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"Rising Magazine March 2012"

Page 29 - Rising Magazine


"Ultimate Ears Presents: Standing Shadows"

STANDING SHADOWS

Listen to the ONE BY ONE EP here

With the latest installment now available, Standing Shadows continues the release of an EP TRILOGY, stemming from recent recording sessions in Joshua Tree desert with producer Chris Goss (Queens Of The Stone Age, UNKLE, Duke Spirit, The Cult) at Rancho de la Luna studio with engineer Ethan Allen (Gram Rabbit, Daniel Lanois, Spindrift). The band sweated out 3 new songs in the ungodly desert heat that draw on the issues and emotions of a world that is ever more competitive, corrupt, and complicated. Songs like “Freakshow” and “Everything You Want” proclaim an injustice in the world, while the emotionally-epic song “Just a Part of Me” gives us a glimpse into the heart of the band, reminding us that what we do today “…could be everything.” Perhaps the most epic of this collection is “One By One”, which ignites fans to “break those chains…”, and features the likes of Dave Catching (QOTSA, Eagles Of Death Metal) on guitar. Each EP also includes a variety of b-sides produced by the band.

With over a hundred live shows in two years, including several tours spanning the Southwest, Northwest, and Midwest and two consecutive years attending SXSW, Standing Shadows continues to forge ahead in 2012. Starting in March the band will embark on a 10 date tour from Los Angeles to Austin for SXSW. Two new music videos are planned for release this Spring, and in addition, the band will release an Exclusive Featured Remix album with Beatport which will also be available in all major retail later this year. - UltimateEarsPresents.com


"Standing Shadows talk to Rabbits (An Interview)"

Posted by Ronnie on January 30th, 2012

Standing Shadows debuted the conclusion to their Trilogy of EPs here on Rabbits Black last week. One By One witnesses the band taking on new heights of musical exploration and sound experimentation with producer Chris Goss at the helm. We sat down with Standing Shadows and talked about the latest EP, what it was like to record at Rancho de la Luna, and what’s coming up for Standing Shadows as they push forward in 2012. Check out the interview here with guitarist Dan Silver, singer Dave Miltenberger and Mike Greco and Michale Ascolese.

Rabbits Black (RB): How did you approach the songs on One By One differently than the previous two EPs?

Standing Shadows (SS): We really wanted to do something special with all three. The lead songs came from our recording sessions with Chris Goss, so we decided to add different b-sides to each EP. “Freakshow EP” which came out Oct 2011 included four electronic remix B-sides – “Just A Part Of Me (Tales From The War Garden) EP”, released Nov 2011, included 5 acoustic B-sides which was amazing to put together because we got a chance to re-record some of the older released songs – and then “One By One EP” we decided we should record some brand new songs….we ended up with two new favs that we’re really proud of called “Everything You Want” and “Find My Way”…and saved the best “One By One” for last…it makes for a complete concept for this EP. The other thing we did differently was we ran an exclusive contest with FILTER Magazine to host…fans submit photos of their shadows to be on the album cover and a chance to win an iPad2. We had amazing submissions which ended up on the collection of photos you see on the One By One cover. The concept is epic…we all come together one by one, one shadow at a time, to create and make something much bigger!

RB: How did you decide to work with Chris? Were his other projects an influence in your work (QOTSA)?

SS: We spent some time searching for the right producer for this project. Eventually I found a manager who represented several producers that were on our top list! We submitted to five initially…they all were interested but most weren’t available for months…the one’s that were all had great feedback, but I connected immediately with Goss’ feedback. He loved our use of distortion on vocals, our production style, and most importantly really felt he would work well with the vocals. From there we had one conversation on the phone and knew he was the right guy. We became immediate friends and within a few months we got together for the first few days of pre-production. Chris Goss’ history also certainly helped in the decision. I’m a fan of everything he’s been a part of and was excited to work with someone who’s got similar ideas.

Dan Silver (DAN): I wouldn’t say his other project directly influenced us in a major way because we have a sound that Goss embraced, yet took to the next level. With that said, we’re all big fans of Queens Of The Stone Age…and also UNKLE!! They’re incredible bands and have tasty elements that probably snuck their way into our sessions. How ever you look at it, there’s something to be said for the ‘desert sound’ when you record in Joshua Tree. There’s a ‘sound’ and quality that just simply comes with being out there and inherently influences the sound…I’m sure there’s similar influence to Goss’ other projects in that way. We embraced it all!

RB: How was it recording at Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree in the dead heat of late June last summer?

SS: At first it was blazing hot…and even when you thought you were getting used to it, it was still damn hot. The house is swamp cooled, so we sweated a lot. We had an amazing experience recording with Chris and Ethan at Rancho. We spent hours working out tones with some of the best vintage gear you can find…Silvertone amps…vintage yamaha guitars….vintage mics…every sweet synth and keyboard you can imagine….tons of guitars and pedals…

- RabbitsBlack.com


"SXSW 2012: Meet, Shoot and Live Acoustic performances at Cedar Creek Studio"

Today we held a meet and shoot at Cedar Creek Recording Studio with a few select bands from around the U.S. and Austin. On site was videographer Brent Anthony to record footage of the day’s events and acoustic performances by The Yearbook Committee, Wild Child, Standing Shadows, Salesman, along with a first time collab with Standing Shadows and Zeale.

Written by Clayton Hodges | MUA/Hair Lecia Bates Harkins| Images by Fuzebox photography

With so many bands in Austin trying to stand out amongst the throngs of artists, Standing Shadows DOES. The L.A. based quartet brings smart lyrics, memorable riffs and a distinct blend of New Wave/Post Rock to the stage this week at SXSW. Standing Shadows have one of those infectious stage acts that actually engages the audience rather than having a bunch of musicians play at you. Do yourself a favor and catch the boys next door in the neighborhood of Placebo, Primal Scream and Muse. Stay tuned to Austin Fusion Magazine for footage of their acoustic performance and a collaboration with local hip hop rising star, ZEALE!

Standing Shadows ”One by One EP” Now on itunes
www.facebook.com/standingshadows

Wed. March 14th @12 am “Texas Rockfest @Blue Moon 422 E 6th
Thurs March 15th @ 11pm “Digin Invasion” @ Rusty’s 405 E. 7th
Fri. March 16th 630 pm One Coconut Water Music Showcase @ Whole Foods Rooftop 525 N Lamar Blvd
Sat. March 17th 1030pm “Sea Now Showcase” @ Brew Exchange 706 W. 6th

While the professionals edit the videos from yesterday we thought we would give you a sneak peek: Standing Shadows plays their song Silent Revolution Featuring Zeale
It was a last minute collaboration Zeale does this amazing freestyle.Check it out…
More with our other artists soon.
Video (shot by Fuzebox Photography) - Austin Fusion Magazine


"SXSW Overflow 2012: Day Two (A Stick and a Stone, Midday Veil, Standing Shadows, & The Depaysement)"

STANDING SHADOWS: Actually wrote these guys up last year, funnily enough, and I was surprised at how much I liked ‘em at the time. They’re still pretty impressive, in a murky, electronicized dance-rock vein — think Placebo, a darker, more dangerous-sounding Killers, or Muse minus the theatrics, and you’ll be close. This kind of thing is extremely hard to pull off, in my book, but Standing Shadows actually make it work. - Space City Rock


"Tim Plyles Picks"

"One of my favorite new discoveries is the band Standing Shadows. They just played the Soda Bar (I missed it) but return to San Diego to play the Casbah Feb. 23. A mix of rock and cool synths, they have a stadium sound but get down and dirty. For fans of UNKLE and Queens of the Stone Age.

