Phoenix hardcore quartet, AMERICAN STANDARDS are now streaming their new record “Anti-Melody” The band has been getting praise for expanding the realm of hardcore and keeping the genre exciting with their chaotic and innovative sound. Being an independent band in the underground scene, the group has managed to carve their way on their own terms through multiple Album releases and relentless DIY touring.
Vocalist, Brandon Kellum commented on their on their DIY album saying,
“We wrote Anti-Melody as a way to tear down the walls. To show that you don’t need this tough guy machismo to write heavy music; You don’t need to look or play a certain way as long as you have something honest and sincere to say. We aren’t winning any popularity contests with it but then again, we weren’t in those competitions to begin with.”
“Anti-Melody will open your eyes to the outside world. If you’re a fan of social commentary with intense breakdowns and sing-alongs, this is the album for you.” -Groovey.TV
“Bands like American Standards are taking risks and blurring the lines of genre specific songs.” -Shockwave Magazine
“Each song on Anti-Melody has it’s own distinct character. American Standards manage to maintain the spirit and anger of first wave hardcore while bringing their own defiant style.” -ThePunkSite.com
“It wouldn’t surprise me if this album were included as an essential hardcore album.” -New Transcendence
“Energetic, unconventional, and chaotic to the core.” -Ouch That Hertz
More about the band:
Formed in 2011, American Standards is a hard-hitting, emotionally and politically charged noise punk band from Phoenix, Arizona. Employing a blistering blend of chaotic hardcore and early era metalcore, the band released its powerhouse debut “Still Life” in 2012 under We Are Triumphant, an imprint of Victory Records.
In a time where many bands were competing to be the heaviest or catchiest, American Standards carved their own path with dynamic songwriting and thought provoking lyrics. This warranted them the opportunity to share the stage with acts such as Every Time I Die, Norma Jean, Zao, Atreyu and The Dillinger Escape Plan. American Standards quickly became known for their intense live show, tongue in cheek demeanor and relentless work ethic- booking hundreds of DIY tour dates, designing all its own merch/album art and producing several independent music videos.
Since Still Life, American Standards has released two EP’s and has announced a full length titled “Anti-Melody” set for release April 28th 2017. The album continues to build upon sociopolitical themes, corporate greed, media satire and materialism but with the loss of the bands original guitarist (Cody Conrad) to suicide and vocalists father to cancer during the writing process, the lyrics also have a much more dark and personal tone.
“In 1998 the iconic Swedish hardcore punk band Refused begged for it, in 2011 we finally began to hear the response. New Noise. American hardcore band American Standards has managed to bring a fresh spin on a genre that has become increasingly riddled with cookie cutter breakdowns and empty messages.” – Top40-Charts.com
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