Acclaimed Los Angeles, CA Duo standards Pay Homage To Influences From Classic Punk and Modern Prog Acts on New Single/Video “Cloudberry”

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Acclaimed Los Angeles, CA Duo


Pay Homage To Influences From Classic Punk and Modern Prog Acts on New Single/Video “Cloudberry”

Upcoming LP ‘Fruit Town’ Out July 22 on Wax Bodega

On Tour July 21-August 24 w/ Glacier Veins As Direct Support

““Smile” sees standards tap into the poppier side of their progressive repertoire. Consistent with the rest of (their) output, it’s hooky as hell – and we’re always down for virtuosity you can dance to.”- Guitar World

“Is Marcos Mena the best guitarist in indie rock?”- 48 Hills

“Feel-good math rock guitar melodies atop rolling percussion with warped rhythmic tweaks. In other words, the best type of math rock.”- Fecking Bahamas

“The sonic equivalent of a healthy and refreshing summer salad.”- Frontrunner Magazine

Standards Promo Photo 2022

Photo: Briana Mutlu

Los Angeles math-rock duo standards has released “Cloudberry” the next single off the upcoming album ‘Fruit Town,’ due out July 22 on Wax Bodega.

Led by ebullient guitarist Marcos Mena, and rounded out by Cam Mitchell on drums, the pair boast a fruitful combination of musical chops and catchy guitar-driven melodies.

Of the new track, Mena says, “Cloudberry is a colorful, punk inspired math rock track featuring fast drums and catchy guitars. The song’s attitude is captured well in the adjoining video, filmed in an abandoned river basin in the band’s native area of Long Beach, California. The track pays homage to influences from classic punks bands to modern prog acts that resonate throughout the song.”

Stream the “Cloudberry” music video here:

For almost five years, standards’ instrumental compositions have captivated audiences all over the world as well as in their hometown of Los Angeles, California.

Directed by Cole McCarthy

Stream the single/pre-order the album here:

standards’ exhuberant songwriting is the true source of their popularity among guitar-music fans, who laud the duo for their uniquely danceable brand of complex instrumental rock. Since the group’s inception in late 2017, standards have released a series of EPs, the 2020 full-length ‘Fruit Island’, and have played shows with the likes of Polyphia, Covet, and Delta Sleep.

Proclaimed as “an interesting, new talent” by Guitar World Magazine, standards is poised to have their biggest year yet after signing with indie label Wax Bodega, as well as embarking on their second European tour.

standards will be on the road this summer, with dates kicking off on July 21 in San Diego, CA’s. All dates feature direct support from Glacier Veins (Equal Vision Records). See dates below. Tickets available here:

As standards enters this new chapter, there is little doubt that they will continue to defy expectations of what an instrumental rock duo is capable of.

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Tour Dates

Direct support from Glacier Veins

07/21/2022 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

07/22/2022 – San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout

07/23/2022 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Usual Place *NEW

07/24/2022 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge

07/26/2022 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live *NEW VENUE

07/27/2022 – Houston, TX @ Eighteen Ten Ojeman

07/28/2022 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa

07/30/2022 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub *NEW

07/31/2022 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

08/01/2022 – Nashville, TN @ The End

08/02/2022 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor *NEW

08/03/2022 – Washington, DC @ DC9

08/04/2022 – Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy

08/05/2022 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kingsland

08/06/2022 – New Haven, CT @ The State House

08/08/2022 – Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s

08/09/2022 – Columbus, OH @ Big Room Bar

08/10/2022 – Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary

08/11/2022 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen

08/12/2022 – Milwaukee, WI @ X-Ray Arcade

08/13/2022 – St. Paul, MN @ The Treasury

08/15/2022 – Fort Collins, CO @ The Coast

08/16/2022 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Loading Dock

08/18/2022 – Seattle, WA @ Vera Project

08/19/2022 – Portland, OR @ Holocene

08/21/2022 – Sacramento, CA @ Goldfield

08/24/2022 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Cid