We caught up with Staunton on Sunday night at The Metropolitan here in Annapolis. In the audience were other bands eager to see what the buzz around Staunton was about, along with a few fans they had made from Warped tour. Staunton recently played Vans Warped Tour last month for winning the Ernie Ball contest(Warped Tour Coverage including Staunton). When asked about how they won the this competition, bassist Doug Jokerst said “We won because we didn’t sound like everyone else. The majority of bands were pop punk, we stood out because we are just rock.”
Staunton is more than just another rock band. As lead singer and founder Chris Staunton puts it “We have a sound that includes a little bit of everything; Classic Rock, Blues, there is even some 90’s grunge in there”. The best way to describe their sound is a little bit like The Black Keys. You can really hear this on songs like “No Easy Way Out” or “It Ain’t A Bad Thing”, which might be one of the best songs off their debut album Into The Black.
Before putting together Into The, Chris Staunton started the band by reaching out to Doug Jokerst. Doug in turn brought along guitarist Felix Nieto from a previous band. The three then set out to find the drummer. After going through a few candidates they finally chose Chris Bloskey who found the band on Craigslist.
Even though they have only been together for a year you would not guess it by their comrodery on and off stage. The band looks like they have been long childhood friends. On stage the chemistry is there as they play through their carefully chosen setlist. Everything that you need for a successful band is here, potential, friendship, and a really good sound.
You can catch Staunton over at the 8×10 in Baltimore later this week (Tickets). You can also see them as they open up for Daughtry and Magic! on August 20th over at the Navel Support Facility in Indian Head, Maryland (Tickets). Also be sure to check out Staunton’s awesome music here.