Source: Pyles Picks February Shows | NBC San Diego " - NBC San Diego


"High Voltage 3 EP Review"

Standing Shadows
Freakshow | Just a Part of Me (Tales From the War) | One By One
Rating: 8/11
Somewhere between the outward and worldly conditions of human suffering and discontent let's assume that people still want to get their dance on amid their angst and confusion. And if that's the case, then Standing Shadows is your band.

The latter of 2011 saw Standing Shadows (David Miltenberger, Dan Silver, Mike Greco and Michael Ascolese) sequentially dropping little doses of their noise in the form of three distinct EPs (Freakshow, Just a Part of Me [Tales From the War Garden], and One By One) of varying degrees of progressive/alternative/electronica/indie rock/dance-something or other that takes its cues from no established music manual of "do this, not that," and it's safe to say that they are pointedly aiming higher than being your standard, run-of-the-mill reason to rock and shake your ass on the dance floor. Not that there's anything wrong with shaking one's ass on your dance floor of choice for the sole sake of doing so. Nothing wrong with it at all, but Standing Shadows aims to bring some revolutionary upheaval into the mix and the remixes, giving it the heft of a conscience.

As an EP trilogy, if you're looking for a running compositional or musical theme, stop because these are three wholly disparate bodies of work seemingly designed to tap into separate areas of the brain. Freakshow sounds appropriately titled and is the straight up ode to the art of the remix and that thing any club DJ will dig; twisted density of five tracks blown up to where they sound like strobe lights are included. Probably the most direct route to Standing Shadows is EP #3, One By One; three tracks and their most linear approach to the music in the bunch; no remixing or side steps involved, just edgy beat and synth-driven contemplations on being a member of a complex human race shaded with the downbeat and feel of post-punk. Sounds a little sad and gloomy but yeah... no; the result is an amalgamation of frenzy and cool if you can wrap your face around the thought of a lovechild of Interpol and Prodigy.

But where things take the most unique (if not unexpected) turn is on the six tracks of Just A Part Of Me; where One By One and Freakshow are bold, mad shouts - the remixes of the title track "Just A Part Of Me" are dialed down to almost a haze in comparison. If the thought of war (literal or figurative) is unsavory, "Just A Part Of Me" gives it gentle, even orchestral treatment because Standing Shadows take an almost lush and ethereal approach with strings, highly prominent piano, and MiltenbergerÕs longing vocals. "Fade Away Post-War Garden" leaves the most haunt in its wake and thatÕs a good thing. Well done for an alt-leaning, mashup, electronica, prog-rock whatever band.

- Trina Green - High Voltage Magazine


"Rabbits Black - Best New Bands of 2011"

Today we bring you installment #3 of our Rabbits Black “Best of 2011? Staff Picks: Best New Band of 2011! This has been a dynamic year in music and with social media providing more access to bands than ever we have seen a tremendous influx of talented new bands. In this category each RB staff member was forced to choose that one band that emerged onto the scene in 2011 that made the biggest impact on them…and has the brightest future! See our staff picks, and the new bands you need to know, after the jump!

Ryan: Standing Shadows

This is a difficult choice because there are so many great new bands out there right now. Standing Shadows started for me by sneaking a few songs from their new EP onto a few playlists, and then having to stop what I was doing everytime they came on because they were so damn good. Then of course they had to pass the real test: the live show. And they were absolutely dynamic at RB’s H4H concert. Great guys, great music, great show, and their newest EP is their best to date so they are still improving. This band is poised to make a huge jump into mainstream awareness, so see them soon and get in on the ground floor!


Anthony: Standing Shadows

I had the luxury of seeing this band in the most awesome little setting possible very recently. Their show presence, sound, and theme just fit with every Rabbitsblack personality. For those of you that have not heard their stuff and like to party…It’s a FREAKSHOW!! Check them out for sure.
- RabbitsBlack.com


"Download the new track from Standing Shadows – “Freakshow”"

It’s new band Monday here (I just made this up actually), and today we have LA based alt-rockers Standing Shadows. Recently the band took a trip out to the desert in Joshua Tree and surrounded themselves within the magic of Rancho de la Luna- the studio where Queens of the Stone Age has recorded a few of their amazing records. Working with producer Chris Goss, Standing Shadows recorded 3 new songs. You can download one of those songs, “Freakshow”, right here, right now.

Standing Shadows is developing a sound that vibrates with the synth and electro rock sounds of bands before them. Mix the sounds of San Francisco’s Every Move A Picture with early Shiny Toy Guns, and you start to get a sense of where they are going. These waters should be traversed carefully though, as the marquee names in this genre tend to become mockeries of themselves quite quickly. It’s usually the small bands in this genre that do it right, and working with Chris Goss is a huge step in the right direction. We’re hoping Standing Shadows can turn this music into a wildly entertaining live show. Standing Shadows will be touring in Los Angeles and San Francisco soon, so we’ll have more for you on them as the shows get closer. Download “Freakshow” below to get your first taste. - RabbitsBlack.com


"The Hodgepodge Collective Radio Show on KUCI FM"

Thanks again to Standing Shadows for calling in from the road. Literally. They were driving to a show in Tuscon when they checked in. I highly recommend you listening to their latest EP "Just A Part Of Me".

They'll be back in town later this week. Dec. 14th @ The Viper Room and Dec. 17th @ O'Briens. Should be good shows. Check them out, if you want to have a great time. - The Hodgepodge Collective - KUCI 88.9 FM IRVINE


"Rock band stands up for a cause"

"We all want to make a stand for something, but are hidden in the shadows without a voice. This is what unites us all."

These lyrics by Standing Shadows have taken on a life of their own - it's where the band got its name and its message of using music as a vehicle to change the world.

So when the band was given the opportunity to step out of the shadows and onto the stage at O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant in Santa Monica for a charity concert, the musicians jumped on board.

"We love being a part of anything that has to do with a cause and benefit," said Dan Silver, the guitarist for the indie electro-rock band. "Our whole motto has a lot to do with that. We hope to change the world and make it a better place, so we're always interested in being a part of this."

The group will share the stage with Electric Flower and Music for Airports from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. The Home for the Holidays event will benefit People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), with a $10 donation encouraged at the door and a portion of the bar sales going toward the organization.

The event was coordinated by Ronnie Exley, founder of Rabbits Black - an L.A.-based online music blog and community. "At Rabbits Black, we believe with good music and good people, we can make great and positive changes in our world," Exley said. "Music brings people together and our goal this holiday season was to bring people together to experience new music, and at the same time, help those in need," he said. "That is how this event came together. It's based in the basic principles of music - or at least we believe that." For every $1,000 raised through the event, one homeless family will be moved into a house for the winter. Exley says he hopes to raise enough money to help three to five families.

Having a message behind the music was a big draw for Michael Ascolese when he joined Standing Shadows as their drummer. Ascolese - who lived in Manhattan Beach for more than 10 years and now lives in Playa Vista - joined the band about two years ago. He describes their sound as unique, with their songwriting a cross between Radiohead, Muse and Arcade Fire.

The band has been on its Freakshow Tour around the West Coast, and Ascolese says he is inspired by its message of uniting people for common good. "It inspires me every time we play a show. The emotion in the show is part of that - you never forget that when you play," Ascolese said. "We are here to make a change and if playing a show and exciting people, making people happy and they get the message of the songs and the music - to affect anyone in that positive way - that's what motivates me to play," he said. "It doesn't matter if it's tens of thousands of people or just a few people in the room, my emotions playing with the band are always the same."

