You Won't is the Boston-based duo of Josh Arnoudse and Raky Sastri, fast friends ever since they squared off in a fierce but poorly executed sword-fight in 1999. The Massachusetts natives collaborated on a litany of non-musical projects prior to forming a band, conspiring to produce a series of little-seen experimental films, guerrilla theater stunts, and duct-taped refrigerators filled with toxic sludge. You Won't was born in early 2011 following three quixotic months spent recording in the wild suburban woodlands of Eastern Massachusetts. Following the release of their full-length debut Skeptic Goodbye in 2012, the pair has toured across the United States and Canada, garnering praise from the likes of SPIN, NPR, The New York Times, and KEXP for their distinctly lyrical, insistently melodic, and thoroughly percussive sound. The band has quickly developed a reputation for their dynamic and enthusiastically unorthodox live performances and 2013 found them sharing stages with The Lumineers, The Joy Formidable, Josh Ritter, The Antlers, and other highly-esteemed performing artists of note.

The Spring Standards

The following is a brief summation of the sounds and spirit of The Spring Standards. Born and bred in the Delaware Valley, this trio of songsters now call Brooklyn, New York their home, like much of their musical brethren. Comprised of a lass named Heather and two boys named James, the songs they Smith will Robb your heart, that much is Cleare. Brought up on the music of their elders, they drew much of their inspiration from those times, learning the power of song from artists you all know, The Beatles, James Taylor, Crosby, Stills and the other one. Longtime friends and cohorts, by the time any of us had heard of them, they’d been working on their craft and crafting their works for many years under many names, with their passion for vocal harmony always in their foremost thoughts. It’s fast upon a first listen to feel the power of their pipes, the James boys being blessed with throats of velvet, and Heather with the wind of a foghorn. Sure, they’ve got more than enough facilities for plucking strings and tapping keys, but they never did have much luck finding a drummer. No matter. One can stomp a floor cannon, the other on the sock cymbals, and with their one free hand, they can wallop a snare drum with the best of ‘em. Problem solved, and we wouldn’t know the difference. Never fans of the well-trodden roads of sentimental claptrap, their lyrics ring true whenever falling on eager ears. They sing not of the easy-breezy romances so often seen in Hallmark cards and on the silver screen, but of life’s true loves, uncertain and trying. They sing of Life’s Great Joys, found, lost, found again and lost once more. The things we wanted and what we found instead. Things not turning out how we’d hoped, but turning out all the same. As Heather sings night after night, in different cities all far from home, “If it’s not hard to say, then it’s a lie.” Suffice to say, The Standards ain’t no lie. In their eyes, life’s not easy, but it sure can be beautiful when a few voices come together just right. Many folks have found such solace in the latest fruits of their labor, aptly titled, “Would Things Be Different.” Such a title could be either a question or an answer, when you think about it. I suppose that’ll be up to you. - Adam Sturtevant

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You Won't, The Spring Standards

Wednesday, November 13 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM at Do317 Lounge

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