Wednesday, July 8, 2009

These United States: New mp3, New Album

[mp3] These United States: "I Want You To Keep Everything"

This solid squad of beards is Lexington, KY/Washington DC's own purveyors of cutting edge boot stomping American music, These United States. Straddling the line between folk and rock the Best Of '08 contributors' third album Everything Touches Everything, comes out Sept. 1 on Colorado-based United Interests. We've been spinning this record for several weeks right now, and for the most part, it hits right where it needs to. We can't help but feel that the larger tunes would absolutely kill live, while the more mellow songs sound better on record. Yet, this is an album with lyrical substance, which in many ways, serves as its saving point. At times, reviews and blogs often tend to disregard lyrical content (guilty here) and go mainly on gut reaction and emotion to jot down initial thoughts. Sometimes, it's better for bands that this happens. Yet, we're glad to say that with These United States their songs contain substance and value beyond simple and accessible chord structures. We haven't seen them live but the they have booked dates with Lucero and Deer Tick - promising indeed. Dates after the jump.


07/09 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex $
07/11 St. Louis, MO The Luminary - Center for the Arts
07/12 Louisville, KY Forecastle Festival
07/23 Bridgeport, CT Gathering of the Vibes Festival
07/24 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom %
07/25 Scranton, PA Phoenix Cuts (Early, all ages)
07/25 Scranton, PA The Bog (late)
07/26 Baltimore, MD Golden West
08/13 Cincinnati, OH The Southgate House Parlour
08/14 Indianapolis, IN Vollrath
08/15 Chicago, IL Subterranean*
08/16 Chicago, IL Green Music Festival*#
08/18 Milwaukee, WI Club Garibaldi
08/19 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern
08/20 Maumee, OH Village Idiot
08/21 Pittsburgh, PA Brillobox
08/22 Rochester, NY Bug Jar
08/23 Boston, MA TT The Bear's
08/24 Portsmouth, NH Red Door
08/25 Providence, RI Club Hell
08/26 Philadelphia, PA The M Room
08/27 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
08/28 Brooklyn, NY Union Hall (2 Shows, early and late)
08/29 Washington, DC Black Cat
09/12 Morrison, CO Monolith Festival
09/23 Boise, ID Downtown Summer Series
10/21 - 10/23 New York, NY CMJ

* = w/ Lucero
# = w/ Murder by Death
$ = w/ Dusty Rhodes
% = w/ Deer Tick

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