Ascolese says it will be an emotional performance Saturday, but also filled with energy and excitement. Band members are excited to play with their fellow musicians, especially Electric Flower, which is new to the live-music scene. And while they may not usually care how big the audience is, they hope this particular event is packed with people wanting make a stand with them. "We hope that people want to help the cause and help the homeless families, and hopefully we can create some great help for their holiday season," Ascolese said. "That's a big thing. We want an amazing performance and for everyone that's there to just have a great afternoon while helping the charity."

Stephanie Cary 310-540-5511, Ext. 6630 stephanie.cary@dailybreeze.com

Follow Stephanie Cary on Twitter at http://twitter.com/stephiecary

What: Charity concert featuring Electric Flower, Standing Shadows and Music for Airports. Proceeds go toward People Assisting the Homeless (PATH).

When: 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Where: O'Brien's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2941 Main St., Santa Monica.

Admission: A $10 donation is encouraged.

Information: RSVP is required for guaranteed admission, at http://rabbitsblack.com. For more information about the band Standing Shadows, go to http://standingshadows.com. - DailyBreeze.com


"H4H Preview: Get to know Standing Shadows"

Standing Shadows will be headlining Home For The Holidays this Saturday at O’Briens on Main St. in Santa Monica. This is your chance to get to know the band before their unique intimate performance. Find out what all the hype is about regarding this Los Angeles based indie-electro-rock band. You are in for a dancing good time of rock n’ roll melodies!

Standing Shadows pulls from influences across the board. Some parts Muse, some parts Radiohead and even a sense of Interpol and Shiny Toy Guns are all mixed together to bring a sound that is familiar, but altogether unique. Standing Shadows has been recording and playing in the Los Angeles scene for years now. They’ve produced a few vinyls, recordings and EPs. None have been more exciting though than the Freakshow EP. Recorded with local legend producer Chris Goss (Queens Of The Stone Age, UNKLE, Duke Spirit, The Cult) at the just-as legendary Rancho de la Luna studio in Joshua Tree, the 3 song EP is the start to something truly special with the band. Using all of the musical instruments, tools, and pots and pans available at the same studio where Queens of the Stone Age have been known to lay down tracks, the latest EP includes some of Standing Shadows best recordings to date. The title track from the EP, “Freakshow”, can be heard here in their latest music video:

A little recommendation, keep an ear out for “One By One” this Saturday- a standout track from the new EP which infuses Chris Goss’ touch with the uptempo sound of Standing Shadows. The lineup consist of David Miltenberger of vocals and guitar, Dan Silver on lead guitar, Mike Greco on bass, and Michael Ascolese on percussion and drums. The band has received rave reviews from the likes of Kevin Bronson and Buzzbands LA. They are slowing releasing the Freakshow EP and this Saturday is your chance to hear the songs before they catch on with everyone else. The band is finishing up a coast to coast US tour, and their set at Home For The Holidays is their FINAL performance of 2011. This is going to be unique, this is going to be special.

“Any opportunity that allows this band to perform for a great cause is what its all about for us. We are here to make a difference and excited to help homeless families with Rabbits Black this year!! A great event for a good cause, with some killer bands… Tough to not get excited for this one!“ – David, lead singer of Standing Shadows. - RabbitsBlack.com


"Standing Shadows: 5 October 2011 - Los Angeles"

Standing Shadows, a fast rising LA band, deliver a stellar show at the Roxy.

Standing Shadows, a fast rising LA band, deliver a stellar show at the Roxy. These talented musicians; David Miltenberg (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Dan Silver (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Mike Greco (bass, vocals) and Michael Ascolese (drums), are very adept at combining multiple elements of music into a cohesive, energetic and addictive sound. - Popmatters.com


"New Artist: Standing Shadows"

A good, new, heavy band, its been a while......Standing Shadows are:

David Miltenberger: Lead Vocals, Guitar
Dan Silver: Lead Guitar, Vocals
Mike Greco: Bass, Vocals
Michael Ascolese: Drums

They hail from LA and class themselves as an "alt-indie-electro" band. Here's a good quote.

"STANDING SHADOWS combine infectious guitar melodies and soundscapes, vintage synth tones and warbles, driving percussive beats, and the intimately emotional vocals...ranging from uber-chill heroin whispers, to heart-pumping, sweat-soaking screams." Yes! lets kick Muse where it hurts guys!

The good news is that the band are currently writing new material for a forthcoming album that is due out in 2011.

To learn more check their MySpace, enjoy 'One Way Ride'..... - One For The People


"Indaba Session Used to Source Remix EP for Standing Shadows"

Indie-electro rock band Standing Shadows came to Indaba to get remixes. They saw you, the talented community of musicians and set up shop in the form of an online session. Over a few weeks they collected remixes from producers around the world and after working with each person to get just the right sound, the band picked their favorites.

Now we’re happy to announce that Standing Shadows have released their remix EP “One Way Ride” which includes three Indaba members, Cliff Lin, Radical Academy and Jordan Deis. The remixers were given cash and royalties for their hard work. Jordan, the first place winner, also received a software from FXpansion.

Good luck to Standing Shadows and all the other Indaba members involved in this release! - Indablog


"Adnams Artist of the Month - January 2011"

Los Angeles based alt-indie-electro band STANDING SHADOWS combine infectious guitar melodies and soundscapes, vintage synth tones and warbles, driving percussive beats, and the intimately emotional vocals...ranging from uber-chill heroin whispers, to heart-pumping, sweat-soaking screams.

Official releases in 2010 include: full-length album "Five Years Of Darkness" and this track is from the upcoming "Remix" EP from their Indabamusic.com remix contest. The EP was very recently released on Analog Kid Records and, of course, through iTunes

The band has performed over sixty shows covering the Southwest in 2010, including several tours through Southern California, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Austin (SXSW).

This month's reviewer is ...

Peter Harding
Retail Accounts Manager

Prior to joining Adnams 15 years ago Peter was in another yeast oriented industry, bakeries.

Peter explains that not all accountants look in the same direction! Those he describes as "the history boys" look back to record and analyse performance.

His role at Adnams is more about looking to the future and predicting how markets and products might relate to one another.

Listen here
Peter accepts that his musical tastes relate, at least partly, to his youth when The Rolling Stones and Roy Orbison were favourites. More recently Greenday have won a place in his affections.
However, for Artist of the Month he selected Los Angeles-based alt-indie-electro band Standing Shadows and the remix by gDub of their track One Way Ride.
Next stop Ibiza! - Suffolk 'n' Cool


"MP3: Standing Shadows – “We Are Everlasting”"

I needed a good kick in the ass this morning to get the day going. To be honest, I actually enjoy waking up early because I tend to get more work done. The other day I got up at 4am to do some homework, and whaddyaknow by the time 7 rolled around, I had made a good dent in my assignments. I was dead tired by 12 noon and was therefore completely useless until I got a nap in there, but that’s not the point. The point is that Standing Shadows‘ latest track, “We Are Everlasting,” gave me the kick in the ass I needed this morning.

According to their blog, Standing Shadows music has been featured in television shows like the new 90210 (2 times), The Shield, Harper’s Island, and The Cleaner (2 times) which begs the questions:

“Has anyone ever watched the new 90210 show? Is it even still on?”

The band is based out of Los Angeles and the track “We Are Everlasting” carries a sound that demands to be played at high volume. Their music has been described as ranging from “uber-chill heroin whispers to heart-pumping, sweat-soaking screams,” which begs the question:

“Has anyone ever had uber-chill heroin whispers?”

