About The New Standards
The New Standards are a rock and jazz trio known for their personality-laden brand of engaging performance and extraordinary musicality. Each member, coming from distinguished backgrounds in pop, rock, and jazz, brings something unique to the project: John Munson on string bass and vocals, a founding member of legendary and chart-topping bands Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic, brings melodious rock-steady chops plus distinctive slacks; Chan Poling, the leader of the seminal Twin Cities 80’s (and resurgent!) haute punk band The Suburbs is the crooner and rock-shouter, but surprises with his pianistic firepower; bespectacled Steve Roehm, the band’s secret geek weapon, climbs breathtaking jazzy heights on his vibraphone, which is like a xylophone, except way harder to play–just ask Steve.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“On its self-titled debut, jazz trio the New Standards takes pop and rock tunes, such “All the Young Dudes,” “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” and “The New Pollution,” then strips them down and juices them back up with vocals, piano, bass and totally cool vibes. It’s a bit quirky, but it works.” - THE NEW YORK POST
“…give these guys an award for being so super cool in their awesome versions of Lou Reed’s “Rock and roll”, The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Maps” and Outkast’s “Hey Ya”- Melodic.net (SWEDEN)
“the trio’s rock chops fuel unplugged and jazzy covers of songs by Elvis Costello, Britney Spears and the Clash.” - WNCY.org
“To call The New Standards a covers band is to do a disservice to the trio’s ambition and imagination. They add so much to the songs in their repertoire that you immediately forget these are songs made famous by other bands. … What impressed me most about the band’s performance was that they took ownership of each number.”
“The New Standards at Hotel Cafe was an exceedingly entertaining show and one of the more memorable I’ve seen all year. At night’s end the band literally had the audience asking for more. If nothing else, The New Standards should be commended for making a Britney Spears tune tolerable and breathing fresh life into songs I only thought I knew so well. Spending a night with these boys is wholly recommended.” - The Red Alert • Review of show at Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles