We Are Standard are an indie rock/post punk band from Spain. Recently their reps contacted us and sent us their excellent self titled debut album being released April 26th on Mushroom Pillow. It was recorded in the span of 8 months of back and forth travel between Spain and the UK and it was produced by Andy Gill of Gang of Four fame. Here's some of what their press release had to say about Andy::
The idea behind putting Andy Gill at the controls was to give the band a more minimal sound “We figured he’d strip down the recording, take out some instruments, and give the songs space to breathe. We were expecting something like an electro version of Entertainment! What we didn’t expect, but were equally thrilled to find, was a producer and a band testing the limits of studio production”. ‘We Are Standard’ was polished off and mastered by Simon Davey (Chromeo, Amy Winehouse, DJ Shadow, Scissor Sisters).
Fans of angular type rock bands like Gang of Four, Franz Ferdinand or even The Rapture will love this record! Really great guitar record and great guitar records are hard to come by these days. My favorite songs from the 9 track album are track #3 "The Last Time" their new single released April 5th which has this great borderline R rated video for it as well as a great Arthur Baker Remix of it sitting pretty in the track #8 spot. Also loving "Bye, Bye, Bye", "Easy", "Dont Let The Children Play Around", plus "The First Girl Who Got a Kiss Without a Please" which happens to be the track they've let us post as free download. Sweeet-ness! This track and video will give you a pretty good idea of their sound and hopefully get you excited to find out more about this great up and coming Spanish band. They definitely made fans here at Off the Radar!
MP3: The First Girl Who Got a Kiss Without a Please - We Are Standard