'Ebullient, heartfelt indie-folk duo'
'A cross between The Tallest Man on Earth, early Bon Iver and The Lumineers'
Stables - The indie-folk duo formed by Matthew Lowe (Keston Cobblers Club) and Daniel Trenholme.
Stables was formed in January 2016 during late night drinks between Matthew and Daniel in London. Matthew was working on a new project idea at the time and, after playing through what was to become their first single, 'Steam', at 5 am, the duo was born, and quickly went public four months later.
'Beyond Brushes' (their debut album) was released to critical acclaim just nine months after, in August 2016, and was championed by the likes of BBC's Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson, BBC Legend Bob Harris and BBC6 Recommends amongst others, soon establishing them firmly on the circuit, with a growing fan base.
Just a month after the release Matthew and Daniel embarked on their first UK headline tour, quickly embarking on 6 headline, European tours over the next 2 years, performing over 200 concerts across the continent. Stables put emphasis on 'energy' when playing live; switching instruments and producing the sound of a full band, with big harmonies and varied styles. Matthew says; 'I always wanted to create a simple sound that could then be taken further when needed, from a small folk club, to a large festival stage'. Stables will go on to tour Europe further in 2020, performing at many major festivals including Glastonbury Festival and Cambridge Folk.
Stables' second album, 'Reverie', was released at the end of February 2018, surpassing their debut. 'We're incredibly proud of this record and can't wait for people to hear it'. Matthew calls it an 'almost break up album' that he wrote whilst in a 'period of relationship unrest, which resolved during the process'. 'This is the album we always wanted to release when we first imagined Stables. We love our debut, but this feels like the sound we always set out to produce’.
After the success of their second album, 'Reverie', Stables have since gone onto release their third album ‘Silhouettes’ which was recorded and produced by Matthew during the COVID-19 pandemic. The album received high praise from avid supporters and critics. However the duo’s touring plans for the album were abruptly stopped short as the national lockdown measures we’re enforced.
As a result the duo found themselves unable to play live gigs but it just so happened that they could turn their hands to their coffee roasting project instead (www.stablescoffeeco.com) which their signature roasts saw high demand throughout the course of of the pandemic. The duo’s coffee sits perfectly alongside their music and they bring their roasts on the road with them.
Since the success of the duo’s coffee project, Matthew and Daniel have since gone onto creating Stables Workshop (www.stablesworkshop.com) starting off with pouring their own scented ‘Novel Tea Light’ candle range.
The duo will slowly add more creations to the workshop as they go.
'Cracking Stuff!' - Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 2 & 6 Music
'Brilliant' - Bob Harris, Legend & BBC Radio 2
'Personal favourite' - Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music
'It's really quite beautiful, very charming indeed' - Ricky Ross, BBC Radio Scotland
'A fabulous album, it's great' - BBC Radio Leeds
'A Joy' - BBC Three Counties
'Made me almost cry and made me so happy. An absolute pleasure' - Salma El Wardany, BBC Radio London