The States

The States

 New York City, New York, USA
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The States's razor-edged political rock has been featured on ESPN, VH1, and MTV. Their award-winning songwriting (Winners, 2008 International Songwriting Competition) has been called "aggressive, melodic indie rock..." (Time Out NY).

Biography

The States's razor-edged rock has the uncanny ability to evoke Radiohead-like dreamscapes, Zeppelin-inspired bombast, and an Orwellian political sensibility...often in the same song. Their new EP, "We Are The Erasers," produced by Chris Grainger (Wilco, Switchfoot) and available September 22, is both intimate and grandiose, at home equally in an echoing arena and in your own headphones.

The band's inventive songwriting has earned accolades from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (Grand Prize Winners) and the International Songwriting Contest (Winners), and it has been featured on VH1's "The Hills," ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," and MTV's "The Real World." In July 2009 the band will film a video at the Vans Warped Tour 2009 with the John Lennon Bus.

Behind the music is an unconventional lineup: a Harvard-educated singer/guitarist (Chris Snyder), a punk/acid-jazz/prog- influenced drummer (Joe Stroll), and a sonic experimentalist bassist armed with an arsenal of fuzz pedals (Pete Connors).

Lyrics

Charm Offensive

Written By: The States

Would everyone please stop making sense? All his defenses are down. He drank so much he thinks he must be sober. Well the night's not over yet. Take back your ears and your eyes. Scarecrow on the stage, posing for his wage. His disguise is a deliberate killer, baby. Pay him for his pains. At night he stumbles like a blinded man for revelations, for inspirations. Search for a song to illuminate, illuminate this life. You know him better than that. [chorus] As the world is set ablaze, he'll sing us all to sleep. This narcotic we appreciate. The rest the night can keep. My disguise is a deliberate fiction, baby. I am not like that scarecrow on the stage, posing for his wage. My disguise is a deliberate killer, baby. Pay me for my pains.

All the Salt in the Sea

Written By: Chris Snyder

I was looking through the window of a subway for a second when I saw you.
You were beautiful asleep against the inside of the train, and then I lost you.
I have a simple question, give me a simple answer. Who are you?
Cos in the wreckage of this day it was the patterns of your face that saved my life.

I was thinking about the future and the way it's gonna be when I forget you.
By now I should know better than to fall in love with strangers.
I have nothing left except the thought of seeing you again.
But I'm a drop in the ocean, and all the salt in the sea wants to keep you from me.

No, no, it wants to take you from me...

If I pulled the news over my back and let the trains roll past.
Would destiny bring you and me together through the glass?

And all these lost connections, swallowed up by the sea.
And all this love gone wasted, swallowed up by the sea.

And I believe that you and me are connected by a string.
I hold on to it, cos I'm set adrift, and it's the only thing I've got.

And all these lost connections, swallowed up by the sea.
And all this love gone wasted, swallowed up by the sea.

All the love gone wasted, all the salt in the sea, all the time spent broken's not good enough for me. It's not good enough.
All the love gone wasted, all the salt in the sea, all the time spent broken's not good enough for me.
It's not good enough for me.

Our Time Is Up

Written By: The States

for such an unimpressive man, that was quite a vile and vicious plan
you must've always had the fingers crossed on one of your hands

you are a sophomore at heart
understudy to the ivy leaguer's part
you hitched your cart to anyone who'd give you a start

I'm sorry but it's over
I'm sorry but our time is up
remember where we left off
we'll pick it up next time, alright?
your symptoms are familiar
everything is falling into line
but there's another patient waiting patiently
and we're intruding on his time

after the dark and dirty night, there was no reason not to fight
you built machines savage and spleen
who knows who they'll listen to?
(did you want to rule the world)

//chorus

oh no, he won't say it
it's all true, there's water in the cup
no no, he won't say it
it won't stand unless he props it up

take off that crown you silly boy

//chorus

I'm sorry but it's over
I'm sorry but it's over
I'm sorry but it's over

Erasers

Written By: The States

what if you forgot all there was to know
buried your thoughts in the falling snow
woke up to a sun that had never set
woke up to a world that had never known regret

this is your prison, these are god's hands
don't get sentimental before you land
we will make you perfect, we will make you whole
we are the erasers that will clean your soul

and if your blood should refuse to flow
and if your thoughts should begin to slow
we will be there
we will be there
you will be blameless
you will be erased

good morning child you slept through the darkest storm
but we were by your side and we kept you warm
in your fever you were mad and you hit your head
the things you can't remember we'll invent instead

we will squeeze you empty and fill you with ourselves
we will take your hunger and make you satisfied again

and if the cities are swallowed by seas
and if the mountains are brought to their knees
we will be there
we will be there
you will be blameless
you will be erased

and your eyes will be like ours (tired and comely)
and your smile will be like ours (wan and lovely)
wheel her away
she wanted to change
every thought you've ever thought
every feeling in your heart
all you've known is sadness
all your heart is empty pouring out

and in the end, we fall so softly
and in the end, we fall so softly
we will observe
the start of a brand new world
you are nothing
you have been erased

