Us Against the Crown

Us Against the Crown

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by State Radio
     
 
Finally getting around to their debut album after nearly four years as a band, State Radio seemingly throw everything in leader Chad Urmston's songbooks onto tape, as if the band can't make up their minds what they want their musical persona to be. A surprising number of these 14 songs, like the opening "People to People," are straight-up

Overview

Finally getting around to their debut album after nearly four years as a band, State Radio seemingly throw everything in leader Chad Urmston's songbooks onto tape, as if the band can't make up their minds what they want their musical persona to be. A surprising number of these 14 songs, like the opening "People to People," are straight-up reggae, with Urmston working to sound as much like Bunny Wailer as a white boy from Vermont can. Elsewhere, the vibe is more akin to Ted Leo & the Pharmacists' nervy updating of late-'70s post-punk of the Specials/Jam/Ruts variety, as on the rocking "Black Cab Motorcade." Then there's a lot of stuff like "Man in the Hall," where the idea is to make jam band grooves for the trustafarians to noodle-dance to. Mixed in with all of these divergent ideas are songs like the genuinely haunting ballad "Riddle in London Town" and the distorted, tense "Calvados Chopper" that don't fit neatly into any particular style and are therefore the most easy to like and memorable tunes on the record. Perhaps on their second album, State Radio will have a clearer idea of where they're going.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/07/2006
Label:
Nettwerk Records
UPC:
0067003048620
catalogNumber:
30486

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

State Radio   Primary Artist
John Montagnese   Background Vocals
Tim Bright   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards
Mike Daly   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Vibes
Baba Ben Israel   Beat Box
Paul Wolstencroft   Keyboards
Brian Sayers   Drums
Matt Pavolka   Trombone
Brian Humphrey   Percussion
Craig Welsch   Percussion
John Deley   Keyboards
Matt Flynn   Drums,Vocals
Chuck Fay   Bass,Piano,Vocals
Jeremy Shockley   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Paul Q. Kolderie   Producer
Andy Taub   Engineer
Tim Bright   Programming,Engineer
Mike Daly   Producer
Brian Humphrey   Producer,Engineer
John Shyloski   Engineer
Craig Welsch   Producer
Dalton Sim   Management

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Us Against the Crown 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful CD and I'd highly recomend it to everyone. State Radio has a smooth sound and I love that their songs have meaning instead of being like the mainstream pop fluff. Also, check out the acoustic version of Mr. Larkin it's unbelievably heart-wrenching.
FrawleyBN More than 1 year ago
Thought-provoking, socially conscious, and strongly performed, this album is a must-listen. State Radio mixes styles, particularly rock and reggae, to create a fresh, new sound. Many of the songs have social and political themes, ranging from racism in the court system or injustice within the military to simpler, more personal stories of middle class people fighting for their fading rights. Fans of Dispatch will be happy to hear Chad Urmston's vocals again. I've seen State Radio live so many times that I've lost count, and I will see them again. My review is glowing, but I'm also a rabid fan, so I won't blame you for taking it with a grain of salt.