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American Standard interview 

American Standard
Submitted by Kaj Roth on 2008-03-19
In this age when we are witnessing the collapse of the record business as we once knew it, new bands keep coming that are living by the motto of "You cant keep a good band down" - its time for the rock band American Standard to put a needle in the pompous air castle balloon of American Idol.
Lead singer Brad Sinsel (formerly of TKO and War Babies), lead guitarist Brynn Arens (formerly of cult band Flipp), bassist Evan Sheely (formerly of 80´s metal band Q5) and drummer Michael Alex are currently working on their debut album as American Standard.
The coolest rock star in the business, Brynn Arens is always good to melodic.net and shared his thoughts on this promising band.
Hi Brynn, good to talk to you again, its been a while since last time but I reckon you..ve been busy with your new band American Standard?
Brynn Arens: YEAH I HAVE, AND WHAT A PLEASURE TO BE WORKING WITH BRAD SINSEL WHO IS ONE OF THE BEST SINNERS I MEAN SINGERS TO EVER GRACE THE PLANET. THAT AND MY FAMILY, I HAVE 3 KIDS AND MY WIFE OF 23 YEARS SUSAN. THE KIDS ARE, TANNER, DAISY AND FELIX WHOM I SHOULD HAVE NAMED KARMA.

I am familiar with a couple of the members, Brad Sinsel (lead singer of TKO) and Evan Sheely (bassist of 80..s metal band Q5) but can you tell me a little bit more about your drummer Michael Alex?
Brynn Arens: MICHAEL I MET THRU BRAD, HE WAS IN TKO FOR A STINT. HE IS A FULL TIME WORKING DRUMMER WHO HAILS FROM SEATTLE AS WELL. HES A PURE HEART WITH A GREAT BEAT.

I listened to the songs on your myspace page www.myspace.com/americanstandard06 and its definitely more rootsy 70..s rock compared to your previous band Flipp
Brynn Arens: WELL THE CATS OUTTA THE BAG, I AM ABOUT TO BE 47 YEARS OLD AND EVEN I CAN DO THE MATH. AS PROUD AS I AM TO HAVE HAD THE SUCESS WITH FLIPP AND TO HAVE DONE SO MANY GREAT SHOWS AND RECORDS I AM ACTUALLY MUSICALLY CLOSER TO AMERICAN STANDARD.
THE FIRST FLIPP STUFF LIKE OUR COVER OF MY GENERATION, UNREAL, ETC.ETC. IS NOT THAT FAR REMOVED FROM AMERICAN STANDARD AT ALL. BUT I MUST ADMIT THE SINGING IN AMERICAN STANDARD IS OH SO MUCH BETTER.

You just play guitar in AS and handed over the mic to Brad, do you miss singing lead?
Brynn Arens: I DO NOT MISS SINGING LEAD AT ALL, I HAD NEVER EVEN AS MUCH AS SANG BACK UP VOCALS BEFORE FLIPP. IT WAS HAPPENSTANCE. (IS THAT A REAL WORD ?) GUITAR AND SONGWRITTING ARE MY LIFES BLOOD, AND I FEEL MY GUITAR PLAYING HAS COME LEAPS AND BOUNDS SENCE FLIPP HAS STOPPED TOURING AND RECORDING. I REALLY DO LOVE IT.

