Arizona has always been a breeding ground for heavy metal. From modern metal bands such as Job For A Cowboy, Gatecreeper, and DED to classic acts like Soulfly, Flotsam and Jetsam, and Alice Cooper, there’s something about the desert that fosters loud, aggressive music.
Enter Phoenix, AZ metallic hardcore punk band, American Standards. Having released ‘The Dealer’ last month via Lambgoat, the 4-piece just premiered a gritty, bass driven follow up titled ‘The Tourist’ on Decibel Magazine. The track’s lyrical content is as tragic as it is optimistic, touching on themes of consumerism and legacy. High energy and raw, the intensity is elevated with an unexpected guest feature from spoken word artist Cody Milford of The God Samaritan.
American Standards Singer Brandon Kellum said of the song:
“Our society breeds a culture that convinces people they don’t have enough. We’ve been convinced to chase happiness in the form of material possessions, social status, and an unpromised future. You’re alive now. Savor it.”
The Tourist will appear on American Standards upcoming ep ‘DOPAMINE DEALER’ being released February 3rd 2023. Listen now on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, or wherever you stream music.