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I have really loved this band since their début single. They're the most natural sounding indie outfit in the UK to my mind. It's a scene I always imagine I'm tiring of, having followed it passionately since 1987 - there's so many people in bands peddling dreary third-rate derivative shit that I feel a bit jaded - but all it takes is to amp up a record by this Sheffield three piece and everything you ever adored about all that dinky rattly euphoric guitar pop that Uncle John used to play is here in spades. There's one elder stateswoman who seems to be carrying the lantern for the style that I always especially liked and it's Emma Pollock from the Delgados and I can feel her spirit in many of these heartfelt spirited songs. But Standard Fare also posses a special distinctive Northern English sound; spare and melodic; propulsive and airy; intimate and joyous, that recalls over 25 years of classic indie pop, a homely and sensual way with a song that almost brings a tear to my eye. I heard a comment through the wall in the office that they were doing "nothing new" but the whole point of this is that bands such as Standard Fare are there precisely to fill the gap when previous practitioners of a this timeless genre have gone to seed or let egos get in the way. With fresh, breezy songs peppered with little plumes of brass and a such breathless air-punching positivity and earthy contemplation, you're left with the feeling that maybe the idiots aren't winning after all.
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