The Fight

Written By: The States

I'm running riot again
I only turn on my temper for my best friends
I'm nowhere near where I thought I'd be
and life is getting out away from me

I'm not that honest these days
it's too expensive to trade in on my good name
I'm wearing grooves in this office floor
it's funny how a year turns into four

maybe there's a time, maybe there's a place
for the reckless games we play
for the thoughtless things we say
maybe I know more than I did before
but it doesn't feel that way
yeah I still get carried away

I call my mother to talk
she is walking herself around the block and
yeah mom I'm doing ok
I just had a rough day, but what I don't say:

I'm not as sure as I seem
I have a habit of subsidizing daydreams
but I'd rather feel like a fool than look like one in front of you

//chorus

mother since I've got the time
I'm gonna pray for you tonight
mother since you've got the fight
I'm gonna pray that you're alright

and since I've got the time
I'm gonna pray for you tonight
mother since you've got the fight
I'm gonna pray that you're alright

alright tonight, alright tonight

//chorus

I'm running riot again
I only turn on my temper for my best friends
I'm nowhere near where I thought I'd be
and life is getting out away from me

Bodies

Written By: The States

I am the string quartet
deckside a sinking ship
aimed for the iceberg tip
yeah we are going down

I am the kite's white string
tied to a broken wing
but for the winds I'd be chained to the dirty ground

oh baby
my star is starting to fade
your fragile body I can't replace
you know I tried to behave but
my mind is stuck in the worst place

I am the clockworks caught
before the hour is struck
my wires were crossed and cut
after the sky exploded

it's such a fruitless fight
here comes the glacial night
my claire de lune, baby light up my mendicant mind

//chorus

the swan's white neck
winter's grip
I can't sing
with all these strings
gossamer
bodies fragile hang from a thread

and if it's a fight to the death
how come no one wants to die?
and if it's my right to be cruel
who forgives me if I'm kind?
I don't care what the future may bring
I am happy in this place
one day I'll sing the song of the swan
I hope you're still my favorite face
I'll disappear without a trace
and float right through you

//chorus

my mind is stuck in the worst place
my mind is stuck in the worst place

Brightstar

Written By: Snyder

we would park
in the back of the parking lot
just to have somewhere to walk
to pick up a movie we'd fall asleep watching
wake up in the morning to coltrane or brubeck or bach

let's drive out to Lone Pine, go camping by the lake
sleep out next to Whitney, she'll put us in our place
we were born under a bright star, and all will be forgiven

so upset
why am I so upset?
god gave me everything
and he gave it to me without strings
but if there's a god he don't care what I do
so baby I need you, I need you to please be my rock tonight
oh can you, oh can you do that dance again?

//chorus

in the middle of the service, as the music played
I was looking in my brain for something good to say
don't let him fade, don't let him be erased

in the middle of the city, as the daylight sways
I'm awake inside my body but I'm miles away
some days it sets, some days it slips away

so let's forget our good names, the excuses that we gave
I know he had his reasons, but he took them to the grave
he was born under a bright star, and all we be forgiven

all will be forgiven...

Discography

We Are The Erasers (EP; 9/22/09; Genious Collective Records)
1. Our Time is Up
2. The Fight
3. Erasers
4. Bodies
5. Brightstar

The Path of Least Resistance (LP; 2007; Genious Collective Records)
1. Charm Offensive
2. New Land
3. Checkout
4. The Architect
5. Darkest Hour
6. All the Salt in the Sea
7. Black Jack
8. CCTV (I'm a Star)
9. 8x10
10. Be Good Tonight
11. God's Numbers

Multiply Not Divide (LP; 2005; Genious Collective Records)
1. 100 Years War
2. Ghost
3. Bad Magnets
4. Diplomats
5. So Near
6. Right as Rain
7. Inquisition
8. Puzzle
9. Multiply not Divide
10. Rocket Science
11. Parade

Emmett Brown (EP; 2005)
1. Multiply Not Divide
2. Lullaby
3. Parade

Modern Medicine (EP; 2004)
1. 100 Years War
2. Ghost
3. Inquisition
4. Right as Rain

Moons & Magnets (EP; 2004; Honey Records)
1. Bad Magnets
2. So Near
3. Puzzle

Set List

Our sets range in length from 20 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the show. We feature songs from both of our full-length records, as well as a few choice covers (Talking Heads, Feist, Radiohead, David Bowie, Pixies).