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Chad Stokes Urmston
Birth name Charles Stokes Urmston
Born 26 February 1976 (1976-02-26) (age 34)
Origin Sherborn, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Rock, reggae, funk, acoustic
Occupations Musician
Instruments Electric guitar, acoustic guitar electric bass (with Dispatch), trombone, djembe, harmonica
Years active 1994–present
Associated acts Dispatch, Hermit Thrush, State Radio
Website www.stateradio.com

Chad Stokes Urmston was born in Sherborn, Massachusetts. Urmston was a member of the band Hermit Thrush which later gave birth to the band Dispatch, which broke up in 2002. He currently is the frontman for the Sherborn, Massachusetts-area band State Radio, as well as a constant activist for improved living conditions in Zimbabwe.

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Personal life

Born into a large family, Chad graduated from Dover-Sherborn High School in 1994,[1] and went on to attend both Middlebury College and NYU. He met Pete Heimbold in 1995 and formed the band Hermit Thrush, later meeting Brad Corrigan and the three began to play together in a band called One Fell Swoop that would ultimately become known as Dispatch. Dispatch was most well known for their grassroots college following and independent success. He is now touring with his new band, State Radio. Chad writes the majority of his songs about historical and contemporary social issues, and advocates social change in many of State Radio's songs. He is in a relationship with Sybil Gallagher, who has a key role in State Radio. Three songs, Sybil I, Sybil II and Sybil III, found on Us Against the Crown, Year of the Crow and Let It Go, were written by him about her.

Activism

Chad has been known mostly for his political activity, and his band State Radio has toured the country and spoken out against the war in Iraq. Chad has been known to also play solo acoustic shows at locations around New England in order to promote awareness of the genocide in Sudan. On September 26, 2008 State Radio played a benefit concert at the Learning center for the deaf in Framingham, MA. The concert's profits went towards the improvement of the school (Where his brother works). Not only did he and his bandmates stick around to meet fans after the show, he made sure teachers from the school got a chance to come on stage with the band to sign the lyrics for the deaf attendants. The majority of the attendants of the concert stood silently, sadly unable to hear any music. Chad also played a solo acoustic concert at the Amnesty International Annual General Meeting in Boston, MA on March 27, 2009 and raised awareness about Troy Davis.

Most prominently, Urmston is known for his work to help improve the quality of life in Zimbabwe. Inspired by his time spent in Zimbabwe and a particular friendship he acquired, Chad wrote the song Elias. The song inspired a non-profit foundation, the Elias Fund, with the goals of helping Zimbabwean youths find opportunities and empowering young Americans to take an active role in society. Further, Dispatch reunited for a benefit concert in Madison Square Garden called Dispatch: Zimbabwe. This concert was held on July 13, 14, and 15, and resulted in three sold-out shows netting over one million dollars for the Dispatch Foundation.

State Radio also has done concerts for charity. Recently while on tour with the Dropkick Murphys they did an acoustic show for charity the afternoon before a performance in Durham, New Hampshire. This performance, entitled "Rock for Darfur", was organized by Oyster River High School student Brady Brickner-Wood and was to benefit the situation in Darfur.

Equipment

Guitars

  • Creston Electric Instruments custom
  • 1958 Gibson Les Paul Junior
  • 1979 Fender Stratocaster
  • Modulus G3
  • Modulus G3CT (Customized for Chad with a truck inlay)
  • Township Special AfriCan Gas Can Guitar
  • Guild D40AE Acoustic Guitar
  • Gretsch G5135 Electromatic Corvette

Amplifier

  • Fender Hot Rod DeVille Amplifier

Effects

  • MXR Micro Amp
  • ProCo The Rat
  • Fulltone Fat Boost
  • Dunlop Crybaby GCB95
  • Menatone The Blue Collar Overdrive
  • Fulltone Supa-Trem
  • Boss DD-5 Digital Delay
  • Rapco AB100
  • Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner

External links

Notes

  1. ^ Beaderstadt, C. "State Radio's Chad Urmston takes the stage ...and takes a stand", The Lawrentian. Retrieved on 2007-06-14
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