Gold Standard's particular brand of funked-up Jazz groove rock may be new to festivals and clubs of the midwest, but any devotee of 1970s horn bands like Average White Band and Chicago will recognize the influences immediately. At least they'll think they do, until the song takes a hard left turn and plunges haphazardly through the depths of vintage prog-rock while guitar or sax take a blazing solo flight, pushing the band to ever greater heights of volume and intensity before arriving breathlessly, but safely, at the hooky sing-along chorus. After a scant two years together as a band, Gold Standard has crafted a slick, unique style that is as instantly recognizable as it is infectious, and their debut album 'Swap Meet' deftly captures the essence of their myriad talent and compresses it into a highly listenable, always changing musical experience.
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