State Shirt sculpts fiery, intense indie rock anthems for the wondering, wandering and hopeful.
Venturing wildly into the farthest corners of heavy-hearted American landscapes, State Shirt’s music displays vivid, gripping stories of nostalgia, despair and hope. From Southern California’s droning and faceless San Fernando Valley to the snowy back roads of Western Massachusetts. Steeped in a cycle of inescapable, mind-numbing full-time jobs, State Shirt relies on hand-built loops, neglected instruments and riveting vocals to artfully describe captivity in a familiar never-ending cycle: work, drink, sleep, repeat.
But, through it all, a glimmer of hope shines.
From a modest bedroom sanctuary devoted to writing and recording, sparkles of surreal, melancholic melodies bubble up. Voltage runs through a collection of dusty pedals, guitars and electronics to deliver This Is Old, State Shirt’s deeply textured second album, a set of swirling and burning indie-tronic statements proving that monotonous lives can produce exceptional results.
not working, cross country trips, beer, driving too fast, hanging out with my dogs, fresh air, beer, drinking, depression, fear, hope.
sebadoh, radiohead, hayden, neil young, nick drake, drive like jehu, death cab for cutie, beck, low, crowded house, helio sequence, hot snakes, postal service, elliott smith, pinback, my bloody valentine, slint, swans, maximillian colby, sufjan stevens, toad the wet sprocket, subtle, 13 & god, nada surf, the cure, dj shadow, aesop rock, jawbox, ultravox, godflesh, UNKLE, the velvet teen, converge, iannis xenaxis, john cage, gyorgy ligeti, steve reich, tiger lou, new order, tom waits, blur, john fahey, mogwai, unwound, fugazi, deerhunter, red house painters