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We're extremely excited to share that the band standards have signed with Topshelf Records and will release their debut full-length, Fruit Island, this summer.

standards is a two-piece math rock band fronted by guitarist Marcos Mena and featuring drummer Brody Taylor Smith. Their self-described "fruity" melodies and technical musicianship have earned them somewhat of a cult following over the years, owed in part to Mena's proclivity for guitar-based video content. But the band's ebullient songwriting is the true source of their popularity among guitar-music fans, who laud standards for their uniquely danceable brand of complex instrumental rock. Since the group's inception in late 2017, standards have released two beloved EPs, played with the likes of Polyphia, Covet, and Delta Sleep, and toured in support of emo group Tiny Moving Parts.

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art by Liam Hopkins

standards will also be on tour soon, first with the band Floral through the rest of February, and then with Shin Guard in late March/early April:

dates with Floral:

  • February 15 - El Paso, TX @ Love Buzz
  • February 17 - McAllen, TX @ Yerbia Cultura
  • February 18 - San Antonio, TX @ Limelight
  • February 19 - Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie's
  • February 20 - Houston, TX @ Secret Group
  • February 21 - Dallas, TX @ Rubber Gloves
  • February 22 - Amarillo, TX @ Pondaseta Brewery
  • February 23 - Denver, CO @ 7th Circle
  • February 25 - Phoenix, AZ @ Sun Room
  • February 26 - Las Vegas, NV @ Cheba Hut
  • February 28 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell
  • March 6 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill

dates with Shin Guard:

  • March 23 - Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
  • March 24 - Minneapolis, MO @ The Garage
  • March 26 - Chicago, IL @ Wire
  • March 27 - Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary
  • March 28 - Toronto, ON @ Baby G's
  • March 29 - Cleveland, OH @ Mallhalls Downstairs
  • March 30 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Mr. Roboto Project
  • March 31 - Philadelphia, PA @ Creep Records
  • April 1 - New York City, NY @ The Kingsland
  • April 2 - Glassboro, NJ @ 4333 Collective
  • April 3 - Baltimore, MD @ The Undercroft
  • April 5 - Charlotte, NC @ Milestone
  • April 6 - Atlanta, GA @ The Bakery

art by Mostyn Griffith

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