The States / We Are The Erasers

he States release We Are The Erasers today and are currently in the midst of their US tour… they actually played Louisville last night, poor things… Louisville on a Monday night equals no fun. Speaking of fun, here’s their first webisode from their tour stop in St. Louis this past weekend…

“Five songs from yet another band with “states” in its name. Strangely, most of those bands are pretty damned good, and these boys are no different. This is basic indie rock with a pop sheen, and the band has done its homework. There’s a slight Smiths keen to the sound, and I dig that. Cool stuff.” – Aiding & Abetting

Since we’re hitting release date today… just checking in to see if there’s any interest in covering this album in the near future… it’s a good listen! They’ve also just added their official CMJ showcase to the tour schedule (see below).


NYC’s The States released We Are The Erasers September 22nd on Genious Collective Records. We Are The Erasers is the follow up to Path Of Least Resistance released independently by The States in late 2007 concurrently sending them on a tornadic tour of the US in 2008. 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 forthcoming new album, produced by Chris Grainger (Wilco, Switchfoot), 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 MTV’s “The Hills” and “The Real World,” and ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight.” Q104.3’s Jonathan Clarke recently included The States in his list of the Top 10 New York bands. 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).

Read Hollywood Jesus’ Interview with Chris Snyder at

Oct 18 The Vibe Lounge Rockville Centre, NY
Oct 21 Village Underground New York, New York
Oct 23 Stone Church Newmarket, New Hampshire
Nov 05 Puck Doylestown, Pennsylvania

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