I’m going to hit the books. Here are Standing Shadows‘ upcoming show dates. Make sure you check out “We Are Everlasting” below in the Dig-It section.

03.28.11 Detroit Bar Los Angeles, CA
04.22.11 The Ruby Room San Diego, CA - TheFrontLoader.com


"Standing Shadows Record Desert Sessions w/QOTSA Producer Chris Goss"

Los Angeles electro-rock band Standing Shadows just spent 2 weeks recording in Joshua Tree desert with producer Chris Goss (Queens of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Duke Spirit, UNKLE) at Dave Catching’s studio, Rancho de la Luna, along with engineer Ethan Allen (Gram Rabbit, Daniel Lanois, Spindrift). They have sweated out 3 amazing new songs in the ungodly desert heat to be released in October 2011. From glockenspiels and FunMachines, to keytars and pots and pans, the band played on every instrument and surface available while collaborating with everyone involved…Goss on kitchen cabnets and hand-claps….Dave Catching, while grilling lunch and dinner for everyone, also threw down some slick guitar licks on one of the new titles called “One By One.”

(Please note, these sessions are not the official Desert Sessions and Josh Homme was not involved at all)

TOUR DATES

7.14 Los Angeles, CA @ FAM Fest – Downtown LA Art Walk
7.20 Hollywood, CA @ Club Moscow
7.21 Los Angeles, CA @ Live on Moheak Radio, 5pm - The Audio Perv


"Standing Shadows – The Silent Revolution EP REVIEW"

One thing that cannot be said about this Los Angeles based band is a lack of staying busy. These guys not only performed over sixty shows in 2010 but also managed to release a full length album, “Five Years of Darkness” and an EP, “High Rise.”
2011 appears to be an equally busy and even more exciting year for them as they have released another EP, “The Silent Revolution” on March 1 and appear to be working on new material for a follow up album due out sometime in October.

The Silent Revolution is a hard hitting and highly melodic five songs. The first track, ‘Fire in You’ jumps right out at you with a solid guitar riff and engrossing vocals. The sound these guys lay out puts them on the edge of indie, alternative, and straight up rock and roll. They know how to bring the mood up and also how to drop it down with slightly slower yet emotionally poignant songs like the title track, ‘Silent Revolution.’ The track alone really shows off the vocal, guitars, and drum prowess of this band.

This EP is a solid mix of good alternative, prog, indie, and rock that is emotionally relevant and searingly rampant with readily accessible choruses.

I’m looking forward to what Standing Shadows has to offer in the future.

Rating: 4 / 5 - Fake Plastic Tunes


"PICTURE THIS: Standing Shadows @ Brick & Mortar, 8/31/11"

Opening the night at Brick and Mortar was LA-based alt-rock-electro band, Standing Shadow. I knew nothing of this group, but their video for “We Are Everlasting” got me hooked enough to roll into SF last minute.

An energetic foursome, the lead singer didn’t stand in one place long enough to leave a shadow. Their exuberance was in stark contrast to the mostly lackluster crowd. Peppered with fans who actually sang along, it was nevertheless the anti-mosh pit, but that didn’t detract from a band who put together a well-rehearsed show of electro-rock that was fun to hear and see. With a variety of sound-enhancing tools including a bullhorn, synth, and theremin, they didn’t rely on props but instead on a driving bass line, solid drumming, scorching licks, and lyrics worth listening to.

(write-up courtesy of Steff) - TheOwlMag.com


"Exclusive: Standing Shadows Premiere Video for "Freakshow""

Standing Shadows are, in all things, big. From their bombastic guitar riffs to their giant melodies, the Los Angeles based rock band has never done anything small. For their brand new video for the wild, intense "Freakshow," they don't deviate from their path of hugeness. The video finds them in a creepy, post-apocalyptic land where they're for some reason being targeted for destruction by some malevolent force (or something). Whoever, or whatever, is looking for them can't stop the rock, however, which is exactly the point that Standing Shadows wants to get across. - purevolume


"Standing Shadows – Freakshow"

Last up for this edition of New Music Monday is Standing Shadows with “Freakshow.” A hard and heavy blast to the midsection, “Freakshow” is a mix of modern rock and classic punk with an angry roar. Headbanger’s rejoice, because heads will be flying almost immediately after hearing the opening notes of this hard and heavy song. Check out Standing Shadows “Freakshow” below.
- The Rock and Roll Guru


"Standing Shadows – “Freakshow”"

I can not explain to you all about how awesome this week is, for me personally regarding music!! An unknown garage rock band has an EP out this week, so to say I’m stoked would be the biggest understatement than when someone said Al Bundy was a fan of Big ‘Uns. Anytime new rock and roll is released I become overpowered with electric joy that it’s not even funny. Of course, there are other releases, such as Feist, who I’ve had a hard time NOT typing her name right, and Mutemath, a band whose second single I first heard on the good ol’ radio. So enjoy this week’s article and discover new and bad ass music!

Yes, what I’ve been waiting for! Let’s just say social media can bring you things which you desire — in this case, it’s good old fashioned rock n’ roll. “Freakshow” is the first of three EP’s being released by the band (the next two coming in November and December, respectively) and all were produced by Chris Goss, who’s best known for his work in the Joshua Tree Desert music area, working with such bands as Queens of the Stone Age and the Eagles of Death Metal. This EP has one single, and it’s called ‘Freakshow.’ The rest of the songs are pretty good remixes. You can only get this through the internet, so for once I’m advising you all to go to iTunes to get this right now!!

So get out there and support the music scene! These people provide you with entertainment for your ears, why not provide them with your money? Same with record stores! - Freakin Awesome Network


"Mp3-pack: Standing Shadows, Annie Automatic, the Cold Chills"

Standing Shadows, “Freakshow” — The L.A. quartet of David Miltenberger, Dan Silver, Mike Green and Michael Ascolese has a new EP, and the title track bursts with searing riffage and artillery-fire percussion. They celebrate the release by play the Roxy tonight with Filligar. on guitar. - Buzzbands.la


"Interview with Standing Shadows - Is this TV? Or Real Life?"

Is this TV? Or Real Life?
- by Karla Hernández

The alternative-rock 4-piece Standing Shadows has been keeping busy with the release of an EP, full-length album and 7". With plans to release a remix EP in late November and another album next year, the band has also had the joy of hearing their music on TV shows like the new "90210" and "The Shield," in addition to a few video games.

How was your experience of writing, engineering and producing the new album yourself?
David Miltenberger: "Five Years of Darkness" was a record that took us about 5 years to complete, hence the name of the record. We initially started writing and recording the demos in Missouri (where I was currently living) and Los Angeles (where Dan was living). I was working in the oil industry with my family and I would drive a lot to see my customers. This allowed me to listen to our demos in the car, work on lyrics, vocal melodies and whatever else we could possibly add to make the song better. I was listening to a lot of Arcade Fire, Muse, Flaming Lips, and of course, Pink Floyd and Radiohead at that time and would try to make sure our album was as creative and interesting as theirs. Dan was doing the same thing out here in LA. Since he works in the music business, he has a great ear and a sense of how to make sure the song is creative, unique, and something people can hold on to.

Dan Silver: We recorded, engineered, and produced the record between my studio in Los Angeles and Dave’s studio in Missouri (at the time). Our process quickly became a ‘postal service’ style record and we had an amazing time putting the pieces together. I spent a lot of time pre-producing the demos with Dave, trying to get all the best ideas in place to eventually re-record the instruments properly. The first few years was all about flying back and forth every few months to create the songs.

