Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Standard Fare

The group from Sheffield, England released their first, stellar album The Noyelle Beat in 2010 and the tracks off it are top notch. When they released Out of Sight, Out of Town, I was thrilled for the tracks amazingly got even more kinetic and melodic. Standard Fare is Emma Kupa, Danny Howe, Andy Beswick, and together they compose strong, energetic and powerful pop music! We were lucky enough to ask them a few questions, so be sure to check out this interview with Standard Fare!

AMBY: So what has the band been up to lately?

SF:We’ve had a busy summer touring the UK and France too, playing a number of fun all dayers and popfests such as Tramlines, Limoge’s, Long Division, and Indietracks. We had our last gig of the year last week at the Nottingham all dayer, it was by far our favourite gig ever! The crowd was jumping around dancing, singing and shouting, it was a fantastic finish to the year!

AMBY: For those who haven’t heard you, how would you describe your sound?

SF: Melodic, Raw, Power Pop

AMBY: You recently released a few new songs such as the rad tune At the Lake. Is this a sneak peak of what the album will be like?

SF: The single we did with Where It’s At Is Where You Are Records was just what came out of having to write some songs quickly and we went for quite a riff driven sound, which we really like.

AMBY: There are some cool combinations with your line-up, so what’s the song writing process like?

SF: It can vary. Recently we’ve been writing a bit more from jamming but we still bring songs to the group and then work on them together.

AMBY: Which three Standard Fare songs must be on every one’s player?

A: You Can Wait.

E: Darth Vader– I think it’s a good song for listening to while traveling.

D: I Know It’s Hard

AMBY: What’s the craziest thing that’s occurred at a live show?

SF: Recently we had to tell the audience to stop jumping as the venue were worried about everybody going through the floor and people had evacuated the bar below.

AMBY: Who are your biggest influences?

A: Tre Cool, Dave Grohl, & Matt Cameron.

E: Sam Cooke, Fleetwood Mac, Blondie

D: Greenday, Johnny Cash, & Evan Dando

AMBY: What’s your favourite thing to snack on while on the road?

A: Pasties.

E: Chocolate milk

D: Softmints

AMBY: If you could be anyone you wanted to be, whom would you be and what would you do?

E: Too many answers to this and it’s too risky.

D: Yeh we can’t really say much without giving away our secret alter-egos!

AMBY: The Smiths or The Cure?

A: I love them both, but if i’ve got to choose one it would have to be The Cure for me!

E: Tricky! The Cure.

D: That’s strange, me too, I was into The Cure before The Smiths so hold a special place for them.

AMBY: What’s the best song of 2012 so far?

A: This probably doesn’t count but can I add the best new song I heard in 2012..? Purge Your Inner Tory by Colour Me Wednesday. I saw them for the first time at the Sheffield Popomatic Alldayer in August, they were great!

E: I really like a song that was on the WIAIWYA singles club with ours by Tally Ho! which is a cover of Kid by The Pretenders.

D: I was really excited to get the Tigercats album Isle of Dogs and there’s a song on there called Jonny that’s different to what you expect and I couldn’t stop playing it once I heard it.

AMBY: Lastly, tell me something about the band that no one knows yet!

D: When we’re on tour Emma & Andy have conversations in their sleep, it’s really crazy to listen to and I don’t know how they don’t wake eachother up!


Take a listen to Standard Fare’s great tune Darth Vader off of their latest album Out of Sight, Out of Town! Keep yourself updated on their tour dates and news here. And of course, thank you Standard Fare, for giving me your answers!

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Alicia Atout

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