Jessica and Camilla Staveley-Taylor, who make up two-thirds of the band The Staves, alongside their older sister, Emily, are discussing London’s Metropolitan line. “This is really boring, isn’t it?” asks Jessica, after we have all reminisced about the respective suburban areas we grew up in along the purple train line. As beginnings to interviews go, it’s an unlikely start, but it is easy to forget you’re talking to a band whose third album, Good Woman, released on 5 February 2021, received a slew of brilliant reviews, praise and that prime spot of Radio 6 Music’s Album Of The Day.
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“There’s this feeling of, ‘Yes, you get it’”
Speaking to Dig!, the Staveley-Taylors are so funny, charming and friendly that it’s no surprise they’ve found themselves a fiercely loyal fanbase, particularly with women in their 20s and 30s. “Our fanbase is largely female,” they note. “When we put out our first record we were still in our early 20s, so lots of women our own age at that time got on board and have stayed with us.
“We look out in the crowd and there’s this feeling of, ‘Yes, you get it,’” they continue. “There’s a similar age demographic and we feel like we have grown with our fans, too. Our fanbase has been so loyal the whole time and shown us so much love and embraced all that we have done, so we have always felt like there’s this safe audience that will be up for whatever it is we are doing. We’re very lucky.”
But it really isn’t luck; more sheer talent for writing brilliantly perceptive songs that find a place with others navigating similar experiences.
The Staves, from Watford, Greater London, arrived in 2012 with a debut folk album, Dead & Born & Grown, that perfectly demonstrated their knack for beautiful three-part harmonies (should you need any more proof, a cover of Joni Mitchell’s A Case Of You, performed in a corridor as a warm-up before a show in 2015, is so sensational it will stop you in your tracks). There had been some EPs the year before, including Mexico, the title track of which remains a fan favourite to this day and also appeared on Dead & Born & Grown. Another EP, Live At Cecil Sharp House, saw them play the famed folk spot in North London and perhaps introduced the easy – but lazy – idea that The Staves were a folk trio.