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10/23 - State Radio - 'Rabbit Inn Rebellion'

The sound of a revolution doesn’t come with a bang; it doesn’t come with a whimper. Revolution reveals itself like a song. Cultural change starts with inspiration; the desire to break from the status quo and write a new chapter. For these days of uncertainty, the Boston-based trio State Radio set the explosive soundtrack for change with their forthcoming album, Rabbit Inn Rebellion (October 23 via Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records).

These 11 tracks create a concept album, depicting a dystopia world ravaged by endless war (“Take Cover”), wanton executions (“State of Georgia”), heartless oligarchs (“Big Man”) and the unlikely love between freight train runaways (“Adelaide”). But this isn’t science fiction; these stories are true, revealing facets of the world, as it is today.

State Radio’s Chad Stokes (of Dispatch & Chadwick Stokes), Chuck Fay and Mike “Mad Dog” Najarian serve up rock n’ roll realism that weaves together stories of the downtrodden and the oppressed, but never loses its sense of hope. The album is raw and gritty, rolling with thunderous drumming and delectably grimy guitars. If there is a through line of anthemic rock, it’s because the record was crafted from drummer Mad Dog’s basement - just three guys, some amps and ideas.

“The best thing about this record is just the raw energy and the basic facts,” Stokes says. “We recorded it to tape with these old amps from the 70s and these big drum sounds in a warehouse.”

This is rock; unrefined, hard and volcanic. “There’s not much reggae or ska on this record, which is new for us,” Stokes says, “Mad Dog just crushes the drums so hard, and Chuck propels it with his bass. We were playing to their strengths. These tunes are more Zeppelin and Sabbath than ever before.”

On “Roadway Broken,” interlocking bass and guitar riffs chop away, as the drums tumble and smash behind Stokes’ howl. The chunky up-tempo grooves of “Sugarbeet Wine” seem all that more energized, when paired with its slow-burning airy interludes and sternward-arcing slide guitar. Recorded in the Boston area, Rabbit Inn Rebellion is close to home, lacing together their personal histories and convictions.

With these songs, State radio crafts a narrative of where the world is going, and where it has been. If these songs sound like road trip music, it’s because much of it was written on the road…or to be more precise, on the rail. Between projects, Stokes decided to hop on the trains, the same way modern gutter punks and age-old hobos have traversed the country. Stokes and his brother rode from coast to coast stopping off in cities and towns, picking up stories.

“My brother Willy and I were jumping freight trains across the country and stopped in this town in Arizona,” he says. “I ended up getting back on the train with a dog, and he ended up getting back on the trains with a girl, Adelaide. We made it out to Sacramento, where we got arrested. But, the whole story is based on this crazy love that Willy and Adelaide had for each other and then their ultimate break-up.”

On “Desert Queen,” Stokes divulges his own love affair with his new four-legged sidekick, Lefty, who tagged along for their adventures. Rumor has it, Lefty has rocker roots too; he’s descended from the Grateful Dead’s touring dog, Karma. “He was given to me by a Choctaw Indian man called Toothless Donny near Flagstaff, Arizona. We bonded right away.”

With Calling All Crows – the band’s non-profit organization aimed to mobilize musicians and their fans to create change through music and service - State Radio interacts with fans in local service projects in the cities they tour. They meet the people who buy their records, while giving back to their communities. “We’ve never had major label help,” Stokes says, “we get together with fans at protests or do service projects between shows. It’s never been a top-down kind of thing, it’s always been from the ground up.” Founded in 2008, Calling All Crows has raised over $250,000 to empower women in Sudan and Afghanistan and invested more than 17,000 hours of service in local communities and across North America and Europe.

Action is hardly a new concept for the members of State Radio. Before the band, Mad Dog volunteered as mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters, while Fay was and continues to be a powerful voice for Instant Runoff Voting (or Rank Choice Voting) and comprehensive election reform across the country. How’s Your News?, a film project created by filmmaker/author Arthur Bradford and Stokes while working at a camp for adults with disabilities, was picked up by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for a run on HBO and MTV. On tour, State Radio have joined with Amnesty International to expose the injustices and improprieties of the legal system, worked to minimize wildfire danger by removing invasive plants from areas in California, raised money to support hundreds of Afghan women with shelter and education and have partnered with Oxfam America to organize home run derbies and 5K road races. Most bands have touring schedules. State Radio has an action calendar.

Organic musicality paired with socio-political lyrics, Rabbit Inn Rebellion is State Radio’s most urgent record yet. It’s a hopeful antidote to the plague of cynicism, a metaphoric candle lighting a world gone dark.

“We didn’t care if it was little messy or not perfect, if the energy and the driving nature and sense of urgency was in it, then we would go for it. That’s what carries the album,” says Stokes. “This is totally a full steam ahead, pedal-to-the-metal album. You can feel the blood coursing through it.”

