2013-2014 In 2013, American Standards underwent some significant line up changes, replacing their drummer and moving their bassist to guitar. This is when the band also decided to go back to their DIY roots by independently releasing The Death of Rhythm and Blues EP. Many viewed the change as a risky move for a highly anticipated sophomore release, however the transition proved to pay off. The album landed on several top 10 lists for the year and was met with positive critical acclaim. 2015-2016 Adjusting the the new environment, in 2015 American Standards began to partner with several international DIY labels in order to allow their international distribution to remain low cost and quickly accessible.
This included Enjoyment Records in the U.K. and Nacion Libre in Mexico. It also expanded their available formats from digital and CD to include previously unreleased vinyl and cassettes. Shortly after, the band released the Hungry Hands EP which continued to walk the line between 90s hardcore punk and early 2000s metalcore with a very experimental twist. Beyond American Standards has announced a new full length album for 2017.
Based on posts from the band, the release will continue to build upon sociopolitical themes, corporate greed, satire, materialism and personal struggle. In an interview with As The Story Grows, it was confirmed that the band lost its founding guitarist Cody Conrad to suicide in 2015 and the singer Brandon Kellum's father and grandmother to cancer that same year. Dealing with these topics are likely to surface in the lyrics of the album. Follow American Standards on: Facebook: www.facebook.com/AmericanStandards Twitter: www.twitter.com/AmericanStndrds Instagram: www.instagram.com/AmericanStandards Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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