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Album Review

Give a group electric guitars and a mission in life and you could have an utter disaster or 30 minutes of sonic bliss. We Were the States are intent on making this record the latter, even though they come off as a close cousin of Oasis during "Up Your Sleeve," driven by drummer Nick Devan. The group leaves nothing to chance and pours a lot into each track, despite most clocking in at well under three minutes. A great example of this is the airtight garage rock oozing out of "Red Lion," which sounds like the Strokes on some amphetamine high. Another keeper is the ensuing "Till Morning Comes" with its energetic Brit-pop style, while "Been Done Wrong" is also quite right in many respects. What primarily makes this record soar, though, is how the band is relentless in dishing out quality rock & roll with the infectious "Try," which resembles the Von Bondies. The centerpiece of the record is the slow-building "Girl, You're Not a Thief," a ballad-leaning number that appears to have the lead singer paying tribute to the Killers. The first breather comes during "It's Sad, It's You," a rather lethargic piece that is indeed sad. However, We Were the States nail the closing "Please Be Quiet" with a fair amount of verve.

Customer Reviews

fresh new sound

This band combines the guitar stylings and rhythms of bands such as the Knack and the Police with the more modern "in your face" wailings of front man Justin Webb to create an upbeat modern flavor that is both emotional and fun all at the same time. This makes for some good driving music - just watch your speed...


this is a great album! There are quite a few good reviews of this album popping up...


Wow! I don't know what else to say?! This album is INCREDIBLE! Kudos to CHICKEN RANCH for signing these guys! They're opening my eyes to whole world of rock! I haven't taken this album outta my stereo! I want more!!

Believe the Thieves, We Were the States
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