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State Radio Shares "Big Man," Marking The One Year Anniversary Of The Occupy Movement; Available To Download At RollingStone.com

Following the announcement of their forthcoming album - Rabbit Inn Rebellion (out October 22 via Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records) – State Radio partners with Rolling Stone to reveal their latest single, “Big Man.” The track is one of this week’s featured “Daily Downloads”; click HERE.

As the largest international protest, The Occupy Movement inspired the story behind “Big Man.” A song about the social and economic inequality within the financial structure -- with a shout out to the late Mohamed Bouazizi (the Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire) as well as references to Icharus (greed) and Solomon (wisdom) - “Big Man” comes out one year after Occupy Wall Street received wide coverage on September 17, 2011.

"With the one year anniversary of The Occupy Movement approaching, I'm proud of our contingent here in Boston on the front lines. The song is about the economic disparity between Wall Street and the rest of us, while referencing Icharus (greed) and Solomon (wisdom). Playing at Boston's Dewey Square was a dream for me. I was so honored to be there, let alone play music, for our brothers and sisters who are making a stand against injustice and corruption," – says lead singer/guitarist Chad Stokes.

State Radio Shares Lyric Video For "Take Cover" From 'Rabbit Inn Rebellion' (October 23); Fall Tour Dates Included

Today State Radio shares with fans the lyric video for “Take Cover," the latest single from their forthcoming studio album, Rabbit Inn Rebellion - out October 23 via Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records.  Track listing below.

Each song on Rabbit Inn Rebellion has a unique story and "Take Cover" is no different. "Take Cover" is a song about how some people are disconnected from war and their complacency in their ignorance; while touching on the personalized toll of war and how a wife does not recognize her husband's face (emotionally) despite him trying not to let war change him.

State Radio is heading back to Northampton, MA on October 26th and 27th for the Calling All Crows' 4th Annual Northampton Halloween Weekend. The weekend of music wouldn’t be complete without the CAC Northampton Halloween 5K. On October 27th, State Radio fans and Calling All Crows supporters take to the streets of downtown - in costume - for a fun walk/run to support CAC’s new marriage equality campaign. Proceeds from this year’s race will go to support Human Rights. Civil Rights. RIGHT NOW!

Recently announced, the band's North America tour will also be in support of Human Rights. Civil Rights. RIGHT NOW! See dates below.

State Radio To Release 'Rabbit Inn Rebellion' Oct 23; Announces Fall 2012 Tour

Following the release of latest single, “Take Cover,” State Radio announces details to their forthcoming studio album, Rabbit Inn Rebellion - out October 23 via Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records. To listen to selections from the album, see above.

State Radio’s Chad Stokes (of Dispatch & Chadwick Stokes), Chuck Fay and Mike “Mad Dog” Najarian serve up rock n’ roll realism that weaves together stories of the downtrodden and the oppressed, but never loses its sense of hope. Demonstrating the band’s versatility, Rabbit Inn Rebellion is raw and gritty, rolling with thunderous drumming and delectably grimy guitars, moving away from the previously reggae- and ska-tinged productions on 2009's Let It Go.

Each song on Rabbit Inn Rebellion has a unique story. These 11 tracks create a concept album, depicting a dystopia world ravaged by endless war (“Take Cover”), wanton executions (“State of Georgia”), heartless oligarchs (“Big Man”) and the unlikely love between freight train runaways (“Adelaide”). But this isn’t science fiction; these stories are true, revealing facets of the world, as it is today. In some cases, the stories are ripped straight from newspaper headlines, e.g. the “love” story between a man and a sheep on the Black Sabbath-like “Black Welsh Mountain." Other notable highlights include “Desert Queen” - a raucous song about Stokes’ four-legged friend, a descendant from Grateful Dead’s touring dog Karma.

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State Radio Launches 4th Annual Halloween 5K; Shares New Single, "Take Cover"

State Radio is heading back to Northampton, MA on October 26th and 27th for the Calling All Crows' 4th Annual Northampton Halloween Weekend. As part of the announcement, State Radio shares “Take Cover,” the latest single from their forthcoming studio album, Rabbit Inn Rebellion (Fall 2012).

The weekend starts when Chad Urmston (Dispatch, Chadwick Stokes) takes the stage for a solo acoustic set at The Iron Horse Music Hall and continues the next night with State Radio at Calvin Theater.

The weekend of music wouldn’t be complete without the CAC Northampton Halloween 5K. On October 27th, State Radio fans and Calling All Crows supporters take to the streets of downtown - in costume - for a fun walk/run to support CAC’s new marriage equality campaign. Proceeds from this year’s race will go to support Human Rights. Civil Rights. RIGHT NOW!

For more information, please visit:
http://www.stayclassy.org/northampton/events/northampton-halloween-5k/e18469

State Radio Shares "Behind The Scenes" Footage From Upcoming Studio Album

Premiered At ARTISTdirect.com, State Radio shares behind-the-scenes footage as they record "Roadway Broken," from their forthcoming studio album. 

