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Life on Standby

Life on Standby

Alternative Electronic Rock

About Life on Standby?

Erin Donnachie: Erin’s interest in Music started at a young age learning piano and later singing in choirs and jazz bands. It was when she was approached by Gianluca and Gavin to join their band that she adapted to becoming a strong rock vocalist.

Gavin Williams: Gavin picked up a guitar at 17 years old after idolizing legends such as Slash and Black Sabbath since he was quite young and formed a band with his best friend Gianluca before forming Life on Standby.

Gianluca Demelas: Gianluca asked for a drum kit for his Christmas after seeing a friend learn drums and dreamt of being like John Bonham. Through school Gianluca jammed with Gavin and the two soon formed a band which became Life on Standby.

Liam Walker: Liam (originally a guitarist) has an interest in blues and John Mayer. Liam joined Life on Standby as the band’s bassist while he was still in school.

Biography of Life on Standby:

Life on Standby is an Alternative Electronic Rock band who formed in Greenock, Scotland in 2011. Since their formation, the four piece have released two EP’s ‘Set the Sail’ and ‘Masquerade’ as well as 3 singles. However since the release of ‘Masquerade’ the band have climbed up the ranks of the Scottish live music circuit from playing the Glasgow O2 Academy and Garage Main Stages to Headlining King Tuts Wah Wah Hut and sold out Oran Mor. 2014 has been a big year for the band, being invited to perform with bands such as Marmozets and The Hype Theory, Life on Standby were invited down to the Red Bull Studios in London to record a live track and video while observed by Alternative break through band Don Broco, which ultimately led to their first ever performance on English soil at Download Festival followed by a very successful first UK tour. Life on Standby are now looking forward to releasing their debut album in March 2015.

Live Shows and Tours:

Past Venues: (2011-2012)

Garage Attic (Glasgow, Scotland)
Garage G2 (Glasgow, Scotland)
Word Up (Greenock, Scotland)

Tonara Fest (Tonara, Italy)
Bar Bloc (Glasgow, Scotland)
O2 ABC (Glasgow, Scotland)

Recent Venues: (2013-2014)

O2 Academy (Main Stage – Glasgow, Scotland)

King Tuts Wah Wah Hut x 2 (Glasgow, Scotland)

Gig on the Green (Greenock, Scotland)

Oran Mor – Sold out Headline show (Glasgow, Scotland)

PJ Malloy’s (Dunfermline, Scotland)
Download Festival 2014 (Donnington, England)

Recent UK Tour: (Oct 2014)

Green Room (Perth, Scotland)
Eagle (Inverness, Scotland)

Nice N Sleazy (Glasgow, Scotland)

Lomax (Liverpool, England)
Lounge 41 (Workington, England)
the Victoria Inn (Derby, England)

Future Live Events: (2015)

Audio – Glasgow, Scotland: Fri 30th January

Lounge 41 – Workington, England: Sat 7th March

The Swan – Stranraer, Scotland: Fri 13th March

The Green Room – Perth: Sat 14th March

Fanny by Gaslight – Kilmarnock: Sun 15th March


“Incorporating snatches of electronica affords them an eclectic variation on their hard-chugging, contemporary sound, with front woman Erin Donnachie’s spirited performance lending them a streak of punk edge” – Jay Richardson, The Scotsman.

“One of the best unsigned Alternative Electronic bands in Scotland” – Daily Mail.

“Definitely a band to look out for” – Duncan Gray, Triple G Music.

“Life on Standby were the standout act of the night, such a mass of raw energy and emotion” – Underground Uncovered.

“One could perhaps argue that Greenock’s Life on Standby don’t fit the usual mould of a Download Festival band, but don’t be fooled by their electronic leanings. Behind the synths and front woman Erin’s soothing vocals lays a body of eclectic, crunching riffs that will shake off any Sunday hangover.” – Daily Dischord

“SINCE forming in 2011, Life on Standby has emerged as one of Scotland’s best unsigned alternative electronic bands.” – Evening Times.

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