State Radio shares the official music video for “Take Cover” from their studio album, Rabbit Inn Rebellion (out now).
Each song on Rabbit Inn Rebellion has a unique story and "Take Cover" is no different. “Take Cover” is written about the ignorance and detachment of some when it comes to war. Taking this idea a bit further, director Chris Coats explores what happens when complacency is no longer the option. The protagonist, an androgynous female, begins in a generic suburban setting and is quickly propelled through an apocalyptic string of events that is both violent and redemptive.
State Radio’s Chad 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.
Partnering with IFC (Independent Film Channel), State Radio reveals the official music video for “Big Man” from their album, Rabbit Inn Rebellion - out now via Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records.
Of the video’s subject matter, director Michael Gill says, “the video is aesthetically inspired by dystopian sci-fi movies like Brazil and Metropolis, and it is intended to satirize the myth that the wealthiest 1% of America are 'job creators'...and to just generally indict the exploitation of the working class.”
While he’s always brought it on tour, State Radio frontman Chad Stokes is seen playing the handmade 6-string African oil can guitar, also know as a ram kiekie. A gift purchased on the streets of Capetown, South Africa, the alternative to store-bought guitars is made from a Castrol oil can, bottle tops, plastic and salvaged copper. Nicknamed “Fidel Castrol,” the guitar often appears on album tracks.
Out this week, State Radio release Live In Boston, a collection of live tracks recorded in Boston in 2010. The band is currently on tour to support the release of their latest release, Rabbit Inn Rebellion (out now via Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records).
11/15/12 - Lawrence @ Bottleneck
11/16/12 - Boulder @ Fox Theatre
11/17/12 - Boulder @ Fox Theatre
11/29/12 – Chicago, IL @ Metro Chicago
11/30/12 - Toronto @ El Mocambo
12/01/12 – Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
12/06/12 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
12/07/12 – New York, NY @ Slipper Room*
12/08/12 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
12/14/12 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair*
12/15/12 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
* Chadwick Stokes Solo Date
State Radio frontman Chad Stokes sits down with the Cesar Millan (aka Dog Whisperer) for his publication “Cesar’s Way” to discuss his new four-legged sidekick, and sometimes fourth bandmember Lefty.
On Rabbit Inn Rebellion, the track "Desert Queen" is written about the Aussie/Coyote/Chow/Wolf friend who tagged along for the train-jumping adventures that inspired the album. 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...and a dog.
Fun fact: 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.”
To catch State Radio and/or meet Lefty, see full dates below.
To Listen To The Album, Click Here: http://snd.sc/Nv0I3o
State Radio partners with Relix.com to share a Behind The Scenes look at "Big Man," current single from forthcoming album, Rabbit Inn Rebellion (Oct 22 via Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records). Produced by Michael Parks Randa and Collie Woods, the short clip includes studio footage, a brief Q&A and images that inspired the lyrics.
A song about the social and economic inequality within the financial structure, “Big Man” comes out on the anniversary of the Occupy Movement - Occupy Wall Streetreceived wide coverage one year ago today.
"The song is about the economic disparity between Wall Street and the rest of us, while referencing Icharus (greed) and Solomon (wisdom)," – says lead singer/guitarist Chad Stokes.
See below for upcoming tour dates, starting next month.
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.
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.
Dispatch & State Radio singer Chadwick Stokes presents Simerkane I and the Fall River Sybils, available now. The album is a re-release of the early State Radio EP Simmer Kane, with five additional tracks. The added tracks are a dedication to his wife Sybil, and a nod to the great Fall River. Some of the tracks ("Sybil I," "Sybil II" and "Sybil III" and "Indian Moon") were recorded in Fall River, MA. The final track, "FridaMae," is a new song written for their newborn daughter. To listen to the full album, see above.
1. Keep Sake
2. Heady Riser
3. The Waitress
4. Hopeless Tender
5. Sybil I
6. Sybil II
7. Sybil III
8. Indian Moon
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.
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
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