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Review: A Social State, “How to Get To Heaven”

No Comments 7 September 2014

Review: A Social State, “How to Get To Heaven”

“Defined by a reverence for rock, this quartet’s recent release of How to Get to Heaven offers up an interesting duality of sounds and song structure. And it’s this duality combined with slick production and confident performances that intrigues throughout the record.”

Artist: A Social State

Album: How to Get to Heaven

Genre: Rock

RIYL: Silverchair, Bad Religion, Nada Surf

A Social State How to Get to Heaven

A Social State is a curious sounding band. Defined by a reverence for rock, this quartet’s recent release of How to Get to Heaven offers up an interesting duality of sounds and song structure. And it’s this duality combined with slick production and confident performances that intrigues throughout the record.

Having not benefitted from hearing any previous material, one can only discern that the members of A Social State have been in something of an exploration mode - one minute there are shades of shoegaze and sparse progressive rock and the next there are aggressive choruses that fill out with heavier influences. In my experience, this is the best (pardon the pun) “state” of flux to be in, one that pushes musicians to new creative places and leaves things sounding slightly uncomfortable and filled with potential.

“Milk” kicks things off with an ominous and slightly tortured tone, a swift shot in the dark that gives way to the infectious “Side By Side,” a track that moves with intent. “Crawling Out of Debt” is where things begin to really pick up, and where vocalist Edward Cuozzo begins to show off more shades and colors as the rest of the band follows suit. “Unlike You” is another track that allows more versatility and musicality to shine through while laying down languid vocals and gorgeously affected guitars.

“Golden Mary” and “Aging Ego Maniac” are the two tracks that I would play for anyone who needed an introduction to A Social State. Both songs are strong stylistically, though varied in their approaches. It’s also these two tracks that provide the preview of what direction this band could take in the future; and again, the versatility and strength allow them to continue their exploration while still defying any type of pigeonholing into one genre or another.

The material as a whole on How to Get to Heaven is impressively varied while maintaining a thread of commonality with strong production and equally strong performances from each member of the band. A Social State may defy immediate genre stereotyping, but it really doesn’t matter when the music is this consistently good and easily embraced.


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