STANDARD
3,000 V 40,000 W

[Mushroom Pillow, www.mushroompillow.com]

First of all, I'm not familiar with much rock music coming out of Spain. Secondly, that's no excuse to change this lapse.  Debut effort by Spanish outfit Standard is joyously overachieving and equally energetic in its totality.  They describe themselves as a post-punk, punk-funk and even dance-rock ensemble, though I get an idea they're just fishing for clues to their own identity.  They remind me a bit of Blur?no make that Slowdive when they were first starting out.  Gush of tasty guitars [two guitarists in this six-piece], accompanied with massive keyboards and a wall of a percussive wallop make for a fiery session.  With a line-up of two percussionists and some drum-machines, these guys make massive noise.  Their lead vocalist - Deu Thakartegi - reminds me of someone who likes to whine, though much of the time; I'm not exactly sure what his beef is?  The only drawback is the lyrics.  On "Suzane", the band proclaims:
"I´m gonna strech you out tonight
´cause I know that you do it everytime
´cause I know how you look
and I know how you dress so fine
I want to see you shine
I want to see you shine."
All right, so they're just starting out, but some work needs to be invested in that department.  Otherwise, Standard hits all the right notes with the post-shoe-gazer crowd.  Rock on you hard-headed fools!

- Tom Sekowski


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