The Stereo State
Although the individual members of THE STEREO STATE have been playing together for over 10 years, the band first formed in 2008 in Holyoke, Massachusetts, featuring members of McClane, Defeater, and FiveAcrossTheEyes. Last year the band released a six song EP called Crossing Canyons to critical acclaim. The album was produced by Jay Maas and released by Creator Destructor Records. This record was instrumental to establishing THE STEREO STATE as one of the most important bands playing any type of melodic punk rock today. With the success of this record and 2011's powerful full-length 'Have All My Friends Gone Deaf?' (produced by Trevor Reilly of A Wilhelm Scream) the band has built a very strong and loyal fanbase. THE STEREO STATE has a well documented history now of their energetic, honest, and entertaining live show. Their set at FEST 11 was on many top lists last year and you will not want to miss them.
The entire catalog is sure to infuse a wave of nostalgia into fans of 90's Fat/Epitaph punk rock, as well as please fans of more mid-tempo acts like Lifetime, Samiam, and Farside. However, while the band doesn't hide their influences, THE STEREO STATE has succeeded in branding a sound and presence that they can call their own: a truly refreshing and admirable quality in modern punk rock! After recording with Trevor Reilly he had the following to say about the band: "When The Stereo State came to record with me, it really felt like a party was rolling through. I could tell immediately that these guys were the best of friends and really just had the best time with each other, and it shows in the music they create. I could tell they couldnt give less of a shit about being popular or famous, all they cared about was these songs they labored over with love. I heard flashes of Bouncing Souls, Black Train Jack and even Lifetime in these jams. The honesty of east coast punk permeating every chord and drum fill and it brought me back to when i was a kid hearing those groups for the first time. Their songs were from the heart and catchy as fuck. Such a rarity these days. I am honored they let me produce this record and I am proud that we share the same home state. Timeless energetic rock music that aims for your soul, not your wallet."