States are ready to launch their debut album.
At their essence, States are a band united by a profoundly intoxicating sound. The quintet’s a team of indie vets, with former members of Copeland and ex-Lydia keyboardist Mindy White holding it down on soaring, searing vocals. The band’s forceful guitar rock reminds us of Paramore, which is about the nicest compliment we know how to give — but States have a sound of their own, fleshed out by electronic touches and ’90s alt vibes. (Letters to Cleo 4eva.) “Brighter Lights,” the closing track on the band’s Room To Run debut album, is a slow-burning acoustic song that lets the band stop flooring the rock pedal.
“Brighter Lights” is one of seven (!) bonus cuts on the re-release (the band put it out themselves last year), an album containing 10 original tracks in full-on electric mode. The song takes a deep breath and lets White get quiet over a moody cobweb of acoustic guitars that we imagine would make Justin Vernon’s heart swell. Pleasantly, States is in no rush to hit a huge hook with “Brighter Lights,” building nicely to a chorus that reverberates like an echoing whisper. It’s very “Misguided Ghosts,” though there’s nothing off about it — loud or soft, States are on point. Room to Run lands on June 19 on Tooth & Nail Records. Catch them on tour this summer with The Rocket Summer.
+ Listen to States’ “Brighter Lights.”