The Standards Donate to Oxfam

standardsalbumThis is the debut album from London based three-piece guitar/pop band The Standards. All the songs were recorded in the Austrian Alps, sometime in 2011. The Standards are among good company and they don’t disappoint. They deliver a consistent collection of well crafted, catchy, guitar-lead pop songs. Although they are all modern tales interwoven with frustration, contemplation and loss, the band manages to transform them into an album that is uplifting and ultimately celebratory. We are in this together they seem to say.

The juxtaposition of happy and sad seems to be a tread that goes through all ten songs captured in song titles like ‘Resignation Waltz’. The sing-along melodies and jangly guitars seem to undermine the frequent appearance of melancholy in the lyrics. The Standards are not a band without a sense of humour though. Neil Winspear’s vocals are both energetic and distinctive as he sings ‘Back off, Back off, I think I’m coming down with cough’ on ‘Slow Down’ about blowing hot and cold in a relationship. He sounds jubilant and hopeful when singing ‘I was drowning when you found me’ a song with a happy ending. Neil Winspear also sings in his own accent which is a rare treat these days.

If The Standards don’t get under your skin with the first single ‘Mice’ you may have a heart of stone. A definite pop gem, by the time you hear: ‘We’ve made the world a dangerous place where / womankind can be a wicked race, / and men thrive on violence. All I crave is silence’… You’ll be one of the converted. If not you don’t really stand much of a chance, as the songs sound so effortlessly catchy. This is the sound of a band that has mastered their craft and is a solid unit.

News Flash! Speakeasy Location Found!
This morning, our Agents uncovered a secret hideaway at 7 Torrens Street

AKA The Islington Metal Works

It looks like one heck of a party is being planned here for Sunday 16th September.Gillespie Park, a beautiful nature reserve in the heart of Islington will play host to an afternoon of music, dancing, kids activities and stalls selling a range of produce.

Oxjam Islington will be there in force, you’ll even see some of our acts amongst the line up, as we’ve been helping The Friends of Gillespie Park with the music. On the main stage we have The Ivy York Band. For those who prefer a slightly more relaxing vibe there’s an acoustic cafe, serving up organic food to enjoy whilst listening . In the main field there will be stalls selling a range of goods, from home made jams and pickles to fabulous arts and crafts, with the wide array of food available there will be something for everyone! There’s also a huge range of activities for children. Oxjam Islington may even reproduce the Olympic Opening Ceremony for you! Come and see us on our stall – we’ll be right next to the stage. With all the Friends of Gillespies’ hard work, it’s going to be an amazing day.

The Gillespie Festival

Gillespie Park, a beautiful nature reserve in the heart of Islington will play host to an afternoon of music, dancing, kids activities and stalls selling a range of produce. Come along and shake your stuff with the Morris dancing troupe or listen to the wry and witty humour of spoken word. All organised by The Friends of Gillespie Park and Islington Council.

Oxjam Islington will be there in force, you’ll even see some of our acts amongst the line up, as we’ve been helping The Friends of Gillespie Park with the music.  For those who prefer a slightly more relaxing vibe there’s an acoustic cafe, serving up organic food to enjoy whilst listening to acts . In the main field there will be stalls selling a range of goods, from home made jams and pickles to fabulous arts and crafts, with the wide array of food available there will be something for everyone! There’s also a huge range of activities for children, including storytelling with the wonderful acrobatics . Oxjam Islington may even reproduce the Olympic Opening Ceremony for you! Come and see us on our stall – we’ll be right next to the stage. With all the Friends of Gillespies’ hard work, it’s going to be an amazing day.