These United States

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.

trophy

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I first wrote about These United States when reviewing their last album, Crimes. I said that listening to them is like meandering along the bourbon trail. You’ll taste some mainstream flavors, but you’ll also get lost along the way and sip on some home-distilled shit in some backwoods cabin. That description of the band still holds true thanks in large part to lead singer Jessie Elliot’s lazy, organic vocals. If Crimes was Jim Beam then Everything Touches Everything is akin to Woodford Reserve, offering a smoother finish. It’s one of the best albums of 2009.

The mp3 approved for posting is the first track on the album, “I Want You To Keep Everything.” Not a bad track, but the good stuff really kicks in on the next song, “Will It Ever,” with pedal steel, soaring guitars and nostalgic lyrics asking “Will it ever be this good again?” Two songs later you’ll find “Night And The Revolution,” a rocking page out of The Rolling Stones’ playbook, building with the lines “How do you think this night is gonna conclude?”

But where These United States shine is on “The Secret Door.” Elliot’s lyrics will give you chills while the band layers textures of piano, pedal steel and guitar into a palette of sound that blends to perfection. I’ll let you discover “The Secret Door” for yourself, in addition to one outstanding album. It’ll be out on September 1.

These United States – I Want You To Keep Everything

From their last album, Crimes:

These United States – West Won

Catch them on tour:

07/23 Bridgeport, CT Gathering of the Vibes Festival
07/24 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom %
07/25 Scranton, PA Phoenix Cuts (Early, all ages)
07/25 Scranton, PA The Bog (late)
07/26 Baltimore, MD Golden West
08/13 Cincinnati, OH‚ ‚ ‚  The Southgate House Parlour
08/14 Indianapolis, IN‚ ‚ ‚  Vollrath
08/15 Chicago, IL Subterranean*
08/16 Chicago, IL Green Music Festival*#
08/18 Milwaukee, WI Club Garibaldi
08/19 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern
08/20 Maumee, OH Village Idiot
08/21 Pittsburgh, PA Brillobox
08/22 Rochester, NY Bug Jar
08/23 Boston, MA TT The Bear’s
08/24 Portsmouth, NH Red Door
08/25 Providence, RI Club Hell
08/26 Philadelphia, PA The M Room
08/27 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
08/28 Brooklyn, NY Union Hall (2 Shows, early and late)
08/29 Washington, DC Black Cat
09/12 Morrison, CO Monolith Festival
09/23 Boise, ID Downtown Summer Series
10/21 – 10/23 New York, NY CMJ

* = w/ Lucero
# = w/ Murder by Death
$ = w/ Dusty Rhodes
% = w/ Deer Tick

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These United States – Crimes

by oz on November 11, 2008

The election is over, we just posted some Sam Cooke covers, the image above is from November 5th in Chicago, and there’s a buzz in these here United States. There’s also been a buzz about These United States, the band out of Lexington, KY and their September 2008 release, Crimes.

I’ve been listening to the album for the past week. Listening to Crimes is like meandering along the bourbon trail in the Bluegrass hills of their native Kentucky. You’ll taste some mainstream flavors, but you’ll also get lost along the way and sip on some home-distilled shit in some backwoods cabin. While not comprised of corn, wheat and malted barley, These United States’ is an all American blend of country, folk, and rock and roll.

Woodford Reserve, Jim Beam, Wild Turkey, Makers Mark? Take your pick. They’ll all go down a bit smoother with These United States.

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These United States – West Won

These United States – Get Yourself Home

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