With their debut album about to be released in the UK, we thought it was about time we caught up with State Radio.
With a quickly growing fanbase in the US, and their debut album 'Us Against The Crown' about to be released in the UK, we thought it was about time we caught up with State Radio.
Introduce yourself, who are you and where do you come from?
My name's Chad stokes from Boston Mass.
So, you'll be coming to Europe soon - will this be your first time? Where are you most looking forward to visiting?
I've been to Europe a few times on my own - first to play soccer, then to back pack around after leaving Zimbabwe, then with the gang from How's Your News (a news team/band made up of people with disabilities) , and lastly for the tough guy race in Wolverhampton, England. This will be the first time (How's Your News and subway busking aside) that we've played music overseas.
How was the Warped Tour?
Wicked bands and great people - we were one of the few acts in a van so we had a lot of driving to catch up with the buses but it was a good time. It was also really hot and I'm really pale.
If you could play with any band at any location, who and where would you choose?
Led zeppelin, 1972, Isle of White.
Tell us about your track 'Camilo'.
Camilo was taking refuge in my home-town of Sherborn Mass at the Peace Abbey. He'd come back from the war on leave and had filed to be a conscientious objector so that he wouldn't have to return to the killing. I was so dissapointed and maddened when he was arrested by the military police. This war is tragic.
Being American, what made you choose the title 'Us Against the Crown' for your debut album?
The title comes from a lyric in the song "Rushian" about a young couple fleeing Czarist Russia; but it became the title because I think the Bush administration thinks and acts like a monarchy.
How do you think it will be received internationally in comparison to how it was in the US?
I have no idea.
How do you see your music progressing? Do you think you'll always be a 'political' band?
I think we'll always write what we feel. As long as there is corruption in power, we'll have some songs that people will call political.
Do you ever worry about your music becoming 'dated'? What's relevant politically now probably won't be in 20 years time.
We don't think about it too much. If it's something that's weighing on us at the moment we don't think about how well it will age. Different songs fall by the wayside for different reasons. I don't think the idea of peace and writing from the underdog's perspective is easily dated, so we should be ok for the most part.
Which is more important to you, the message or the music? Would you ever sacrifice one for the other?
I think I do this because I love playing music, but I'm not sure it would be fulfilling enough for us if we didn't feel like we were connecting with people and contributing to a conscious society.
Are there any new bands you can recommend?
RX Bandits, Maylene and The Sons of Disaster.