David: Once I moved back to Los Angeles in 2009, we re-recorded almost all of the vocals, lots of the guitar parts, added two female background singers (from the band SONOS), and a cello player (Ken Oak). Dan found our drummer, got him to record all our drum parts and email them back to us. It's kind of crazy, but I still have not yet met that drummer in person! We sent him the songs, told him what to play and he rocked it within a week or so!

Dan: A friend of mine turned me on to a great drummer, Blair Sinta, who was absolutely incredible to work with in the process. We did the whole thing online through the power of the Internet, sending sessions back and forth until everything was solid.

David: Overall, this recording process was a great experience for us. Sure, it took a lot longer than we wanted, but we are really happy with the results. We focused in on how we wanted this record to sound, what instrumentations to use and how to keep the entire record creative and interesting. Everything on this record has a purpose. With that said, we are definitely not planning on taking another 5 years to release the next record! Haha, we plan on releasing an EP sometime in early 2011.

Dan: This is one of my favorite albums to produce, specially considering all the elements and the way we put this together. It was an unbelievable yet rewarding haul. Regardless if anyone realizes what went into this, we hope people fall in love with the final picture.

In celebration of your 7" release, you did a special set at Origami Vinyl with an expanded line-up of violin and cello. How did that go and is that something you'd like to experiment with more in the future for shows?
David: That show was amazing! We had an awesome cello player, Jeness Johnson, who had just come back from playing in Italy for a few years to join us! She was amazing, such a beautiful tone on that cello. I remember she came in to rehearse with us and we of course asked her to play a song. I think she played some Bach piece and our jaws just dropped. We could sit there for hours listening to that great instrument.
Yeah for sure we will be adding cello and violin to more of our shows! We hope the fans are as excited as we are to keep our shows unique and as different as possible! With so many great bands out here, we really have to keep our shows exciting, and different, so our fans get a new show every time they come and see us. With over 50 shows this past year, we are constantly working to make the shows bigger and better, and this means adding in more -- more synths, live cello and violin, beautiful and melodic female background singers, and more.

What parts of LA did you shoot the video for "Get it Together" and what was the inspiration behind the video?
Dan: We had several locations for the video shoot around Los Angeles. We shot the entire video in one day. We started in Hollywood and then went downtown to the Fashion District. We were hoping to find a place where there was a built in crowd and so we dove right in to the massive crowd at Santee Alley. We had a small film cre - The Deli - LA


"LA View: New Band to Catch – Standing Shadows"

Standing Shadows is ready to wake you from your typical indie slumber. They have played the famous Troubadour before, but this time the quartet enhanced their live show with a solid drum line, a live string section and a couple of backup singers. David Miltenberg (vox, guitar, the very tall bald guy who can sport a white suit), Dan Silver (guitar, keys, vox), Mike Greco (bass, vox) and Michael Ascolese (drums) have put together a band that stands out amongst the many many in this city of angels.

Having not seen them live before or knew anyone who had, I was hoping for the best and I wasn’t disappointed. They deliver sharp guitar hooks, tight drumming and emotional vocals that bring alternative rock back on your radar – if it had ever left.

Just alone in 2010, they’ve released a full-length album Five Years Of Darkness, Circus Freak 7? Vinyl, and High Rise EP. Their songs have been featured in 90210, Huge, The Shield, The Cleaner, Harper’s Island, Guitar Hero 5 In-game Trailers, and MOTO GP ’07 video game. - TheMusic.FM


"PICTURE THIS: Standing Shadows @ The Roxy Theatre, LA 10/5/11"

Filling a club midweek at 10:15 PM can be tough, but add a little rain and you’d think LA was bracing themselves for a hurricane. Not only was Standing Shadows able to comfortably fill The Roxy Theater, but the self described alt-rock-electro band pulled the audience in close to the stage as they ripped through their tight set. The night was not a Freak Show as the title track from their latest EP with the same name would suggest, but that’s not such a bad thing. The LA rain brings out enough freak shows without the help of Standing Shadows. - TheOwlMag.com


"Ears Wide Open: Standing Shadows"

Standing Shadows want to be a big rock band. It’s apparent from every outsized melody and synth-drenched soundscape on the L.A. quartet’s debut album “Five Years of Darkness,” released earlier this year, if not from their live show, which is heavy on smoke, strobes and in-your-face volume. The brainchild of David Miltenberger and Dan Silver, joined by Mike Greco and Michael Ascolese, Standing Shadows’ electro-rock toggles between Floydian edginess and the hyper-emotional bombast you might hear from the likes of Shiny Toy Guns (though never quite that preening). If they’re going for Muse, they’re headed in the right direction. - Buzzbands.la


"Press Release: "Featured Artist of the Week""

We’re going to give this one to you in pieces, ok? Electro. Obscura. Shoegazer. Rock. Toss some hyphens in between and we’re off to the races describing LA’s Standing Shadows, a band whose music defies categorization almost as much as it burrows its way into your brain and commands your toes to tap. Proof? We’re not the only one intoxicated by this alchemic rock potion. Maybe you’ve heard. The band’s music has been featured in episodes of 90210, The Cleaner, The Shield, and Harper’s Island. So with the music supes at CBS and FX succumbing, it’s no wonder the band’s songs have also landed in Guitar Hero 5, and their highly anticipated EP High Rise has been released to a wave of critical plaudits and commercial success.

Now, with the marketplace’s appetite whetted, Standing Shadows have finally unleashed a proper LP, Five Years of Darkness, a record inspired by the half-decade the band’s principle songwriters, Dan Silver and David Miltenberger, spent living hundreds of miles apart. Despite the distance, the pair created a confident statement that overflows with life, running the gamut from livewire Faint rave ups to angst-y Silversun Pickups grunge outs. Hear for yourself now, and if you’re anywhere near Vegas in early April, down some Roofies, make sure you don’t lose Doug and pray the blackout Gods smile upon you and deliver your soon-to-be-hungover ass to one of the band’s shows.

Also if you’re interested in testing your remix skills, Standing Shadows currently have a featured collaborative session for their song “One Way Ride” on Indaba Music here. - The Musebox


"Press Release: "As heard in Guitar Hero 5, we present Standing Shadows!""

From the streets of Los Angeles come the powerful, energetic, and driving sounds of Standing Shadows. With the release of the EP, High Rise on January 5th the combination of longtime friends David Miltenberger (lead vocals, guitar) and Dan Silver (lead guitar, vocals) have hit the sonic jackpot.

Having already earned placements in television shows such as the new 90210, The Cleaner, and The Shield, among others, Standing Shadows is taking your television screen by storm. The band is also featured in the in-game trailers of Guitar Hero 5, backing the interviews with Matt Bellamy (Muse) and Shirley Manson (Garbage).

Over five years in the making, Standing Shadows is the product of the long distance collaboration of Miltenberger and Silver. The group could be defined as electro-obscura-shoegazer-rock, while conjuring audio reminders of groups like Silversun Pickups and My Bloody Valentine. The EP is a precursor to the band’s full-length album, “Five Years of Darkness,” set to be released on March 9th.

The EP is available on iTunes
- The Musebox


"Artist Spotlight: Standing Shadows"

LA-based band Standing Shadows is set to host a 7” Vinyl Release Party at the renowned Origami Vinyl Record Shop in Echo Park, CA. The party will celebrate the release of a special edition 7” vinyl, which will feature tracks from the band’s debut full-length album ‘FIVE YEARS OF DARKNESS’. The event will take place on July 23rd, amidst of a series of tour dates that the band will be playing this July and August throughout California. Most recently, Standing Shadows performed for packed audience at one of San Francisco’s premiere music venues, Rockit Room.

