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The States
Multiply Not Divide
(self-released)
www.thestatesonline.com


Multiply Not Divide is the first full-length album from Brooklyn based trio The States. Their songs balance the vocal eloquence and requiem-dazzled glades of guitarist and lead vocalist Chris Synder along coves of bucking rhythms procured by bassist Previn Warren and drummer Joe Stroll. Their songs have a euphonic likeness to Britpop artists like Coldplay and '80s pop icons The Specials, blotted by nu wave elements that are ardent and scintillating like the UK's Doves. The States played SXSW in 2006 and hauled in audiences with their Depeche Mode-tinged electro-pop resonance. Though their songs tap into nostalgia, they also expand the nu wave sound into other domains like emo and prog rock.

The opening number "100 Years War" formulates slats of crystalline guitar effects that sparkle and twitch with a fluorescent glow. "Ghost" has a Big Country luminescence with active chord movements and dynamic shifts that create harmony with the dreamy-emo dewiness of the vocals. "Bad Magnets" moistens punk ridges with nu wave gusts as "Diplomats" twills guitar textures that spout and blossom.

"So Near" renders delicate emotive guitar pop-ups seeping through the glossy vocals and heightening sensations. "Right As Rain" pulls in vibrating drum rolls and lucent guitar showers, anchoring the song in pleasing esthetics of prog rock motions with a Level 42 intensity. Impressive are the soaring vocals on "Puzzle" lanced by guitar spears that keep the tune vigorous and filling. The final two tracks "Rocket Science" and "Parade" are anthems to love with glittering guitar effects and vocal rises hitting that spot of weakness which longs for love as it slips through the fingers.

The band members of The States came together in 2002 while Chris and Previn were attending Harvard University, and Joe Stroll answered their listing at Craigslist.com for a drummer. They garnered attention when they won Buzzplay..com's national "Best Unsigned Band Competition" in 2004. Since then they have steadily built up a fan base through their live shows.

Being influenced by Britpop artistry is a big factor in their music but it is the positive attitude of the genre that The States have really identified with and brought out in their songs. Their songs take elements from back in time and bring them forward into contemporary times.

-Susan Frances

Track Listing:
1. 100 Years War
2. Ghost
3. Bad Magnets
4. Diplomats
5. So Near
6. Right As Rain
7. Inquisition
8. Puzzle
9. Multiply Not Divide
10. Rocket Science
11. Parade


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