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State of Shock
Life, Love and Lies
Released June 19, 2007
4/5

Considering that I am not a big fan of the current radio hit "Money Honey", I was surprised to find that I actually enjoyed this CD. Despite the fact that the single is my least favorite song on the album, it is still the kind of music that I can listen to, sing along to, and essentially, put up with. Each song is unique, with a variety of different tempos. Lead vocalist Cameron Melnyk succeeds in giving their songs a distinct sound, different from the vocals of otherwise similar bands. Their music is never boring, and, although it is not overly "poppy" will not put you to sleep at all. Personal favorite tracks are "Hearts that Bleed", "Best I Ever Had", and "Honeymoon's Over". Do not judge this band based on what the radio plays, the album does them more justice. - Kelowna Daily Courier


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Life, Love & Lies - 2007
Guilty By Association - 2004 (re-released 2007)

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Since the release of ‘Money Honey’, the first single from their sophomore album ‘Life, Love & Lies’, STATE OF SHOCK have become the story of the year at Canadian radio from Victoria to St. John’s. ‘Money Honey’ has won the band a Canadian Juno Award Nomination for New Group of the Year, two Canadian Radio Music Awards in the category of Best New Group for both Rock and CHR formats, as well as a Canadian Indie Music Award for Favourite Single of the Year. The single has reached the platinum sales mark for digital sales in Canada and the band is enjoying a top-ten slot at Much Music and rock radio with its second single “Hearts That Bleed.”

Pretty heady stuff for a band that a year ago was wondering what the future held. They believed in themselves and made a commitment to each other and to the music that has brought them to this point. Investing all the money they made in their day jobs as well as all the credit they could get takes a serious amount of courage. Even with fancy computer programs and home recording equipment it still takes a lot of money to record an album as good as ‘Life, Love & Lies’. Top producer Jeff Dawson and great studios like the legendary Mushroom/Hiposonic & Bryan Adams’ Warehouse are in great demand and don’t come cheaply. One listen to the resulting album, though, proves it was worth it. ‘Life, Love & Lies’ is full of great Pop/Rock songs with double hooks, wicked guitar lines and a driving bottom end that makes you move, even when you’re sitting down.

Cordova Bay Records believed as well. As soon as they heard the album they set about wooing the band and eventually an agreement was reached. STATE OF SHOCK and Cordova Bay Records are a great partnership. Shortly after the release of ‘Money Honey’ to radio, word of a possible tour with Nickelback reached the band and they set about winning that opportunity. The boys from Nickelback came to the ‘Life, Love & Lies’ CD release party in Vancouver to see them play and before the night was over, Chad could be seen on the dance floor singing along to ‘Money Honey’ and the gig was theirs.

Two weeks after ‘Life, Love & Lies’ was released they set off for St. John’s to begin six weeks opening for Nickelback on all of their Canadian tour dates. Additionally, they played every club and hideaway along the road including the high profile gig at Sarnia Bayfest, appearing as the set up for Aerosmith in front of 27,000 people.

Catch STATE OF SHOCK in performance and they’ll show you what weeks of road hardening; playing the big and little stages across Canada can do to a band. Don’t miss it.