This month we’re rocking out with a new theme called ‘Rock On’ and a ‘Battle of the Fans’ video contest. We’ve invited 11 Sonicbids bands to have their music included in our ‘Rock On’ theme and battle it out for the opportunity to play at SXSW. In this series of blog posts we meet the bands. Click here for more profiles.

the spring standardsJames Cleare, Heather Robb, and James Smith of The Spring Standards first started playing together as teenagers growing up along the border of Deleware and Pennsylvania. Heather tells us, “We were drawn together by a shared love of music that was definitely ‘not cool’ for high schoolers to listen to (i.e. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, James Taylor, The Mamas and The Papas), but it was our inspiration.”

Heather tells us, “We played together until we graduated, then went our separate ways for college. We randomly reconnected in New York years later and found that the connection was still there and thus The Spring Standards was born!” In addition to the bands they listened to back in their teenage days, the band also draws inspiration from modern groups ranging from Fleet Foxes and The Low Anthem to The White Stripes and Spoon.

You can find their song “Nightmare” in our ‘Rock On’ editing style. Heather tells us, “‘Nightmare’ is a song about what the sleeping mind is capable of telling the waking mind. It’s a song about escape.” Check out the full song below and find out more about The Spring Standards on their website and Facebook.