The Spring Standards have been told many things about their music since their start in 2008 – it makes people feel warm inside, it touches painful places. It’s simple and sweet yet dark and utterly confusing. They’ve been called folk, pop, rock, Americana, indie and everything in between – sometimes all over the course of a 45-minute set. In spite of this, The Spring Standards are far from a band in the midst of an identity crisis. They are not trend-chasers or bandwagon riders. They are honest-to-goodness troubadours who let their music guide them, dutifully following wherever it might lead.
For 3 kids who grew up together in the woods and creeks of the Delaware/Pennsylvania border, their shared memories take them down winding back roads to starry open fields on quiet summer nights. They learned James Taylor covers in their parent’s garage and played small side stages at local folk festivals while other kids their age were doing way cooler things. Their love of music was the tie that always bound them to each-other, and making it together quickly became the lifeblood of their friendship. It’s that connection that has carried them through ups and downs, in and out of one another’s lives over the years and miles, to this moment in Brooklyn, NY as they prepare their third independent release.
The Spring Standards are taking more risks than ever before with their new album, a double EP entitled yellow // gold. In it, the band explores the two contrasting sides of their musical identity.
yellow is a 7-song disc filled with warmth and melancholy, with tunes that tell stories of hope in the face of longing and loss. It harkens back to their roots, drawing inspiration from the music they grew up with and those things that first drew them together – the simple magic of voices raised in harmony, the beauty of acoustic instruments.
gold is a 5-song battle cry from some dark secret place, full of frustration and excitement, tension and relief. These songs invoke urban landscapes and dingy rock clubs, long stretches of deserted highways from Orlando to Seattle, the honking horns and screeching trains of New York City. They are pulsing and frantic, desperate to be heard and understood.
When juxtaposed, these two EPs capture the energy of a band in a moment of significant growth and self-realization. A band that’s not afraid to throw out expectation and follow their instincts into uncharted waters, trusting that their beloved listeners will take the leap of faith along with them. And that faith is well-founded, given that this is the second fully fan-funded album The Spring Standards have released. The support they’ve received from their growing fan base has allowed them to stay fully independent, an invaluable gift that encourages them to take risks and continue growing well beyond their comfort zone. They fully embrace the symbiotic nature of that relationship, and cherish the unique connection they’ve been able to cultivate with fans near and far.
yellow // gold was recorded over the course of 2011 at Sounds Like a Fire Studio in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. It features some of Brooklyn’s finest and a lot of delicious food was eaten during its creation.