Goshen News, Goshen, IN

August 17, 2013

The Spring Standards return to Goshen


GOSHEN — Welcome back.

“Tonight feels a little bit like a homecoming,” Steve Martin of Ignition Garage announced Saturday from the stage at the downtown Goshen concert venue.

Martin was introducing Brooklyn-based The Spring Standards. The group played a sold-out show at Ignition in June 2012, and Martin recalled the gig was the third or fourth for the then-new performance spot.

Soon enough, Spring Standards was back on stage at Ignition, showcasing the Americana group’s assured harmonies on a cover of Crosby, Stills and Nash’s “Helplessly Hoping.”

Later in the show, the Standards’ Heather Robb talked about the connection the group feels to Goshen.

“We’ve told so many bands, ‘You’ve got to play Goshen,’” she said. “They go, ‘Where?’”

Band member James Cleare joked about feeling some pressure at the Saturday night gig. A black and white display showing The Fab Four circa “Hard Day’s Night” was propped up about 15 feet from where he stood. Cleare said it felt like he was playing for The Beatles.

“Holy God,” he said. “Turn them around or something.”

The Spring Standards’ most recent album, “Live From Delaware,” was released in May. The group’s last studio album was “yellow//gold.” The Standards have appeared on “Conan” and at numerous music festivals.