Review in Brief: Spring Standards at Coffeehouse

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On Thursday, Nov. 3, the Spring Standards performed at the SGA Programs Board Coffeehouse, wowing the packed Grind with their mellow melodies and unique instrumentations. The New York City-based trio filled the room with a warm, folksy sound that even the coffee grinders couldn’t silence.

The Spring Standards is made up of James Cleare, Heather Robb and James Smith, all songwriters and musicians since their teen years. Their music is a combination of many styles and instruments that, according to the band’s Facebook page, “refuses to sit comfortably in any genre.” The band utilizes a wide variety of instruments, like the harmonica, melodica, and glockenspiel. This, blended with rich three-part harmonies, turns their sound into that of a much larger group.

During the band’s hour-long set, the Spring Standards played a mixture of upbeat and euphonious songs from their existing albums and two extended plays (EPs) which they are currently producing. The music was punctuated with anecdotes and the band’s playful banter with the audience. They had a strong stage presence that was well received by the audience. First-year Tara Shafersaid said, “They were really good. I really enjoyed it, I’m glad I came.”

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