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State Radio

State Radio performing live at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 23, 2007
Background information
Origin Sherborn, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 2002–present
Labels Fenway, Nettwerk, Ruff Shod
Associated acts Dispatch
Website stateradio.com
Members
Chad Stokes Urmston
Chuck Fay
Mike Najarian
Former members
Brian Sayers
Mike Greenfield
Pete Halby
Matt Shardlow
Nikki Glaspie

State Radio is an alternative rock band from Boston, MA, consisting of former Dispatch member Chad Urmston (lead vocals, guitar), Chuck Fay (bass) and Mike Najarian (drums). The band's first full-length album, Us Against the Crown, was released in December 2005, their second, Year of the Crow in September 2007, and their most recent album, Let it Go, in September 2009.

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Biography

A Boston based trio band 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 a punk-influenced sound and politically charged viewpoint while staying true to the tenets of the band's chosen style.

Urmston, who disbanded Dispatch at the height of its popularity in 2002, formed State Radio later the same year. Focusing exclusively on guitar and vocals instead of the instrument switching he was previously known for, he brought in second guitarist Pete Halby, bassist Chuck Fay, and drummer Mike Greenfield to round out the lineup. After the exploratory debut EP Flag of the Shiners was released by Fenway Recordings in late 2002, State Radio went on a temporary hiatus throughout 2003 as Urmston recovered from throat surgery. Returning to active duty in 2004 as a slimmed-down trio with new drummer Brian Sayers, State Radio followed a second EP, Simmer Kane, with the release of 2006's Us Against the Crown. Another personnel change occurred before State Radio toured in support of the album, with drummer Mike Najarian replacing Sayers.

The sophomore effort Year of the Crow followed in fall 2007, bringing with it an emphasis on louder guitars and sociopolitical themes. State Radio reinforced such themes by launching service projects in each city the band visited, and Urmston briefly reconvened Dispatch for a three-night charity performance at Madison Square Garden, with funds going toward Zimbabwe relief. State Radio maintained such political awareness on 2009's Let It Go.

Official recording sessions for their third album began on November 3, 2008 in North Brookfield, Massachusetts at Long View Farm Studios. The album, entitled Let It Go, was released on September 29, 2009.

Discography

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Studio albums

Live Albums/EPs

EPs

In the media

The band's song "Keepsake" was featured in the season three finale of Showtime's dark comedy Weeds.

State Radio opened for Dave Matthews Band on May 30-31, 2008 in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, and on June 3-4, 2008 in Camden, New Jersey.[2]

State Radio played at a concert near the 2008 Democratic National Convention alongside Rage Against the Machine and other politically active bands.

Their songs "Sybil I" and "Right Me Up" were featured on commercials for Kayem Hot Dogs.

Activism

In 2008, State Radio started an activist group called Calling All Crows to "inspire public service" and "promote human rights."

  • Over 441,000 more 16-24 year olds volunteered in 2008 than 2007.
  • Young adults contributed an additional 96.9 million service hours in the last year.
  • 31% more Americans reported having worked with their neighbor in 2008 than the year before.
  • Calling All Crows is dedicated to inspiring public service to transform our community, nation, and world.

Currently, they are working with Oxfam America's Stoves for Sudan Project. Calling All Crows is hoping to raise money for 5,000 stoves for 5,000 different women in Sudan through fan activism before concerts. [1], "Calling All Crows: Mobilizing Musicians and their Fans to Promote Human Rights".

References

  1. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/billboard-200#/album/state-radio/let-it-go/1281949
  2. ^ Tady, Scott. "State Radio opens for Dave Matthews Band", Beaver County Times & Allegheny Times, 2008-05-30. Retrieved on 2008-06-03.

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