The Standards - Out Of The Fire
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There’s no denying 2009 was a terrific year for music. It has to be said, though, that our chances of finding original indie newcomers over the past 12-months have been pretty much slim to none. That is, of course, if you prefer your bands without a gluttonous side of synth and Tenori-On.
London trio The Standards, having toured with the likes of The Cribs, The Rakes and Sparks, are convinced they can jumpstart demand for proper guitar bands with their special blend of melodic rock and pop. If the band’s debut single ‘Out Of The Fire’ is anything to go by, they just might be onto something.
Saturated with slick guitar and indebted to the likes of Boy Kill Boy and Franz Ferdinand, ‘Out Of The Fire’ is awash with great melodies and encouraging nods toward some of the best British pop bands of the last century. There’s even an 8-bar guitar solo with the juice of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Albatross’ pumping through it. So stick that in your electro pipe.
Without getting carried away, the simple fact remains that one decent tune does not a life-changing band make. And with little more than this and their live shows to judge them on, it’s hard to determine where The Standards will be a few months down the line. With any luck they’ll be laughing as a million Korgs and Mini-Moogs burn.