Heather Robb has lived in the Big Apple for years, but her roots and cell phone number are still very-much rooted in the Small Wonder.
To this end, Robb and her two Spring Standards bandmates — who each share singing and percussion duties with her — will return to the Arden Gild Hall on Wednesday for their annual Boxing Day concert, in which the folk/rock band will play two shows that night. Both performances will be recorded for the Spring Standards' new live album. The project is slated for release in March and will only be available via download.
Spring into action
Since the Brooklyn-based outfit assembled in 2008, it's always been a delight for Robb (vocals, keys and percussion) and her pals James Cleare (vocals, harmonica, guitar, bass and percussion) and James Smith (vocals, trumpet, guitar, bass and percussion) to gig at the intimate Gild Hall, especially since they get to perform in front of close friends and family from the Greater Wilmington and Pennsylvania areas.
"This venue has become such a touchstone for us, it's very meaningful," said Robb, 29, a native of Newark who graduated from Tatnall High School with Cleare in 2001. Smith and Cleare are natives of Kennett Square, and Smith graduated from Kennett High School in 2001.
'Premonition' and 'Sharks'
The Spring Standards' live album, currently untitled, will feature at least 17 songs from all three of the Standards' albums, and possibly a new track, Robb said.
One song she definitely wants to see on the live album is "Sharks," an upbeat tune with a dance-like chorus accompanied by gloomy lyrics.
"It's basically a song about thinking you have the need for security in such an unpredictable, scary world," Robb said. The song is off the Standards' 2010 project, "Would Things Be Different."
Another song Robb is eyeing is "Premonition," an unrecorded track that's gritty, dark and a fan-favorite at Spring Standards concerts.
"It's always one that when we play it live, people come up to the merch station and say, "What album is it on?" Robb said.
Though they would've liked to, there's a mysterious reason the Standards didn't record "Premonition" on their latest album, "Yellow//Gold," a double-EP released in May.
Page 2 of 2 - "Something draws people to it that we've been able to capture live," explained a puzzled Robb. "But we haven't been able to capture [that element] in the studio."
IF YOU GO
WHAT Spring Standards in concert
WHEN 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26
WHERE Arden Gild Hall, 2126 The Highway, Arden
COST $30 both shows (guests); $25 both shows (members); $18 one show (guests); $15 one show (members)
INFO ardenclub.org or 475-3126