Brad has a unique voice, its very deep and feels handmade for rocknroll, how is it to play with him?
Brynn Arens: I FIRST SAW BRAD IN 1979 AS AN OPENING ACT FOR ANGEL IN MINNEAPOLIS. I WENT OUT AND BOUGHT THE FIRST TKO RECORD LET IT ROLL THE NEXT DAY AND HE HAS BEEN ONE OF MY FAVORITE SINGERS TO THE PRESENT DAY.
ITS FUNNY HOW WE MET. I WAS LIVING IN NEW YORK AT THE TIME AND BEING MANAGED BY DAVID KREBS AND WAS BEING ASKED IF I HAD ANY INTREST IN BEING A POTENTIAL GUITAR PLAYER IN MEGA BAND HE MANAGED, WHEN DAVID RECIVED A PHONE CALL AND SAID HELLO MR. SINSEL MY POET IN SEATTLE AND I SAID TO DAVID, IS THAT BRAD SINSEL AS IN TKO BRAD SINSEL ?.
HE SAID YEP AND I SAID SCREW THE OTHER BAND I WANNA WORK WITH BRAD, SO I GOT HIS NUMBER AND CALLED HIM THAT NIGHT. NOW THIS WAS EVEN BEFORE FLIPP, SO ANY HOW, WE STAYED IN TOUCH AND WHEN ROCK AND ROLL BROUGHT ME TO SEATTLE IN 1994 BRAD AND I FINALLY MET FACE TO FACE AND HIT IT OFF GREAT. WE WROTE A COUPLE SONGS TOGETHER,AND EVEN HE SANG SOME BACK UP VOCALS ON AN ABORTED FLIPP RECORD WE WERE TRYING TO MAKE OUT THERE. BUT THAT IN ITS SELF IS A WHOLE OTHER STORY.

Who writes the songs in AS, is it a band collaboration or is it you or Brad that comes up with most ideas?
Brynn Arens: ITS BRAD AND I WHO WRITE ALL OF IT, ALTHOUGH THERE IS ONE LINE IN A SONG CALLED LIGHTS GO DOWN THAT A GREAT DRUMMER FRIEND OF MINE NAMED TOM COOK WROTE WHILE WE WERE JAMMING WHEN I CAME UP WITH THE BULK OF THE SONG. THE LINE IS THE DEVIL ALWAYS WINS IN THE END. HE IS A GREAT FUCKING DRUMMER TOO.

While "Cold dead hands" on myspace is quite heavy in the Led Zep/Bad Co style, the lovely "Angel" (which sounds like a hit single in my ears) brings thoughts to Bruce Springsteen and Rolling Stones. Do you agree?
Brynn Arens: FRANKLY I DONT GET THE SPRINGSTEEN PART BUT THE STONES FOR SURE, I HAVE USED OPEN TUNNINGS FOR YEARS WHICH LENDS ITSELF TO A STONES VIBE, BUT FOR SURE IT REMINDS ME OF SOMETHING THAT COULD HAVE BEEN ON SOME GIRLS. THE DO-DO BACK UP VOCALS AND ALL.

Is there a full album recorded and when are you planning on releasing it?
Brynn Arens: YES WE ARE PLANNING ON RELEASING IT, WE HAVE A COUPLE OFFERS IN THE HOPPER, BUT FRANKLY WERE IN NO BIG HURRY. WE REALLY DO APPREACEATE ROCK AND ROLL AND THE BIZ SIDE CAN REALLY POLLUTE THINGS SO WE WANT TO STAY AWAY FROM THAT CRAP.
WELL SEE. WELL MAKE A CHOICE WHEN THE RIGHT TIME COMES AS ITS GOT TO BE WITH SOMEONE WE REALLY RESPECT AND SOMEONE WHO REALLY RESPECTS US OR FUCK ALL. I CAN MAKE MUSIC THAT MAKES ME HAPPY WITH OR WITHOUT A SO CALLED FREE LUNCH. AND LET ME TELL YOU THAT IS NOT SOUR GRAPES SPEAKING ITS THE TRUTH. SOME GRAPES ARE SOUR.

I know you produced the punk band The Fuck Ups a while back, have you produced any other bands lately?
Brynn Arens: YEAH I MANAGED,PRODUCED AND MENTORED THOSE KIDS. WE REALLY HAD A GREAT TIME AND THEY WROTE GREAT SONGS. I STILL SPEAK WITH TRAVIS AND HIS PARENTS REGULARLY. AND YES IHAVE PRODUCED A FEW THINGS HERE AND THERE. BUT ONCE AGAIN IF I DONT DIG IT I WONT DO IT REGARDLESS OF THE STATURE OF THE BAND, THE MUSIC IS FIRST AND FORMOST WHEN IT COME TO ME SPENDING MY TIME.