Standing Shadows first introduced music listeners to their signature “electro-obscura-shoegazer-rock” sound with the January release of their ‘High Rise’ EP as well the March unveiling of ‘FIVE YEARS OF DARKNESS’. Since then, the band gained further exposure through touring the Southwest region of the US, and having their songs featured on hit television shows such as ‘90210’, ‘The Shield’, ‘Harper’s Island’, and ‘The Cleaner’, and on the popular video game ‘Guitar Hero 5.’ Standing Shadows is definitely a band to keep on your radar this summer as they continue to rise to the top. - Cigna Sight and Sound


"JR Music Revue"

LA-based Standing Shadows and their High Rise EP, which received rave reviews and features all across the Internet. Now, the band has finally released its debut full-length album “Five Years of Darkness,” and is set to embark on a full California tour through April, May, and June in its support. Electro-Obscura Rock at its core, “Five Years of Darkness” carefully blends 21st century texture with driving guitars, soaring vocals, and even female gospel singers. - Motor City Blog


"Standing Shadows To Host 7" Vinyl Release Party at Renowned Origami Vinyl Record Shop July 23rd!"

LA-based band Standing Shadows is set to host a 7” Vinyl Release Party at the renowned Origami Vinyl Record Shop in Echo Park, CA. The party will celebrate the release of a special edition 7” vinyl, which will feature tracks from the band’s debut full-length album FIVE YEARS OF DARKNESS. The event will take place on July 23rd, amidst of a series of tour dates that the band will be playing this July and August throughout California. Most recently, Standing Shadows performed for packed audience at one of San Francisco’s premiere music venues, Rockit Room.

Standing Shadows first introduced music listeners to their signature “electro-obscura-shoegazer-rock” sound with the January release of their High Rise EP as well the March unveiling of FIVE YEARS OF DARKNESS. Since then, the band gained further exposure through touring the Southwest region of the US, and having their songs featured on hit television shows such as 90210, The Shield, Harper’s Island, and The Cleaner, and on the popular video game Guitar Hero 5. Standing Shadows is definitely a band to keep on your radar this summer as they continue to rise to the top. - Eat Sleep Breathe Music


"Artist Profile - Dan Silver"

Dan Silver is a Music Producer known as Silver Sessions. His new band Standing Shadows has become a major focus in his musical career in the past year. On March 9th, 2010, Standing Shadows released their debut album “Five Years Of Darkness” to the world. The band is also excited to announce a new video for “Get Together,” a track from their recently released “High Rise” EP and debut album. In April the band will be releasing special edition 7” vinyl, complete with three tracks from the full-length, “Circus Freak,” “Desert Rain,” and “Coming Home.”

Standing Shadows News March 2010:

Standing Shadows release their anticipated debut album "Five Years of Darkness". The album was created over the course of five years by Dan Silver and David Miltenberger and in alternate states due to David living in Missouri and Dan in Los Angeles... the album incorporates an array of musical genres including alternative, indie, electronica and progressive.

Standing Shadows chose "One Way Ride" to use in collaboration with musicians from around the world. Remixers were able to download the stems of the song to create their own masterpiece. THE WINNERS ARE IN!!! The 1st prize winner was Jordan Deis, from New Orleans, who created the "One Way Ride - Graveyard Goldmine Remix" and received a free copy of DCAM: Synth Squad. The top four remixes will be considered as b-sides on Standing Shadows upcoming release, "One Way Ride" Remix EP. You can listen to all four remixes in the player below. - FXpansion


"As heard in Guitar Hero 5, we Present STANDING SHADOWS!"

From the streets of Los Angeles comes the powerful, energetic, and driving sounds of Standing Shadows, and with the release of the EP, High Rise on January 5th the combination of longtime friends David Miltenberger (lead vocals, guitar) and Dan Silver (lead guitar, vocals) have hit the sonic jackpot.

Having already earned placements in television shows such as the new 90210, The Cleaner, and The Shield, among others, Standing Shadows is taking your television screen by storm. The band is also featured in the in-game trailers of Guitar Hero 5, backing the interviews with Matt Bellamy (Muse) and Shirley Manson (Garbage).

Over five years in the making, Standing Shadows is the product of the long distance collaboration of Miltenberger and Silver. The group could be defined as electro-obscura-shoegazer-rock, while conjuring audio reminders of groups like Silversun Pickups and My Bloody Valentine. The EP is a precursor to the band’s full-length album, “Five Years of Darkness,” set to be released on March 9th.

The EP is available on iTunes - Hot Indie News


"Standing Shadows Release New EP "High Rise""

Standing Shadows, the indie rock band from Los Angeles, released their EP “High Rise“ on Tuesday (January 5th), and is available now on iTunes.

The EP is a precursor to the band’s full length album, “Five Years of Darkness,” set to be released on March 9, 2010. Standing Shadows has recently shot to the top, earning placements in shows such as 90210, The Cleaner, and The Shield. Perhaps the most impressive, however, is the bands placement in the popular video game, Guitar Hero 5.

The band consists of longtime friends, David Miltenberger (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Dan Silver (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Mike Greco (Bass/Vocals), and Michael Ascolese (Drums). The powerful and energetic sound is reminiscent of groups like the Silversun Pickups and My Bloody Valentine. This group can’t be confined to comparisons, however. Their unique sound can be described as electo-obscura-shoegazer-rock, which is most likely the reason they’ve been so successful in getting the placements in television and video games. They bring a unique new sound to the scene that adapts to any medium, and when March rolls around, they shouldn’t be living in the five years of darkness any longer. - The Silver Tongue


"Standing Shadows Homecoming"

On the heels of their debut digital release, "High Rise," Standing Shadows will be playing at The Good Hurt, Thursday, January 21. Their recent EP is a precursor to the band's full-length album, "Five Years of Darkness," set to be released on March 9th.

Having already earned placements in television shows such as the new 90210, The Cleaner, and The Shield, among others, Standing Shadows is taking your television screen by storm. The band is also featured in the in-game trailers of Guitar Hero 5, backing the interviews with Matt Bellamy (Muse) and Shirley Manson (Garbage).

Over five years in the making, Standing Shadows is the product of the long distance collaboration of David Miltenberger (lead vocals, guitar) and Dan Silver (lead guitar, vocals). The group could be defined as electro-obscura-shoegazer-rock, while conjuring audio reminders of groups like Silversun Pickups and My Bloody Valentine. - Antimusic.com


"2010FM - January Magazine Two"

OK it's my warped English sense of humour but the promo that introduced Standing Shadow to me has to be read in the a deep growling movie promotion voice over style, see if you get what I mean or should I up my medication?

From the streets of Los Angeles comes the powerful, energetic, and driving sounds of Standing Shadows, and with the release of the EP, High Rise on January 5th the combination of longtime friends David Miltenberger (lead vocals, guitar) and Dan Silver (lead guitar, vocals) have hit the sonic jackpot.

Having already earned placements in television shows such as the new 90210, The Cleaner, and The Shield, among others, Standing Shadows is taking your television screen by storm. The band is also featured in the in-game trailers of Guitar Hero 5, backing the interviews with Matt Bellamy (Muse) and Shirley Manson (Garbage).

