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.
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.