Beta State

Beta State

 San Francisco, California, USA
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Beta State is a 3-piece Ambient/Pop/Rock band from San Francisco, CA. Drawing diverse influences from the ambient sounds of Coldplay and Explosions in the Sky, to heavier rock acts such as Thirty Seconds To Mars and Bring Me The Horizon, to the alternative/electronic hybrids Imagine Dragons and The Neighbourhood, they bring together a unique ambient wall of sound with dynamic soaring vocals.

Biography

The story so far...

After winning several Best Local Band competitions, receiving airplay on LIVE105, getting their songs featured on both Fuse and MTV, and opening arena sized shows with acts like Green Day, Bay Area natives Beta State caught one of their biggest breaks: Recording in studio with one of rock's biggest artists, Linkin Park.

Voted by the fans, Beta State entered and won a contest to write and record an original song for Linkin Park's "LP Underground XIII" album.  The resulting song, “Change” opened the band up to a much wider audience than ever before.

After recording the song, it challenged the band to take their songwriting to the next level in a way that hadn't been done previously.

"When you have the opportunity to see how a band at that level does things, you can't help but be affected.  We learned so much about ourselves as a band and the art of making music from that session, it changed our approach on making new music.” said vocalist Matt McDonald.

Their new songs retain the atmospheric textures that have come to define the band's signature sound, but brings it into focus in a way previous recordings hadn't.

“This time around, the mentality is ‘vocals first’. We've started every new song with a complete vocal before fleshing them out with instruments.” said bassist Justin Kastner. Drummer Adrian Robison elaborated, “This is quite a change from the standard ‘jam-in-a-room-and-see-what-happens’ approach we had been so used to. It has taken our songwriting to a whole new level.”

Drawing diverse influences from the ambient sounds of Coldplay and Explosions in the Sky, to heavier rock acts such as Thirty Seconds To Mars and Bring Me The Horizon, to the alternative/electronic hybrids Imagine Dragons and The Neighbourhood, the new songs show the maturation and confidence of a band that has a bright future ahead of them.

Lyrics

Start A Clean Slate

Written By: Beta State

Start A Clean Slate

tracing all your steps to find your missing piece
the scenery has changed and so has my sympathy
yeah you've mapped it out but fear you wont arrive
you've fallen for a thrill
and slowly you fell behind

hey!
when there's so much to say
but there's nothing in place
will you
see a clean slate?

hey!
you should wait for the day
when you learn from mistakes
and you start a clean slate

you make your own bad habits,
wonder why you fail?
you cant outrun the past
let's try and find the long way home

just embrace it all
or write a brand new act
like an out of body experience
i'm screaming in your ear

when it all aligns
when the rhythm's right
will you feel that the thrill was worth the ride?

Stronger Than Gravity

Written By: Beta State

Stronger Than Gravity

i'm gonna start a fire
that lights up this city saying i've survived
what i've held inside

i'm gonna feel the air
and watch as the sky becomes an amber light
yeah this night is mine

when the lights come down
shake the salt from the ground
lift me up with the sound
ill follow through

this time, i'm not giving up
theres more to life than this
theres more than what i've weighed myself down with

this time, i'm not giving up
i'm stronger than the weight
of all the gravity i've pulled myself down with

i'm gonna lead a war
and live like someone you've never seen before
I'm aiming high

i'm gonna face my fears
and carry the weight of all my hearts desires
this is goodbye

when the lights come down
shake the salt from the ground
lift me up with the sound
that sets me free

we all have ambition
to change the whole damn world
but first I have to see the change inside me

we all have ambition
to change the whole damn world
i'm reaching out to see
who's coming with me?

When I'm Too Weak To Know

Written By: Beta State

When I'm Too Weak To Know

I leaned out, hope gone
one foot off the ledge
you found me, broken
hands stretched out for help

I gave up, when no one else would care
and there you were
to pull me out from underneath

falling
you were there to catch me
I was falling
right off of the edge

say you'll hold on when i keep letting go
say you'll be strong when i'm too weak to know that I'm wrong

if only you knew the light you put me in
its blinding, but looking in is the only way I see

you built me up from broken parts of me
I thought went missing
and now i feel no weight from gravity

falling
you were there to catch me
I was falling
right off of the edge

say you'll hold on when i keep letting go
say you'll be strong when i'm too weak to know
say you'll hold on when i'm not good enough
say you'll be strong when i'm too weak to know

I leaned out, hope gone, one foot off the ledge
you found me, broken, when I was falling

Left With The Pain

Written By: Beta State

I waited all my life for you
Your love was surely mine
You were the fire
That could last me through the night

You were the first thing on my mind
When I opened up my eyes
But I saw the light
When i noticed that

You had a problem and my love couldn't speak
Loud enough to be the man that you'd need
Now you’re begging me to stay
But you’re not worth my time

Oh, I want you to know
When you’re the fuel to the flame
You get left with the pain
Oh, now you reap what you sow
When you’re the fuel to the flame
You get left with the pain

I waited up all night for you
But my phone never rang
I couldn’t breathe, no
With bad news on the way

You swear you never touched his lips
Only felt his fingertips
Then you lay next to me
And say you’d never cheat

I know something’s going on I can’t see
Do you really think I’m that naive?
Now you’re begging me to stay
But you’re not worth my time

Oh, I want you to know
When you’re the fuel to the flame
You get left with the pain
Oh, now you reap what you sow
When you’re the fuel to the flame
You get left with the pain

And now you're begging me to stay
There will never be you and me

Oh, I want you to know
When you’re the fuel to the flame
You get left with the pain
Oh, now you reap what you sow
When you’re the fuel to the flame
You get left with the pain

Oh, when you’re the fuel to the flame
You get left with the pain

You’re left with the pain
You’re left with the pain
When you’re the fuel to the flame
You get left with the pain

You’re left with the pain
You’re left with the pain
When you’re the fuel to the flame
You get left with the pain

Discography


-Single Release (Oct 2014)
1) Left With The Pain

-Linkin Park Underground XIII (Nov 2013)
1) Change

-#Friendship (Deluxe Edition) (May 2013)
1) Weightless
2) Start A Clean Slate**
3) Stronger Than Gravity**
4) When I'm Too Weak To Know
5) Wait For You
6) Stay Awhile
7) Into The Lights
8) Carry You
9) Human
10) Knowbody Knows
11) Unravel (Bjork Cover)**
12) Start A Clean Slate (Young Science Remix)
13) Wait For You (Young Science Remix)
14) Start A Clean Slate (Indo Remix)
15) Stronger Than Gravity (Indo Remx)
16) When I'm Too Weak To Know (Indo Remix)
17) Knowbody Knows (Indo Remix)
18) When I'm Too Weak To Know (High Society Remix)
19) Carry You (On Being Human Remix)

-Bjork Cover (January 2012)
1) Unravel**


-#Friendship (EP) (December 2011):
1) Start A Clean Slate**
2) Stronger Than Gravity**
3) When I'm Too Weak To Know
4) Carry You
5) Into The Lights
6) Human


-Stars (September 2010):
1) I'm Still Alive**
2) A Place To Call My Own
3) If You Sleep Too Long
4) Right Here With You
5) You Don't Belong
6) Stars**
7) In Between The Truth And The Trees
8) I Believe
9) Take Back Your Confidence
10) When You're Gone
11) I Will Remember You**


**Denotes songs that have gotten consistent airplay from Live105 radio.

Set List

Weightless
Carry You
In Between The Truth And The Trees
Into The Lights
When I'm Too Weak To Know
Nobody Knows
Stars
Stronger Than Gravity
I'm Still Alive
Start A Clean Slate