Over five years in the making, Standing Shadows is the product of the long distance collaboration of Miltenberger and Silver. The group could be defined as electro-obscura-shoegazer-rock, while conjuring audio reminders of groups like Silversun Pickups and My Bloody Valentine. The EP is a precursor to the band’s full-length album, “Five Years of Darkness,” set to be released on March 9th.

Anyhow excusing my strange imagination for a moment the good news is that this band sound just great, and I will add them to my January list of bands to watch out for in 2010. - Beehive Candy


"L.A. band Standing Shadows go from TV to EP"

Progressive, alternative, indie, electro-obscura-rock may sound like a complicated genre of music, but the Standing Shadows’ songs have gained familiarity with a wide enough audience to be featured on television shows such as “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “The Cleaner” and “Harper’s Island.”

Standing Shadows’ genre-intertwining sound comes from using influences from not just one or two of their favorite bands, but practically all of them.

Rather than coming across as a discontinuous mash-up, the result is a smooth mix of Brit-pop and alternative rock.

“Everything in every song has a purpose and a place. We don’t throw something in a song just to have it there. It’s there doing its job and fitting in perfectly,” said Mike Greco, bass guitarist of the Standing Shadows.

Besides having a U.K.-hip sound, the band adds definition to its music through the use of technology and different effects.

“It’s young, it’s fun, it’s energetic, it’s exciting, and even the mellow songs have energy,” said Dan Silver, lead guitarist of the band. “Production-wise, they have a lot of color, a lot of unique tone. We’re kind of tone freaks. We like to tweak until it sounds as beautiful as it possibly can.”

Though not an intentional goal of the band per se, television has allowed it to reach a wider audience.

Though they hope a combination of media and live shows will be the best way to reach and relate to the audience, the Standing Shadows have discovered that television helps them reach out to younger audiences who don’t listen to the radio as often as older generations.

“As we started getting (television) placements, we didn’t know what to expect,” Silver said. “When it comes to the people in that part of the industry who are choosing music, they have to go with ... what they think is going to work for the show, that’s going to capture their audiences. So it’s really hard to say why, but I think we’ve obviously hit something that hits a common likeness across people who watch the shows that we’re in.”

The band’s music has also been used as background music for interviews with Matt Bellamy of Muse and Shirley Manson of Garbage in “Guitar Hero 5.”

Silver said he believes the music fits well with the game because of the common influences the Standing Shadows share with Muse and Garbage.

Like “Guitar Hero” itself, the Standing Shadows’ music resonates powerfully with a college audience, though people of all ages are likely to find meaning with their songs.

“It’s fun music. ... It fits all types of people. It reaches out to everybody – it’s not just focused. (Silver and vocalist David Miltenberger) did a great job with making it work with anybody,” said Michael Ascolese, the band’s drummer.

“We’re more content with spreading the music, spreading the love than worrying about who can afford to make it in the door. We want to make sure people have a chance to come see us and have a great time and party down,” Silver said.

Just because they’re hoping to interact with a lot of people doesn’t mean the Standing Shadows write solely to please the crowd.

“You need to make sure you write from yourself. It’s got to come from within you. If you specifically try to write for some certain audience, you could fail,” Miltenberger said. “You’ve got to write what you love, what makes you feel good – the music that you would like to listen to.”
- The Daily Bruin


"Standing Shadows Announce New Shows"

The LA-based group, Standing Shadows, is proud to announce a number of new shows to accompany the release of their upcoming debut album ‘Five Years of Darkness’. During the beginning of April, Standing Shadows will be playing three newly scheduled shows in Las Vegas – one of these shows will be a special in-store performance with fellow MuseBox bands A Shoreline Dream and The Morakestra at the Las Vegas Zia Records store.

On top of the upcoming album and newly scheduled tour dates, the band is pleased to announce the pressing of a special edition 7” vinyl, featuring three tracks from ‘Five Years of Darkness’, to be released shortly after the album. The band is also about to launch a fun remix contest on Indaba Music, where members will be invited to remix the band’s new song “One Way Ride.”

Standing Shadows have recently been featured on everything from 90210 and The Shield to the Guitar Hero 5 trailer, and are quickly becoming one of the serious ‘not-to-miss’ bands of 2010. - Pop Culture Madness


"Meet Standing Shadows"

Standing Shadows is a Los Angeles based band that is on the verge of making a huge splash in the indie music scene. This fierce foursome recently released their debut album Five Years of Darkness and are currently touring out West making stops in Arizona, California, and Nevada. Take one listen to songs like “Get Together” and “High Rise” though and you’ll be demanding they pay your city a visit so you can experience their onstage collaboration of a variety of sounds first hand.

The band was formed by Dan Silver and David Miltenberger who spent the first decade of their friendship songwriting more than 100 miles away from each other. The two finally came together and took their ideas to the studio with bass player Mike Greco and drummer Michael Ascolese by their sides. The distinctive beat and alluring vocals of Standing Shadows have already been featured on hit TV shows like 90210 and The Shield. Critics have compared the group’s onstage angst to indie breakout groups like Silversun Pickups and My Bloody Valentine.

The new album, which was released March 9, 2010, is a creative blend of alternative, electronica, and progressive sounds, incorporating gospel singers with heavy hitting guitar playing. Seeing as they are a band that seemingly defies categorization, Standing Shadows is also a group that is sure to cement their spot in the rock music scene, or at least my ipod, for quite some time. - Green Shoelace


"Origami Vinyl // Weekly Top 10 Records"

Origami Vinyl // Weekly Top 10 Records

1. Summer Darling “S/T”
2. Spiritualized “Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space” (Reissue)
3. LCD Soundsystem “This Is Happening”
4. Slow Animal “The Fun Sun” 7?
5. Active Child “Curtis Lane” 10?
6. Standing Shadows “Circus Freak” 7?
7. Alpine Decline “S/T”
8. M.I.A. “MAYA”
9. Gestapo Khazi / Tijuana Panthers “Split” 7?
10. Geneva Jacuzzi “Lamaze” - Rollo & Grady


"Review Rundown: Standing Shadows"

Review Rundown: Standing Shadows
File Under: Textural, Dark Indie

Standing Shadows – “Five Years of Darkness” (Riptide): Dark, effectual indie that is unafraid to test the waters of progressive rock, not unlike a band like Muse, though on a substantially lesser scale, while taking the time to along the way to sprinkle in ambient touches of electro-pop, alt-rock and obscura. There’s a good chance “Five Years of Darkness” isn’t the first time you’re hearing these guys either. The bands music has been scattered across some of the most popular TV shows of recent memory, including the new 90210, the Shield and Harpers Island. The band also provided the soundtrack to in-game trailers for ‘Guitar Hero 5.’ With “Five Years of Darkness,” an album aptly named for the time put into making it become a reality, Standing Shadows have created such a rich and contextual sound, embellished with sincere amount of passion and emotion that it’s hard to ignore once you begin listening. The fact that the band, namely Dan Silver and David Miltenberger, put so much of themselves into this record shines through brightly. Most everything about this record is both honest and beautiful – the instrumentations, vocals, structures, etc. Take the time to find out for yourself. (www.myspace.com/standingshadows)
Grade: A
Go Download: ‘One Way Ride’ - get eXposed


"Standing Shadows "Five Years of Darkness" Makes For One Hot Record"

STANDING SHADOWS is an alternative-indie-electro band residing in Echo Park, CA. On Wed May 19th at the Troubadour, STANDING SHADOWS rocked the stage at their OFFICIAL CD RELEASE PARTY for the debut full-length album "Five Years Of Darkness."

