These United States – Live Session #54

by That Guy on August 31, 2009

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If I had to choose one band to go on tour with, it would hands down be These United States. Over the course of the nearly 3 years that HearYa has been in existence, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a lot of great bands. These United States have that rare combination of incredible musicianship and personality that’s so hard to find in an industry filled with introspective types.

Both lead singer Jesse and drummer Robby had me and the rest of the HearYa crew rolling for the majority of their 4 song session, as evidenced by the purposefully-out-of-tune HearYa/Beer Nuts tag they recorded for us.

They rolled into Chi-town fresh off a gig in Indy, dealt with the traffic from Chicago’s Air and Water show, and made it to the studio just after 2:00. They were quite thirsty, so SafariMan and I headed to the nearest CVS for a case of Miller Lite and a twelver of Coors Light cold-activated bottles that were warm-inactivated. After a few swigs of beer, the guys were off and warming up.

Unfortunately, I’m ashamed to admit I hadn’t found the time to listen to their latest album prior to the band coming in. It didn’t take long for me to realize that these guys were the real deal and their latest, Everything Touches Everything, is easily one of the best albums of the year. It will be released tomorrow (9/1) and you should purchase it.

The guys played their hearts out for close to two hours, and by the end of the session they were drenched in sweat. We snapped a couple pics and they took off to Subterranean to open up for Lucero. Helluva set and just great guys. I walked away a huge fan – I guarantee you will too. Great session.

Exclusive: These United States -First Sight

Exclusive: These United States – I Want You To Keep Everything

Exclusive: These United States – The Important Thing

Exclusive: These United States – Study The Moon

Download the entire session as a zip.

Video: These United States – I Want You To Keep Everything

And as a side note, These United States beat music blogger, Dodge from MOKB/LaundroMatinee, at a game of pool during a stop in Indy and took his coveted trophy.‚  That same trophy is now touring with the band to celebrate said ass whooping.


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Dodge August 31, 2009 at 9:55 pm

yesh!!!! I took a whoopin’. Glad the story is spreading!

Dodge August 31, 2009 at 9:59 pm

BTW…the trophy is for third place in a woman’s B-league pool tournament.

R.J. Wall September 1, 2009 at 6:59 am

It’s not fair Dodge, we loved that trophy! I guess the trophy is now pursuing its long time dreams of life on the road with a rock band. Good lock trophy. God speed!

Shirk September 1, 2009 at 10:19 am

I wondered what that pool shark in the skirt on the top of the trophy was all about. I never actually got around to reading what was engraved on the face plate. Jesse wouldn’t let the trophy out of his sight! It was perched on top of an amp just over his shoulder during the entire session…he kept petting it between takes for inspiration.

Billiards and trophies aside, these guys were a blast to have in to the studio. Great tunes. Thanks for coming by!

Woody September 2, 2009 at 4:50 am

These guys continue to grow on me. I have really come to enjoy Everything Touches Everything and this session has only made me appreciate their music more. Well done all-around, especially Safari Man.

oz September 3, 2009 at 5:37 am

Great sesh fellas. I was hoping they’d perform The Secret Door, but I guess I’ll need to catch them in San Francisco for that.

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