Rok Lok 25
Released on September 1, 2006
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United States grew up together on Long Island. We played in bands, and hung out at all night diners, subsisting on coffee and conversation. Some of these bands were The Insurgent, Sometimes Walking Sometimes Running, Scent of Human History and the Assistant. Our bands toured the country multiple times, and each put out small presses of vinyl. We met new people, lost a ton of money and learned a lot. In 2004, we all emigrated to Brooklyn. The idea was to take the elements of our old bands that we valued, and combine them to make playing music still relevant and exciting. So, with this thought of interesting, weird, fucked up noise meeting thoughtful insights and song oriented lyrics, we started writing songs. Like the “good old days,” except those days always could have been a lot better anyway, so here’s to moving on, in keeping with playing and working with similarly minded people who need this music to keep going. United States wonderfully paints a tuneful portrait of city life channeled through eight fiery, jagged anthems reminiscent of Fugazi, and “Sister” era Sonic Youth. Divorce Songs is a document of the band’s lives and experiences within a concrete jungle, an experience tied into the albums music as well as it’s vibrant cityscape artwork and aesthetic. CD pressing on Iron Pier.