2016 – The Year In Review With Brandon Kellum of American Standards

We’ve asked bands/artists to share with us their highs and lows of 2016 and what they hope the New Year will bring to them. Here’s the year in review with Brandon Kellum of American Standards.

On a scale of 1-10, how has 2016 been for you?
Let’s say a 9. Pretty damn good but the best year will always be the one to come.

Have you learned any life lessons this year?
Anything you lose automatically doubles in value so don’t take things for granted, live in the moment and find a reason to appreciate everything.

What was the highlight of 2016 for you?
Seeing people open their eyes to the world beyond themselves and actually decide to have a voice.

Any low points for you?
Realizing that people are sometimes dumb as hell and can voice the most ignorant things.

What was the most overhyped thing of 2016?
Kony 2012.

Worst of 2016?
Still no flying cars.

Best of 2016?
Self tying shoes.

Best albums of 2016?
1. Every Time I Die – Low Teens
2. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Disassociation
3. Oathbreaker – Rheia
4. Zao – The Well Intentioned Virus
5. Norma Jean – Polar Similar
6. Ken Mode – Nerve
7. Stay Wild – livelearnlove
8. Genesis Company – Finally Free
9. Way Under – Alone
10. Heck – Instructions
11. Fero Lux – No Rest
12. Primitive Weapons – The Future of Death

Worst albums of 2016?
Literally everything not listed above. Actually, I’ve yet to listen to a full album in 2016 that was truly disappointing. Can generally tell from a song or two. Perhaps that’s the beauty of our ability to filter out the garbage.

Any new year’s resolution for 2017?
Have less. Do more. Be more.

American Standards will be releasing a new album in early 2017 and touring the world shortly after.

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