“We’ve been a DIY band for the better part of the past decade. No money, limited connections, and debatable talent. That’s never stopped us from giving it everything we’ve got though. If it wasn’t for that mindset, I wouldn’t have had the majority of experiences and friends that I’ve made through them. We have no delusions of grandeur, but the band makes someone say ‘I want to do that’ or ‘Check out these jackasses. I can do better’; I’d love to know it’s inspired someone to take action.” – Brandon Kellum
Sometimes strong emotions can make you lose focus. That’s not the case for Phoenix, AZ based hardcore band American Standards.
Since their inception ten years ago, American Standards have been had to overcome their share of adversity. After losing their founding guitarist to suicide and lead vocalist Brandon Kellum’s father to cancer in quick succession, the band have successfully channelled the troubled waters of loss while incorporating sharp and at times witty social commentary that offers a conduit to acceptance.
With their 4th and most recent album ‘Anti-Melody’, distributed by Victory Records, American Standards took a new approach, mixing, producing and releasing the collection independently, after recording at Kingsize Soundlabs (Mars Volta, Letlive, Bad Religion). In keeping with the band’s mantra, “Don’t wait for things to happen, make them happen”, the result is a raw and visceral, a powerful and emotive collection, pulling no punches.
Having shared the stage with a plethora of hardcore legends including Every Time I Die, Norma Jean, Comeback Kid and Knocked Loose, American Standards have hit the mark on a national scale, picking up tastemaker acclaim from Decibel Magazine, Alternative Press and Revolver.
Having announced their signing to Manic Kat Records last year, American Standards have returned to cap off 2022 with an explosive new single that ignites a hearty spark of pummelling percussion and expansive riffs, set to the back drop of Brandon Kellum’s gripping lead vocal.