I just watched the video again for the 100th time of "I still love Rocknroll" that you did with Flipp, I love it! Are you still in touch with the former members of Flipp?
(I recommend our melodic.net readers to go here and watch it - www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbaVzB050Iw )

Brynn Arens: CHIA OF COURSE AS HE IS MY LITTLE BRO. WE NEVER GOT CAUGHT UP IN THE EVERLY BROTHERS THING, WE HAVE A LOVE FOR EACHOTHER THAT ONLY FAMILY CAN BRING !
AND YES I SPEAK TO CHERRY AND KILO AS WELL, I MEAN SHIT CHERRY AND I BASICALLY GREW UP TOGETHER AND HIS TALENT IS BEYOND COMARE.
WHEN HE WAS IN THE BAND WE WERE SO TIGHT THAT IF I MADE A MISTAKE HE WOULD FOLLOW ME AND BOOM NO MORE MISTAKE. AS FAR AS FREAKY IS CONCEREND WE HAD A RUN IN AND IF I MAY I WOULD LIKE TO APOLIGIZE TO HIM HERE AND NOW FOR SOME OF THE THINGS I AM RESPONCEABLE FOR THAT JUST DID NOT NEED TO HAPPEN .
ULTAMATLY HE IS A GOOD MAN AND I FUCKED UP TOO ...SORRY FREAKY...

What are Freaky, Kilo and Chia up to today?
Brynn Arens: KILO IS VERY INVOLVED IN HIS KIDS SPORTS AND HOLY CRAP THEY ARE TALENTED IN THAT AERA, HIS WHOLE FAMILY IS INCLUDING ALL OF HIS BROTHERS.
CHIA IS ENDLESSLY DOING ARTWORK FOR ALL SORTS OF GROOVY THINGS. GIVE HIM A GOOGLE... KII ARENS
AND FREAKY IS TEACHING FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND AND HAPPY TO BE DOING SO, MORE POWER TO HIM.

Have you been to any great shows lately?
Brynn Arens: WHAT CAN I SAY TO THIS BUT NOPE. I AM LOOKING FOWARD TO SEEING UFO THOUGH, AND TOM PETTYS COMING TO TOWN SO THE WIFE AND I WILL GO SEE THAT TOO.

I know you..re a huge fan of Mott the Hoople, New York Dolls, The Who and Kiss etc, but what is your favorite new album right now?
Brynn Arens: WOW NEW ALBUM ? CAN ONE SAY NEW AND ALBUM TOGETHER ?... UMMMMM ONCE AGAIN I DIG THE LAST TWO UFO RELEASES IT JUST SEEMS THAT PHIL MOGG IS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER AND THAT MY FRIEND IS A LOT TO SAY AT HIS AGE, LETS BE HONEST.
HE IS THE REAL DEAL. I LOVED JOHNNY CASHS LAST TWO AS WELL GOD BLESS HIM. ITS FUNNY WHEN THINGS GET A BIT STALE IN THE MUSIC WORLD I TEND TO GO BACKWARD AND CHECK OUT REALLY OLD THINGS. FRANKLY I AM WAY INTO NAT KING COLE RIGHT NOW.

I can recommend Thieves and Liars, they are a cool rocknroll trio from San Diego that do not sound that far from American Standard, check em out!
www.myspace.com/weareallthievesandliars

Brynn Arens: I WILL DO THAT THANX.

Thanks Brynn for your precious time, what is next on your time schedule right after this interview?
Brynn Arens: I HAVE TO CALL BRAD AND SEND HIM A RUFF OF A NEW SONG WERE WORKING ON CALLED DISGRACELAND WE HAVE A GREAT TIME WORKING TOGETHER AND ISNT ROCK AND ROLL JUST ANOTHER WAY OF SAYING GREAT TIME.... GOD DAMN RIGHT IT IS OR FUCK ALL.....PEACE...

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