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.
To celebrate the album release, State Radio will kick off their North American tour on release day. Starting in Carrboro, NC, the tour will include two dates - October 26th and 27th - at the Calling All Crows' 4th Annual Northampton Halloween Weekend. The weekend includes the CAC Northampton Halloween 5K, where 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, Human Rights. Civil Rights. RIGHT NOW!
RIYL: Two Gallants, Old 97s, Rural Alberta Advantage
TRY: #4, 5, 6, 3
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