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Us Against the Crown

State Radio

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Us Against the Crown is the debut full-length from State Radio, a Massachusetts trio fronted by Chad Urmston. He formed the group after the dissolution of Dispatch, a reggae-influenced jam band much beloved on the college circuit. State Radio retains many of the hallmarks that won Dispatch so many fans, including an affection for bubbling bass lines and an unfailingly laid-back demeanor that conjures an endless stretch of summer days well spent. However, on Us Against the Crown Urmston takes pains to distance himself from some of Dispatch’s more marked indulgences. Gone are the lengthy jams and playful mashups of popular hits, replaced by more streamlined songwriting and a more earnest set of lyrical concerns. On “Right Me Up,” Urmston sings of the challenges faced by a wheelchair-bound friend, while “Camilo” presents the internal conflict of a soldier struggling with the decision to go AWOL. For the most part, State Radio’s debut is a remarkably deft modern rock album: a promising debut that builds on the accomplishments of Urmston’s former outfit while firmly fixing its eyes on the future.

Customer Reviews

GOOD GOOD MUSIC

Track 1 to track 16 all good, no rif raf. As the itunes review for this album is highly unfair in it's proposal that this album is too mixed up. Just because an album or band does not fit one specific genre DOES NOT meen that it is broken. Also in the fact that the review describes lead singer/guitarist Chad Urmston as "working to sound as much like Bunny Wailer as a white boy from Vermont can." Seriously? That's what you have to say about the beautiful charismatic sounds that Chad puts together with his vocals and guitar? Excuse him for having other artists that inspire him. This go's out to all the State Radio fans...IGNORE THE ITUNES REVIEW FOR THIS ALBUM!!

Awesome

I'm a big Dispatch fan and this album has songs just as good or better than dispatch's best. These guys are great. It looks like they re uploaded the album to iTunes since I bought it but all the reviews from when it was first here were great. Definitely a good choice for Dispatch fans!

AMAZING

this album is AMAZING. i listen to it probably several times a day. it never gets old!

Biography

Formed: 2002 in Boston, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

The mixture of indie rock songwriting, socially conscious lyrics, and roots reggae rhythms has long been a staple in the jam band world, and State Radio delivers on all counts. A Boston-based trio led by singer and primary songwriter Chad Urmston (a former member of Vermont jamsters Dispatch), State Radio largely managed to avoid the usual post-Phish clichés, injecting...
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