“There’s just something about them…” a phrase attributed to so many artists but one that is true to very few. It may, at first glance, seem like an evasive term, a refusal to give any true explanation as to why one is a fan of the artists work but to look a little deeper is to understand that it may well be one of the most honest and personal comments one can make.

It’s one that exists as the indescribable, a comment which really means that you can’t quite find the right words to explain what it is that makes the musicians in front of you feel so special, and often because it’s such a personal journey the music sends you in that you wish for them to live solely in your own world, in your emotions and imagination – one just for you.

The Staves are one of those kind of bands, whose music immediately transports you to a specific place or time, thought or feeling and offers the perfect soundtrack to wherever that place may be, they’re the kind of band whose record you don’t just put or and listen to, venture to go and see live and just watch - it’s all far more than that.

It all began in Watford for The Staves; sisters Emily, Jessica and Camilla Staveley Taylor were brought up in a house filled with the music of their parent’s record collection, exposing the sibling trio to the likes of The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills & Nash and James Taylor. It wasn’t long until the sisters were singing along to the records, offering up three part harmonies at the dinner table. In a bid to support their talented children, the adult Staveley Taylor’s encouraged them to take part at an open mic night at their local pub. The youngest sister, Milly, was aged just fourteen at the time but after a deal was cut with Pam, landlady of the establishment, the girls took to the stage to perform a set of covers which included Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Landslide’ Crosby Stills and Nash's ‘Helplessly Hoping’, Neil Young’s ‘After The Gold Rush’ and deeming the show a success, returned and played at the pub almost weekly. It’s worth noting that it was here that the band found their name after a friend scribbled it onto the chalkboard which told pub punters who was performing – The Staves were born.

After some time performing at local café’s and pubs The Staves released their debut EP ‘Facing West’ which showcased their own song writing abilities and garnered them some initial critical acclaim, enough for them to have to decide whether it best to pursue the band full time or for sister Camilla to embark on a university course. The sisters decided to make a go of the band and were soon in talks with record labels, one conversation resulting in the sisters singing on Tom Jones single Praise and Blame, and shortly after they signed with Atlantic Records, which really isn’t that bad for three sisters who started out singing in their local pub.

Soon after signing, the band released the ‘Mexico EP’ - largely written at their mother’s kitchen table - which further exhibited the bands ability to develop their own sound built around their vocal harmonies and transatlantic influences. The Staves found themselves embarking on tours and the EP garnered a certain critical acclaim for its introspective, measured beauty.

2012 has perhaps been the most exciting for the band, beginning with a stint in America supporting The Civil Wars before heading to SXSW, completing a Austin to Boston tour and opening for Bon Iver during his US and Canadian tours. In April, the sisters released ‘The Motherlode EP’, allowing fans a taster hearing of what to expect from their debut album, Dead & Born & Grown recorded with legendary producer Ethan Johns and his father, Glyn. The full length is a wonderful look into the world The Staves have created one in which their beautiful voices and exist alongside the radiance of their music, a place where bruised ballads live in the same space as their hopeful harmonies.

To truly explain what it is about The Staves that makes them one of the most exciting prospects in recent memory is to endeavour into a world built on personal discovery within their music so perhaps it’s most appropriate to leave where we started an offer a phrase we’ve already dissected in this biography; there’s just something about them.