Standing Shadows' debut record "Five Years of Darkness" beautifully meshes 21st century texture with driving guitars, soaring vocals, and female gospel singers. In support of the release, this foursome has been touring across the southwest United States with performances at Beauty Bar Las Vegas, SXSW Festival in Austin, Viper Room, and many more.

Bloggers from around the world have compared the sound of Standing Shadows to artists like Silversun Pickups, Interpol, and Muse. www.myspace.com/standingshadows

" The entire band seems at ease on stage. These fellows definitely have great taste in guitars, sporting a Telecaster on the lead singer and a Fender Jaguar on Dan Silver. "Get Together" has an amazing Pixies style intro that was my favorite of the set; and the bass has a twinge of Fleetwood Mac to it yet somehow it works. This band has a lot to offer." - A Chad Zachary Review - LA.COM


"Standing Shadows To Host 7’’ Vinyl Release Party At Renowned Origami Record Shop"

LA-based band Standing Shadows is set to host a 7” Vinyl Release Partyat the renowned Origami Vinyl Record Shop in Echo Park, CA. The party will celebrate the release of a special edition 7” vinyl, which will feature tracks from the band’s debut full-length album ‘FIVE YEARS OF DARKNESS’. The event will take place on July 23rd, amidst of a series of tour dates that the band will be playing this July and August throughout California. Most recently, Standing Shadows performed for packed audience at one of San Francisco’s premiere music venues, Rockit Room.
Standing Shadows first introduced music listeners to their signature “electro-obscura-shoegazer-rock” sound with the January release of their ‘High Rise’ EP as well the March unveiling of ‘FIVE YEARS OF DARKNESS’. Since then, the band gained further exposure through touring the Southwest region of the US, and having their songs featured on hit television shows such as ‘90210’, ‘The Shield’, ‘Harper’s Island’, and ‘The Cleaner’, and on the popular video game ‘Guitar Hero 5.’ Standing Shadows is definitely a band to keep on your radar this summer as they continue to rise to the top.

STANDING SHADOWS Tour Dates:
July 3 – San Francisco, CA @ Mevio Music
July 3 – San Francisco, CA @ Rockit Room
July 13 – Fullerton, CA @ Continental Room
July 23 – Echo Park, CA @ Origami Vinyl Record Shop (7’’ Vinyl Release Party)
August 17 – Costa Mesa, CA @ La Cave
August 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Molly Malone’s

Standing Shadows
‘FIVE YEARS OF DARKNESS’ (Album)
Release Date: March 9th

Full Track listing
1. High Rise
2. Circus Freak
3. Get Together
4. One Way Ride
5. Human Race
6. If I Could Change The World
7. Be Free
8. I Will Find You
9. Coming Home
10. Desert Rain
11. Nightmares
12. Existence
13. Fade Away

Resources:

* http://www.myspace.com/standingshadows
* http://www.facebook.com/pages/Standing-Shadows/95901214445 - ALTsounds


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http://standingshadows.com With “REMIXED // EXCLUSIVE” and the "One By One EP" now available, Standing Shadows continue to release B-sides from their recording sessions in Joshua Tree desert with producer Chris Goss (Queens Of The Stone Age, UNKLE, Duke Spirit, The Cult) at Rancho de la Luna studio with engineer Ethan Allen (Gram Rabbit, Daniel Lanois, Spindrift). Preview the entire Trilogy and experience songs that lean on the issues and emotions from a world that is ever more competitive, corrupt, and complicated. Songs like "Freakshow" & "Everything You Want" proclaim an injustice in the world, while the emotionally-epic song "Just a Part of Me" gives us a glimpse into the heart of the band, reminding us that what we do today “...could be everything.” Perhaps the most epic of this collection is "One By One", which ignites fans to "break those chains...", and features the likes of Dave Catching (QOTSA, Eagles Of Death Metal) on guitar. Following a quick filming with renowned "Look Sessions," Standing Shadows hit SXSW 2012 for their third year in a row, opening for nationally touring acts such as Nico Vega, Semi Precious Weapons, Imagine Dragons, Silent Comedy, and more. While in Austin, Austin Fusion Magazine invited the band to Cedar Creek Studios for an interview, photoshoot, and filmed acoustic session. Spending two days performing with the Quantum Collective on the rooftop of Whole Foods' HQ, the chains largest store in the US, Standing Shadows was quickly embraced by the Whole Foods staff, becoming the "favorite band" of the weekend -- newly minted Whole Foods darlings. Coming out of a lost bet, Standing Shadows performed (and filmed) a quick jam based around The Whole Planet Foundation - release TBD. To see all their SXSW adventures visit: http://bit.ly/SSSXSW2012adventure "Standing Shadows want to be a big rock band. It’s apparent from every outsized melody and synth-drenched soundscape on the L.A. quartet’s... live show, which is heavy on smoke, strobes and in-your-face volume. Standing Shadows’ electro-rock toggles between Floydian edginess and the hyper-emotional bombast you might hear from the likes of Shiny Toy Guns (though never quite that preening). If they’re going for Muse, they’re headed in the right direction." - Buzzbands.la "What a stunner! Standing Shadows are an alt-rock-electro band who bring a better canvas than Picasso. Their best remix (arguably) comes from Grammar- an independent gem on the rise, and the combo couldn’t get any better. It’s electronic, dreamy, and definitely danceable." -AerialNoise.com LIVE SHOW: With over 100 shows since their inception nearly 2 years ago, Standing Shadows continue to develop and perfect their ever evolving live performance. With smoke machines, strobe lights, live projection video manipulation, and the intensity of a stadium show, Standing Shadows leads the crowd on a musical-visual epic journey with every performance. In addition to the usual guitar / bass / and drums instrumentation, Standing Shadows use a variety of samplers, synths, vocals effects, and theremin to create a unique live performance that is electrifying, stunning, and crowd-rallying. BAND INFLUENCES: Muse, Arcade Fire, Interpol, Radiohead, Spiritualized, Pink Floyd, Beatles, Beach Boys, Flaming Lips, Arctic Monkeys, UNKLE, Air, Animal Collective, The National, Sigur Ros, and many more... 2012 NEWS & UPDATES: -recorded 3 songs with legendary Producer Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age, UNKLE, The Cult, The Duke Spirit) -"Freakshow" single charted on the 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' FM Specialty Radio Chart 3 consecutive weeks! Topped at #12, beating out REM, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Feist. -"Freakshow" EP (Oct 2011) debuted on the iTunes Rock 'New and Noteworthy' section for 2 weeks -"We Are Everlasting" music video got featured by VEVO, and has since earned over 200,000 views! -4 of our songs aired on the hit TV show "90210" on The CW Network (Oct, Nov 2011) -"Just A Part Of Me" is part of the 'High Voltage Magazine: Compilation Album', which benefits the George Harrison fund for UNICEF. Other bands on this compilation include: Bleu, The Silent Comedy, Hurricane Bells ft Blue October, Viva City, Imagine Dragons, ACIDIC, and Oh No Not Stereo. -"The Silent Revolution" EP (March 2011) debuted on the iTunes Alternative 'New and Noteworthy' section for 2 weeks -garnered airplay at over 110 College Radio Stations, including several official CMJ adds. More national and specialty radio stations are adding Standing Shadows new releases daily. -headlined shows all over the Southwest, including: Troubadour, Satellite, Viper, and Roxy (LA), Soda Bar, Ruby Room (San Diego), Beauty Bar (Las Vegas), Martini Ranch, Rogue Bar (Scottsdale), Cafe Du Nord, Rock-It Room (San Fran), and more. -Performed with many great acts, including: The Parlotones, Scattered Trees, Rooney,