Music these days is not so black and white. Bands like American Standards are taking risks and blurring the lines of genre specific songs.
Set to release on April 28, 2017, their fourth full-length album, Anti-Melody, is eight tracks of get off your psychiatrist’s couch, fuck the coping skills, and hit something. It’s referred to as hardcore punk or chaotic metal. Whatever you call it, I love this shit.
“Writers Block Party” is the first track and the perfect way to kick off the following songs. It’s a runaway train full of explosives, never slowing until the fourth song “Bartenders Without Wings.” It grips your emotions right up to a heavy-laden chorus, then it rips right back into raw intensity. On their Bandcamp page, vocalist Brandon Kellum said,
“What started as social commentary on the growing divide in our society became very personal when our founding guitarist (Cody Conrad) passed of suicide and then soon after, my father of cancer. We went back in to re-write much of the album and in a lot of ways used it as therapy to deal with the experiences. Although very personal, at its core Anti-Melody is centered around the universal theme of separation on many levels.”
This quote leads me to track six, “Cancer Eater.” This song was written and recorded with impenetrable histrionics. Even those who’ve never gone through a terminal illness or tragedy can feel and hear every ounce of visceral torment in each note. This album isn’t meant to incite hopelessness in the living. Anti-Melody is a declaration of expression, a testimony of pain and grief, coping by therapeutically writing lyrics, making music, and recording a sick ass album.
American Standards have been known for their insanely chaotic live performances, so I’ll be keeping my eyes open to watch for their next tour. Now that I’ve heard Anti-Melody, I’m leaving my shrinks couch where it is and working on my coping skills in the pit.
P.S. I don’t really have a shrink, but if I did, I think raging to Anti-Melody would cure the insanity.
For all you hardcore, punk, metalcore fans, American Standards should be a household name. If you don’t know who they are, I suggest you get on that.
American Standards: Anti-Melody
- Writers Block Party
- Carpe Diem, Tomorrow
- Church Burner
- Bartenders Without Wings
- Danger Music #9
- Cancer Eater
- Broken Culture
- Chicago Overcoat