“With a touch of the 80s, (“Cherry”) is a joyous outburst from the duo with vibrant synths, a masterclass in drumming and off the wall guitar playing. It’s an eclectic mixture of electronic elements and outrageous musical talent, as the band push themselves to create a level of complex musical brilliance. It’s my new addiction.”- Backseat Mafia
““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
Photo: Sydney Yatco
Los Angeles math-rock duo standards has released “Cherry,” the third single off the upcoming album ‘Fruit Town,’ set for release on July 22 via Wax Bodega.
Led by ebullient guitarist Marcos Mena, the pair boast a fruitful combination of musical chops and catchy guitar-driven melodies which has garnished popularity among fans who laud standards for their uniquely danceable brand of complex instrumental rock. For almost five years, their instrumental compositions have captivated audiences all over the world as well as in their hometown of Los Angeles, California.
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 the band enters this new chapter, there is little doubt that they will continue to defy expectations of what an instrumental rock duo is capable of.
Of the new single Mena says, “Cherry is a bombastic prog rock anthem with a fusion of math rock guitar stylings and heavy metal.”
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: https://tourlink.to/fruit-town-tour.