Monday, March 27, 2017
The State Broadcasters - A Different Past
The band has a wide sweet spot, with indie rock tracks such as "Feelin' Alive" living harmoniously with Americana gems such as "Cycle Home Drunk" piano-driven indie pop such as opener "Break My Fall" and the lovely "Folding", ballads such as "Braced Against The Cold" and "Let The Wolves Roam", and delicate folk such as closer "Ribbons". In addition to thoughtful and incisive songwriting, The State Broadcasters benefit from multiple vocalists and an instrumental palate that encompasses brass, accordion, double bass and strings, as well as more traditional pop/rock tools of the trade. The result is vibrant music with every track sounding fresh and distinct. Yes, indeed, there is pretty strong wattage to this sunshine.
A Different Past is out on March 24 on vinyl, CD and Digital formats via Glasgow label Olive Grove Records. See the Bandcamp link for details. The State Broadcasters are Pete MacDonald (piano/trombone/vocals), Gillian Fleetwood (harp/accordion/vocals), Cameron Maxwell (double bass/trombone/electric bass/vocals), David McGinty (guitar/vocals), and Susan Appelbe (cello/vocals).
Bandcamp for A Different Past
Olive Grove Records