How Standards’ Marcos Mena is making shred guitar danceable: “The important thing is writing the hook first, then working in the other techniques”

Marcos Mena
(Image credit: Maxx Diaz)

Ever since Yngwie Malmsteen descended from Mount Shred and single-handedly invented the instrumental guitar album, scholars have debated one question: can anyone dance to this stuff?

On Fruit Town, California-based guitar-and-drums duo Standards [stylized as standards] have finally proven that, despite near-global doubt, it can be done. 

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Adam Kovac

Adam is a freelance writer whose work has appeared, aside from Guitar World, in Rolling Stone, Playboy, Esquire and VICE. He spent many years in bands you've never heard of before deciding to leave behind the financial uncertainty of rock'n roll for the lucrative life of journalism. He still finds time to recreate his dreams of stardom in his pop-punk tribute band, Finding Emo.