 'Total Black' sees the group joined by fellow Nova Scotians Cassie and Maggie MacDonald, winners of this year's Traditional Album of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Maggie joined Landry for shared lead vocals, while Cassie played twin fiddles with Calen.
The Stanfields have been road-testing the new songs and are thrilled with the reception. "We have the Blacktop Ball festival that we do every year on the North Shore of Nova Scotia in August, and the first night we played the record front to back," says Landry. "This is the party faithful showing up for the event, and it went over really well. We've been playing them here and there and they've been going over gangbusters."
Fired up, speaking out and rocking harder than ever, Limboland sees The Stanfields at their very best.