After experiencing loss, tragedy and heartache, Phoenix's American Standards put their personal feelings to pen and paper. The band's newest single "WEEP" debuted last Friday and listeners were given a first hand look into American Standards pain as well as their dedication to keep pushing forward.
The song, which could be teasing a new album to come, employs several of the staples that fans are accustomed to from instruments that erupt into chaos only to stop on a dime, to panic chords which lay the foundation for an unrestrained vocal delivered with the intensity of a screaming banshee. Where "WEEP" really shines though, is in its attention to song structure and dynamics. It’s these elements that give "WEEP" its replay value. Rather than being overly technical or heavy for the sake of heavy, it makes the song multidimensional, allowing listeners to really feel the emotion that the band speaks of below.
“We all had a hell of a year. From losing friends and family to other struggles in our lives, it was’t hard to get down about stuff. It also wasn’t uncommon to be out having a good time when that heavy feeling would hit me like a ton of bricks. 'WEEP' is about how your past can affect your present. Its about trying to put your life together after tragedy. It’s easy to dwell on negative experiences but at some point you have to decide to pull yourself up and change your perspective because at the end of the day, sometimes that’s all that you have control over.” -Brandon Kellum (vocals)
American Standards is an emotionally and politically charged chaotic hardcore/noise punk band from Phoenix, AZ. Formed in 2011, the band released it's debut Still Life with Victory Records distribution. The album featured dissonant guitars, prominent driving bass and complex drum rhythms. The music served as a platform for a dynamic vocal delivery with lyrical content including topics such as corporate greed, media satire, materialism and personal struggle.
In 2013, American Standards parted ways with the label to independently release their sophomore album The Death of Rhythm and Blues. During this time the band shared the stage with heavy hitters such as Every Time I Die, Norma Jean, Atreyu, Comeback Kid, Emery and Zao. They also toured extensively, playing over 300 DIY booked shows.
In 2014, American Standards put out Hungry Hands. The band partnered with multiple international labels to help distribute the release on CD, vinyl and cassette.
In 2017, American Standards released Anti-Melody. The album was recorded at Kingsize Soundlabs (The Mars Volta, Bad Religion, letlive.). During the writing process the band found that its founding guitarist had passed of suicide and soon after, the vocalist's father to cancer. The band re-wrote much of the album and chose to self-mix.