State Radio is a sociopolitical Boston based trio that has three full length albums, a smattering of EP’s, and a few live albums to their credit. Chad Urmston, formerly of Dispatch, is the singer and primary songwriter. If you are a fan of the Showtime comedy “Weeds”, you might recognize their song “Keepsake”. It appeared in the season three finale.
In 2008, State Radio played a concert near the Democratic National Convention with another political band you might recognize, Rage Against the Machine.
In addition to their music, State Radio started an activist group called “Calling All Crows” to inspire human rights and promote public service. “Calling All Crows” was created to serve as State Radio’s platform for social action. And the band leads by example. Before every show in each town on tour, members of State Radio, its road crew, and local fans unite to create change through a service project, protest, teach-in, workshop, rally, or campaign event.
State Radio Discography
- Us Against the Crown
- Year of the Crow
- Let It Go
- The Barn Sessions
- Peace Between Nations (EP)
- Simmer Kane (EP)
- Wicker Plane (EP)
- Flag of the Shiners (EP)
- Calling All Crows (EP)
- Live at the SYNC
Top 5 State Radio Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):
- Camilo (Us Against the Crown)
- Democracy in Kind (Peace Between Nations)
- Gang of Thieves (Year of the Crown)
- Riddle in London Town (Us Against the Crown)
- Right Me Up (Us Against the Crown)
I saw State Radio a few months back when they played Austin City Limits Music Festival. There set was about an hour long and the energy and enthusiasm that they had was infectious. Once they were done, they did a CD signing and fan session. The cool thing about this was the amount of time they took with the fans and in particular, my fourteen year old son, who is a huge State Radio fan. They signed his newly purchased CD, took a photo, and then posed again because I messed up the first one. They probably spent 3-4 minutes talking to him and just making him feel like he was part of their scene. As this was his first concert, he was hooked and tells everyone how he “met the band”.
Enjoy the music of State Radio and let me know what you think. Check out their website www.stateradio.com
State Radio’s music is available on iTunes, some record stores, and on their website www.stateradio.com
Great music awaits!