The ethereal indie-pop band The Spring Standards makes its second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. All three members of the group — James Cleare, James Smith and Heather Robb — began playing together in the Delaware/Pennsylvania area when they were students in high school. A few years later, they found themselves living within a few blocks of one another in New York City, and decided to pick up where they left off.
The Spring Standards' full-length debut, Would Things Be Different, was released in 2010, and led to tours alongside Old 97's, Marc Broussard, Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers and Ha Ha Tonka. The band's Mountain Stage set showcases an acoustic folk-pop side, which stands in stark contrast to the power-pop leanings of its carefully crafted sound. In May, the group will release a double EP called yellow // gold, which purposely highlights its split personality.
This performance was originally published March 30, 2012.