This week, I was lucky enough to be able part of the audience for Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6Music radio show, which was broadcast live from the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield as part of 5live’s Oktoberfest. Even if there had been no live music I would have enjoyed myself immensely, being both a massive radio nerd and a committed Lammo fan, but I’m very glad there was as it allowed myself to get acquainted with delightful and upbeat stylings of Standard Fare.
Standard Fare are a three-piece comprising of Emma Kupa (vocals and bass), Dan How (vocals and guitar) and Andy Beswick (drums). All three hailing from Derbyshire, they played and practised around the Buxton area until 2007 when they decided to up sticks and move to Sheffield’s Yellow Arch Studios, where they’ve been based ever since.
Drawing on the influences of soft rock and punk, Standard Fare’s indie pop ditties tell tales on as diverse themes as nuclear holocaust (“Suitcase”), divided families (”Half Sister) and missing a lover from the other side of the Atlantic (“Philadelphia”) . Their songs have a relentless momentum and an infectious and endearing buoyancy ; this is not a band trying to change the world, but it is definitely a band that want you to have a dance and bloody good time. Kupa’s chirpy, regional vocals (of which she professes a stunning range) contrast beautifully with How’s softer, smoother tone, giving them a quirky quality that really sets Standard Fare apart from other “golden triangle” (drums, bass, guitar) indie bands.
To date, Standard Fare have release two studio albums, 2010’s ‘The Noyelle Beat’ and 2011’s ‘Out Of Sight, Out Of Town’, and have had national air-play from the aforementioned Steve Lamacq and Radio 1’s Huw Stevens. In light of this, you might be surprised to learn that the band members have to maintain their day jobs in the midst of an ever-demanding tour schedule. Therefore, I propose a plan; if we all go out and buy their record, they’ll have enough dollar in their pocket to give up working and to concentrate on what they do best; making excellent and danceable indiepop magic.
To find out more about Standard Fare, visit their website.