The New Standards are John Munson (of Trip Shakespeare and multi-platinum Semisonic) on bass, Chan Poling (founder of the seminal 80’s haute-punk-pop group The Suburbs) on piano, and Steve Roehm (Billygoat, Electropolis) on vibes. This unique minimalist trio was formed in 2005 by three friends and consummate performers with the idea of playing their favorite songs unplugged, but with the opportunity to enhance the inherent attributes of the tunes with as wide a range of interpretation as they saw fit: from the plainest rendition to an all out swinging nuttiness. With their natty suits and their unique jazz, rock, soul and pop chops, The New Standards tell each song’s story in singular style....
The New Standards are making waves... NPR
...unexpected and cool... This minimalist odd trio embarks on an intimately wrought travelogue of true standards and exquisitely rendered contemporary selections... AMPLIFIER MAGAZINE
The natty boys of the New Standards have made a practice of dressing up punk and pop classics... THE NEW YORK TIMES
All-in-all lovely ... warm and subtle... leaving the listener hoping for future New Standards explorations through the wide world of pop music... AMAZON.COM
...a surprisingly sweet blend in the hands of these accomplished local rock gods... we’re feeling the love for these guys. THE RAKE
One of the most fun bands out there now... MPLS. STAR TRIBUNE