Deep State

The Path to Fast Oblivion is exactly what I was hoping the follow up to 2017’s Thought Garden would be. The Athens based quartet are still focused on delivering driving indie rock centered around crunching guitar riffs.

Taylor Chmura, Smokey DeRoeck, Michael Gonzalez, and Brandon Page are longtime friends and it shows throughout the album. The opening two tracks, The Soft Room leading into Accomplice has the album starting at a fevered pace; really building off of Thought Garden. There’s an identity building as it has a Deep State feel to it.

The album keeps chugging along with a couple of breathers including the excellent Ideals. The album concludes with the nearly eight minute Captain, a track that feels like a mix of Futurebirds and The Districts, two bands that, if you happen to enjoy, should have you running to check out Deep State.

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Deep State was a band that slipped by me during SXSW ’17. After that unfortunate turn of events, I became quite enamored with their debut Thought Garden. These guys kick out serious riffs and I am going to imagine are fantastic live. Here’s some more info via the PR squad.

Fitting somewhere between the historic rosters of indies like Merge and Fat Possum, Deep State flaunts both the speed and playful sound of typical garage rock while maintaining a deliberate tightness and control of their sound. The lyrical content of the new album goes deeper and darker than before, fitting for the current era. “Under the Gun,” explains frontman Taylor Chmura, is about “a man who has lost touch, yet is extremely narcissistic, only notices colors, inanimate objects, entitlement, hateful underneath it all. Faced with any pressure, denies accountability for anything.”

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