We had the good fortune of connecting with Brandon Kellum and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brandon, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
From the beginning we always wanted our legacy to be about the community around the band and the things that we could collectively achieve through it. We’ve done so by releasing compilation albums for local non profits, hosting benefit shows and organizing volunteer events. Outside of this charity work, we hope we’ve inspired others to take action both in their communities and in their personal lives. If someone sees what we’re doing and decides that they can follow their dream too, I feel like we’ve made the impact that we set out to.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It’s easy to start something but it’’s harder to see it through. American Standards started back in 2011 and since then have played over 400 shows with some of our favorite bands. We’ve released multiple albums and been featured in publications that we grew up reading. We’ve had our fair share of set backs but our longevity can be attributed to persistence and never sacrificing our vision for whats trending at the time.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Arizona has no shortage of cool, local spots. In terms of eating, reathrey sekong is one of my favorite for authentic Cambodian food. I’m personally a sucker for barcades, so places like Cobra Arcade and Bonus Round are great for a drink and some games. I also spend way more than I’d like to admit at Zia Records. If you’re into art, Wonderspaces is a very unique, interactive museum or if you want to get outdoors, Fossil Creek is always a fun day trip
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people that deserve a shoutout for supporting American Standards over the years. Going back to our early days, Michelle Donovan with The Mantooth Group (The Nile Theater, The Underground, 51 West) has always treated us better than we deserved. From getting us on shows with bands like Zao, Norma Jean, Touché Amore and Sick Of It All to allowing us a place to book our own shows and music videos. I can’t thank her and the venue staff enough for their kindness.