Standard Fare is a three-piece indie pop/rock band from Sheffield in the U.K. Comprised of bassist/vocalist Emma Kupa (whose mother was a member of the early-'80s anarcho-punk band the Poison Girls
), guitarist/vocalist Danny How, and drummer Andy Beswick, the group drew inspiration from both classic C-86 groups and U.K.
guitar rock heroes like Orange Juice
, as well as American indie rock bands of the '90s. Their sparse and energetic sound, topped off by Kupa’s arresting vocals, soon drew interest from indie fans, the press, and record labels. The group released their first single, "Dancing," on Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation
in 2009, then recorded the songs for The Noyelle Beat. The sessions lasted a mere six days, and the results were released by Melodic
in the U.K. and Bar/None
in the U.S. in March of 2010. After two years of writing and honing a batch of new songs, the band hit the studio with producer Alan Smyth for a lengthy 11 days. The resulting album, Out of Sight Out of Town, was released by Melodic
in January of 2012. ~ Tim Sendra, Rovi