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State

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Under Estimated 36

Released on August 15, 2006

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Never thought I'd see this happen. The State put out one of the greatest hardcore 7"s ever. That's right—one of the best ever. From Michigan and not getting nearly the notice that Negative Approach did, mainly due to the fact that the EP was out of print for years, until Havoc did a re-pressing. It was an ugly, in-your-face sound. Nothing posi or pleasant about it and it provided one hell of a release. There was a mediocre 12" released sometime in the ‘80s and there's also a scorching '83 demo that will finally see the light of day on the upcoming Grand Theft Audio CD anthology. That was it, until the past few years when The State began playing again, with three-quarters of the original lineup joined by a new bassist. Since they weren't that huge to begin with, it's not like some old band getting back together to cash in. It's probably based more on a desire to rage once again. Hitting middle age sucks, seeing how the world hasn't changed much since the early ‘80s also sucks. Trust me on that one. This is good therapy for a mid-life crisis, both theirs and mine. People can find that amusing or dismiss it but I'm guessing the State don't give a fuck and I certainly don't give a fuck what any condescending snot-nosed shits think. They just want to play some pissed-off hardcore punk and that's what they do here. Full-bore aggression, sputtering guitar licks, thumping rhythms and angry vocals. Preston Woodward's voice has deepened a bit with age and it makes him sound more agitated. A few of the songs from that '83 demo show up here along with the new material and there's a hardened cynicism to the lyrics and a still-hard approach in the playing. They railed against the futility of army life on "Attention" on their first EP and that returns for "Already Dead" and "Easy Victim." Meanwhile, "Christian" is succinct in its message—there's something enjoyable about hearing Preston bellow "Christian—full of shit!" Mellow out? Give in? Not about to happen. Description by Al Quint/Suburban Voice.

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Adam from Glasgow, United Kingdom 
Nov 8 2006 Rating: 4/5 Stars

Their '83 7 inch is one of the classic -in my humble opinion - USHC records of the time - hell, of any time - so this had a bit of a reputation to live up to. Would they sully their good name with a lame-o "comeback"? Thankfully the answer is a resounding "Fuck no!" There's really not that much of a difference from 23 (!!) years ago. The pace is still up there and the nasty guitar sound still intact. The raging anger continues to be a big part of the formula, too. They rail against christians, the drug war, patriotism, etc, & nail the songs in a concise & intense manner. Just goes to show that you don't have to mellow with age, musically or lyrically. A winner.





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