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"Paul Gambaccini CD Review"

From : Paul Gambaccini <>
Sent : 17 July 2005 20:19:20
To :
Subject : statedancer

Hi Rob,

I have listened to your CD in its entirety. Not surprisingly, I thought "Going Down With the Sun" was best and "Metaphor for Life" next. No wonder you put them one-two on the original disc! "Strange Way Home" and "Six Percent Seagull" were also of merit.

I don't know how anybody gets anywhere, in answer to your obvious question. Everyone's path is strictly personal. Mine sure was! But what does link all success stories is a combination of sufficient talent, hard work and favourable circumstances. Some of the latter we make ourselves by making ourselves known and networking in some way, shape or fashion with people of influence who might choose to employ us if they knew us because they like to work with those they like and respect.

So just continue to, as Curtis Mayfield said, keep on pushing!

Best wishes,
Paul - BBC

"Clint Boon Inspiral Carpets Reviews Statedancer's EP"

"The record sounds like the band have been around forever. It sounds as good as anything I've ever heard out of Manchester!" Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets and Head of Music for 96.2 FM The Revolution Radio Station) - Clint Boon

"Future Looks Bright fo StateDancer"

Future looks bright for StateDancer
THESE are exciting times for south Trafford band StateDancer.

The group, which comprises members from Sale and Timperley respectively, have just signed a development deal with Chromium Records.

The Liverpool based company will release a download single on January 14 and the group will also feature on a compilation CD to be released later this year.

Manager Andy Caine is optimistic about these developments and believes a record deal could follow if the response from the record buying public is a good one. The band has even branched out into merchandise, producing everything from computer mouse mats to underwear. All these items can be purchased online, via the band's website.

Shoppers at the HMV store in Manchester can also pick up a copy of their demo CD, featuring the songs Going Down With The Sun, Metaphor for Life, The Milkman Murders and Strange Way Home.

At the time of writing, the band were about to play at the Cavern Club, a replica of the world famous venue that helped launch the career of Liverpool legends the Beatles.

While StateDancer is a Trafford band, one of its members, drummer Nicole - they like to be quoted using only their Christian names - comes to the borough via Germany. Or, as she puts it, "the German job centre." A recording engineer by profession, the pretty twenty something says there's a big difference between the UK music scene and the music scene in her native country.

"Obviously I'm not up to date with what's going on in Germany at the moment but in general bands that are massive over here, like Travis, you would see them in small venues in Germany. They play in front of 4,000 people here and they play in front of 500 people in a club in Germany. People have got different tastes. You wouldn't get so many underground bands in the charts," she says.

Rick Bowen

* Anyone interested in finding out more about StateDancer should visit the band's website at

- Sale and Altrincham Messenger


EP Demo:
Going Down with the Sun
Metaphor for Life
Milkman Murders
Strange Way Home

The Revolution 96.2 FM Clint Boon Ex Inspiral Carpets regularly plays our song "Going Down with the Sun"

BBC Greater Manchester Radio have played 10 songs on 'Michelle Around Midnight' play our songs and on Sky Digital Radio Channel 905
No cover songs performed.

Currently being played on XFM manchester radio by ClintBoon and chosen for review by a panel consisting of the Head of Sony BMG, EMI, the lady who discovered Coldplay DebsWild and SJM concerts Simon Moran. if we win we will play a high profile gig in Manchester.

Also Semi-finalists on Silk FM radio Battle of the Bands. The winners get to support Status Quo in front of 20000 fans fingers crossed!

Recently appeared on Channel M Television in manchester playing three songs from our set.

The Milkman Murders reviewed by Phil Jupitus and Paul Gambacinni who are impressed with our variety of songs and line up!


Feeling a bit camera shy


StateDancer Biography

StateDancer were formed in Manchester and have been playing together in the current line-up since March 2004.

A fan of 'singles' bands such as XTC and The Smiths, guitarist and vocalist Robert Green says he has strived to be as imaginative in his approach to songwriting as the aforementioned artists.

"I loved the way you could be surprised by each new release and have a sense that in their love of music they could be brave enough to reinvent the wheel at the height of their career."

Matt and Rob met through a local theatre, doing music and acting in local productions. Similar tastes in music kept them working on songs together over a ten-year period. They have racked up plenty of live experience between them playing in different bands as well as on their own, and supporting numerous well-known Manchester bands.

A song-writing partnership grew organically, along with friendship. Both are very enthusiastic about good songwriting and will be banging on your door to spread the Word of StateDancer.

When they met like-minded musical friends in Nicole Wiemann on drums (originally from North Germany) and Kirsty Stuart on bass (from Sale), pracising in Matthew's cellar and have continued to create interest, when they've played live ever since. Hence people fall regularly into the spirit of their music at their enigmatic gigs all over Manchester.

Amongst the band’s favourite artists are Syd Barrett, Tom Waits, Frank Sinatra, Teenage Fanclub, Gil Scott Heron, Adam and the Ants, Ben Folds, The Three o'clock, The Kinks, and the Foo Fighters.

StateDancer’s music is an eclectic mix of styles that is constantly evolving and is not easily defined.

Variety is not a dirty word!

"Pastoral quirkiness from Manchester! Psychedelic melodies canoodle with poppier elements on the woozy 'Catching Tadpoles.' As its name suggests 'The Milkman Murders' is on a definite sinister tip. The League of Gentlemen would certainly approve."
BBC Radio1 OneMusic

StateDancer are:
Matt Bolter - guitar and vocals
Rob Green - guitar and vocals
Kirsty Stuart - bass guitar
Nicole Wiemann - drums

For more information about the band and latest tour dates and downloads check out:

Contact details:
Andy Caine, StateDancer Manager
Phone: 07966237177