State Radio band members are road veterans, not only as a headlining act but also having previously shared the stage with Michael Franti, Dave Matthews Band, Tom Morello’s The Nightwatchman and most recently, The John Butler Trio.  State Radio performed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention alongside Rage Against The Machine.

"Roadway Broken" is about a mother searching for food for her children after the 2010 earthquake, and is available as a free download. There are several ways for fans to get the song: 1) tweet about the song, 2) tweet about donating to Haiti, 3) share a message to Facebook about the song and Haiti and/or 4) buy it at Bandcamp for $1. Half of all proceeds will be donated to Stand With Haiti: a Partners In Health service organization to provide health care, clinical and social support and rebuild and reinforce the public health systems in Haiti.

State Radio Heads To Europe; Invites Fans To Join Them On The Road

State Radio - "Roadway Broken" [Free MP3 at stateradio.com] by nettwerkmusicgroup

It's been almost two years, but State Radio will be crossing the pond this May to play nine shows in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The band will be playing favorites as well current track, “Roadway Broken,” from their forthcoming full length album.



Calling All Crows is also looking for volunteers to serve on Alternative Break Tour 7 in Germany! Alternative Break Tours are unique volunteer trips for music fans looking to create change through hands-on service and activism. Volunteers will travel together in a sleepervan through Frankfurt, Bochum, and Hamburg; volunteer with some incredible NGOs each day; and catch State Radio on stage each night! For more information, please visit www.callingallcrows.org/abt-application

European tour dates:

22 May - Vienna, Austria @ Flex
23 May - Munich, Germany @ Backstage Halle
24 May - Zurich, Switzerland @ Dynamo
26 May - Frankfurt, Germany @ Batschkapp
27 May - Bochum, Germany @ Zeche
29 May - Hamburg, Germany @ Knust
30 May - Berlin, Germany @ Lido
31 May - Koln, Germany @ Gloria
01 June - Stuttgart, Germany @ Universum

State Radio Offers Free Download To New Track, "Roadway Broken"

As part of the ongoing earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti, State Radio shares a new track with fans, “Roadway Broken.”

The song is about a mother searching for food for her children after the 2010 earthquake, and will be available as a free download on Tuesday, December 20. There are several ways for fans to get the song: 1) tweet about the song, 2) tweet about donating to Haiti, 3) share a message to Facebook about the song and Haiti and/or 4) buy it at Bandcamp for $1. Half of all proceeds will be donated to Stand With Haiti: a Partners In Health service organization to provide health care, clinical and social support and rebuild and reinforce the public health systems in Haiti.

For more information on “Roadway Broken,” visit: http://aktfiles.com/state_radio/splash/
For more information on Stand With Haiti, visit: http://www.standwithhaiti.org/haiti

State Radio will soon be announcing 2012 touring plans, including dates in Europe and the US. In the meantime, bandmember Chad Stokes is prepping for a handful of west coast solo dates and Dispatch’s first jaunt to Europe. See below.

Amnesty International Streams 'Chimes Of Freedom,' Featuring State Radio

State Radio is set to contribute their rendition of Bob Dylan’s “John Brown” to Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan Honouring 50 Years Of Amnesty International. In honor of Human Rights Day on Saturday, December 10, Amnesty International will premiere Chimes of Freedom on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/amnestyusa). The 4-disc collection – set for release on January 24, 2012, in North America and January 30 internationally – contains 76 newly recorded Bob Dylan songs by more than 80 artists.

Individuals who “Like” Amnesty International USA on Facebook will be able to stream the entire collection for a 24-hour period beginning Saturday at 11 a.m. EST/8 a.m. PST.

State Radio Returns To The Road; Launches 3rd Annual Holloween 5K

Starting October 29th, State Radio will be touring the east coast with special performances from Massachusetts to DC, encouraging social awareness within the local and global communities.

To kick things off, the band and their fans will walk the Northampton streets in costume. That is, before State Radio's Halloween show at the Calvin Theater, band members and hundreds of fans from throughout the Northeast will participate in the 3rd annual Calling All Crows’ Northampton Halloween 5K. This zany, fun run/walk -- in costume through the streets of Downtown Northampton, Massachusetts -- will help Calling All Crows raise funds to support 50 Afghan women with shelter and education for one year. For more information, please visit: http://callingallcrows.org/2011-nh5k/

Last week, State Radio shared a live performance video of their song, “State of Georgia.” The song is written about death row inmate, Troy Davis, set to be executed by the state of Georgia tomorrow, September 21st. Davis has been on death row for 18 years and has received three stays of execution, twice coming within 24 hours of his death, despite a strong claim of innocence that has never been heard in a court of law. Davis was convicted on the basis of witness testimony - 7 of the 9 original witnesses have since recanted or changed their testimony. Watch it above.

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