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Standard Candle / Press

“Musicwise we?re somewhere between Goo Goo Dolls and Tonic, you could say Standard Candle is the perfect description of how a modern rock band should sound like. If you can?t get enough of your Rzeznik songs and want more of that same kind, then SC will do just fine as a substitute but even if "Curtains" doesn?t reach the same peaks of Himalaya where Goo Goo?s "Dizzy up the girl" lies - SC have no problem reaching the highest spots of the Alps. But if we compare SC with the 2006 version of Goo Goo, these southern rockers definitely rock harder than Rzeznik and Co coz there are only 2 ballads on "Curtains" and they are the nice "Over me" plus the short acoustic thing "Forgive me" - woah,this one truly tastes like a true Rzeznik composition. The catchy opening track "Outside looking in" could in fact also be a lost gem with Rzeznik, good stuff! I also have to mention the AOR licks on the guitar on "Up in lights", not really your typical way of playing modern rock.”

“Standard Candle has their sights set on radio play, and though such a feat is inaccessible in this day and age without a major label deal, their latest release Curtains is a step in the right direction. The tracks are hook-heavy, and the filtered pop vocals are pitched for mainstream consumption. Curtains isn’t rocket science, and the band seems fine with embracing the tried and true rock formula that has served Yellowcard, All-American Rejects and Train so well. Their strong vocals are the band’s biggest asset, since that is an easy way for labels to gauge the marketability of any band. All though it’s almost at the end of the album, “Believe” is a good intro to the band. Straightforward and earnest, it’s the kind of song that could easily get picked up by MTV to overlay one of its many reality shows. The title track is also very catchy, with sing-a-long choruses...”

“Birmingham Alabama modern rock outfit Standard Candle have come up trumps with this their third release. Bringing together all the traits that made Tonic and the Reznik spun tunes of The Goo Goo Dolls so enormously popular, Standard candle have come of age and thrown loose their college band shackles. ‘Curtains’ contains four revised versions of songs from their previous two releases. All competently produced by Jason Elgin-the guy behind the recent Lynam album ‘Slave to the Machine-and lead by the intimate vocals of Josh Patrick it doesn’t take to much realise that something classy is going on here. From the opening chords of the Tonic-esque ‘Outside Looking In’, the Reznik inspired ‘Forgive Me’, through to the gloriously melodic ‘Do You Remember’ it is clear that Standard Candle have a sparkling future ahead of them.”