Answered by Brandon Kellum


The project has a particular name, it would be interesting to know what meaning it has for musicians who compose it. What made you to found this project?


There’s not really a single meaning behind the name. We wanted it to be something that we left up for interpretation whether that works to our advantage or perhaps our detriment.


What is the main reason you play? Do you see music as a work or just as a passion?


Music is definitely a passion but a passion that takes a lot of work. None of us rely on the band as a means to survive and because of that we can do it on our own terms. Make the kind of music that we want to make and play the shows that we ourselves would pay to see.


How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?


It feels like we all know each our styles a little better and because of that we can challenge each other’s creative processes in a more productive way. Before it was someone bringing 95% of a song to the table. Now we’re all in it from beginning to end.

Have you had any influence from other bands?


We grew up on 90s and early 2000s punk, hardcore and metal. When we heard bands like Refused, Norma Jean and Converge we knew that was the path we wanted to take.


Are there any particular emotions and feelings you want to convey to listeners?


Hopefully the music conveys a wide gamut or emotions. A lot of bands focus in on one or two like love or anger. That’s great but can get stale.


There was a significant line-up changes in 2013, why?


American Standards has really had a revolving door of musicians since we started. For the most part all line up changes have been amicable though. More often then not when someone leaves it can be attributed to natural growth and change. When we started the band we were in our early 20s. As you get closer to 30, your priorities change and you have different commitments. Being in a band doesn’t always fit into the more traditional lifestyle.


Talk about the full-length “Anti-Melody”, according to you, what distinguishes it from other products?


Anti-Melody tows the line between extreme music and music that still maintains some structure and melody. We put a strong focus on the lyrical content and story behind the album. We also wanted to make sure that in-spite I’d of the heavy content, it still had a fun, tongue in cheek vibe.


What are your plans for the future?


We’re already working on some new songs which we’ll hopefully have out along with some more tours in early 2018.


What do you think can differentiate your works from products of others similar bands?


I think we take a more raw approach to our both our recordings and live show. We’re focused less on technicality and more on emotion.


Have you ever thought about becoming musicians and having a great follow-up when you was a child? What were your dreams?


I really didn’t have an itch to be in a band until I was a teenager. Since then though, I think that it’s become more than just being in a band and really been something that’s shaped my entire life. Most the people that I’m close to are all as a result of being in the band.


To conclude the interview say something important that hasn’t said before.


I’m sure it’s been said before but stop waiting for things to happen and make them happen yourself. Whatever it is that you’ve always wanted to do, you can take steps towards that today. Count each step in the right direction as its own success and enjoy the journey.