One of the best things about doing what I do is discovering new artists. People sharing their creativity in the world and telling a story in the process. I’ve recently discovered a rock band called Stateside. Their debut EP ‘Burning Bridges’ was #30 on Itunes and they’ve toured all over Australia to make a name for themselves.
I just want to throw this out there before anybody says it…they are not trying to be Paramore. Everytime there is a new female fronted rock band they are automatically “trying to be Paramore”. I get angry for these musicians that have to deal with that on a daily basis. They work hard. They may sound similar or be influenced by other musicians but no musician is ever trying to be someone else. Otherwise, they are doing things all wrong.
Stateside’s lyrics are always well thought out and telling a story. Which, trust me, not every band does. I always appreciate the bands who put in effort into what they do. Why should people care about what you’re doing if you show us that you don’t care? This is especially true for live shows. I’ve been around the music industry for most of my life and I understand that touring schedules and lack of sleep or eating will kill you. It’s not an easy life and I get that but when it comes time to put on a show your job is to give people their money’s worth and put on the best poker face you have. I can spot a band from miles away who clearly doesn’t seem like they are having a good time at all. Even if it’s from being tired…from a fans perspective it looks like you just wanna collect a paycheque and get out of there. That’s why it’s important to ALWAYS make it look like there’s no place you’d rather be.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve been stalking Stateside’s twitter accounts. Including the individual members’ accounts. I like to get as much info from a band as I can. They seem like a bunch of sweet kids. It’s also Erin’s birthday on Thursday (the same day as her EP) so wish her a happy birthday!
You can pre-order ‘Naive’ here http://statesideaus.bigcartel.com/ and follow Stateside on social media