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State Radio

The mixture of indie rock songwriting, socially conscious lyrics, and roots reggae rhythms has long been a staple in the jam band world, and State Radio delivers on all counts. A Boston-based trio led by singer and primary songwriter Chad Urmston (a former member of Vermont jamsters Dispatch), State Radio largely managed to avoid the usual post-Phish clichés, injecting a punk-influenced sound and politically charged viewpoint while staying true to the tenets of the band's chosen style.

Urmston, who disbanded Dispatch at the height of its popularity in 2002, formed State Radio later the same year. Focusing exclusively on guitar and vocals instead of the instrument switching he was previously known for, he brought in second guitarist Pete Halby, bassist Chuck Fay, and drummer Mike Greenfield to round out the lineup. After the exploratory debut EP Flag of the Shiners was released by Fenway Recordings in late 2002, State Radio went on a temporary hiatus throughout 2003 as Urmston recovered from throat surgery. Returning to active duty in 2004 as a slimmed-down trio with new drummer Brian Sayers, State Radio followed a second EP, Simmer Kane, with the release of 2006's Us Against the Crown. Another personnel change occurred before State Radio toured in support of the album, with drummer Mike Najarian replacing Sayers.

The sophomore effort Year of the Crow followed in fall 2007, bringing with it an emphasis on louder guitars and sociopolitical themes. State Radio reinforced such themes by launching service projects in each city the band visited, and Urmston briefly reconvened Dispatch for a three-night charity performance at Madison Square Garden, with funds going toward Zimbabwe relief. State Radio maintained such political awareness on 2009's Let It Go. ~ Stewart Mason, Rovi
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i got kicked out of a concert for drinking underage and Chad saw me in the back and let me follow them in the back so i could watch the show from the backstage so freakin cool
Bobonnit is a tool he don't know what good music is ur a joke
What a joke this group is. No talent hacks trying to glom on to Dylan's music. Thumbs down
whiteyvalent i n
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be
whereischip
dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually works
LOVE State Radio!! Saw them live in Boulder, drove eight hours to get there to see them WORTH IT.
The Story Of Benjamin Darling (Part 1) is such a great song, I freakin' love State Radio/Dispat c h
dirtyalton
Chadwick is a pompous self indulgent prick who thinks he is above every American, including his fans. Los Angeles will always boycott his bands!
I love state radio but i wish i could have seen dispatch play live in concert!
Good stuff!
What is this noise ?
makelhatin
f**k all yall mac dre is da best11
saw them at The Greek in Berkeley in June! Jammin'! got to meet & Greet too! was amazing! they're on the lineup for the Dave Matthews Band Caravan 9.16-18 on Governor's Island, NYC! i'll be there!
Dispatch got together for a reunion tour this year. I saw them in Chicago - fanfu&%ingta s t i c . Chad also does some solo work on the side and recently released his own Simmer Kane II album.
leftover_ska
Great. F**king. Music.
I love State Radio! My favorite song is Inidan Moon.I also thought that Chad left Dispatch a while ago to form State Radio. But then on the TV the other day they had a commercial for a Dispatch concert her in Colorado. Is Chad playing in both bands?
shanleblanc0 4
I was at one of the Madison Square Garden concerts during the summer of 2007. It is the best concert I've ever been to. Love Dispatch and State Radio :)
waitress is the best song... all of them are really good tho.
I love this band something about the lyrics and rhythm section speaks deep down into my soul
benjaminpign a t e l l i
on the Dispatch page it says they disbanded amicably in 2003, but on this page it seems to say 2002. Dispatch and State Radio rock.
fredthebug7
State Radio or Dispatch, Chad Urmston's work is inspiring.
why dont they have the song "keepsake" on here.... that song is so phenomenal.
cpratt204
<3
I love Dispatch and so I knew I would love State Radio, "Camillo" to this day is still one of my favorite songs ever.
I know i've already commented, but I can't help but rave about their music. Every song has a different powerful message, and different beets. They are my #1 band!
They are amazing!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Based on the suggestions of some on Pandora, I checked this band out. I love them so thanks. Going to see them on Feb 18th and I think it will be a good show.
lol i met Chad from State Radio, they were opening for 311. i was just talking to him for a bit when he was on his way to the back, he came by the audience just to pass by, only i noticed haha. i didn't even realize Chad was from Dispatch til me friends told me afterward haha. great talent.
I don't know Slightly Stoopid, Sublime, or the Dave Matthews Band that well, but from what I've heard on Pandora none of them - and not Jack Johnson either - is very similar to State Radio. Maybe that's because State Radio has such a unique sound and blend of many genres, but I can't find anything approaching them. They're definitely not the mellow rock of Jack Johnson; I don't know what was going on with whoever said that.
Maddog is a bomb-a$$ drummer.
everyone misses dispatch
these guys have a great sound, but im still missing dispatch
skycook
Skip your function! State Radio kicks!
they are giving a free concert in bloomington , where i live, and i have a stupid school function. FML
when you were only an ocean was amazing. i gotta find it.
I am pumped tonight is the show. WOOOOOOOOOOO O O O O O O O O h !
seeing them Feb. 18th. i'm soooo pumped I love these guys. they almost live up to Dispatch. great band
Yeah man, I just saw these guys open up for Rebelution last Sunday 1-18 @ the House of Blues Anaheim CA...they were danm good! Rebelution of course just took the show, as they usually do.
I love Dispatch and all of the members' current spin offs, but I gotta say Urmston comes out on top with State Radio. These guys are awesome. Can't wait to see them in Atlanta in February!!!
their music is not the average crap you here on the radio. the lyrics accually have meaning...fi g u r e that
See these guys open for Rebelution Jan. 15th @ the Hollywood House of blues!! see ya there!
weavert227
followed these guys around for three shows in four nights last fall. definitely three of the best nights of my life. met all the guys and we got a shout-out :) incredible memories! great guys, and they put on such an amazing show. can't wait to see them play again!
just went to a concert in VT. they are probably the best band ive seen live
you all have to chek out dispatch, and bradigan.. this is where thes guys came from...
love all there music
I love State Radio! My favorite song is Indian Moon!!!! There other's are great too!
O.A.R and Slightly Stoopid both have a similar reggae rock feel to it, as does some of jason mraz stuff.... other artists you might want to check out: citizen cope, g.love & special sauce, ben harper, john butler trio (specificall y the song 'zebra') and spoon
Anyone know any other bands with a similar sound? The bands they list are completely off. I haven't been able to find any bands or song writers with Chad's talent but I'm always looking.
I love State Radio! They are an amazing band! They have great musical talent!
Why do the "Similar Artists" have absolutely nothing in common with State Radio?
I got really excited about the prospect of more bands like SR and yet all the ones listed are completely different.
SR is great. If you loved Dispatch, you'll love this. Chethro takes his classic Sublime-meet s - D M B flavor, adds more distortion and a little punk, and creates magic. Check it out if you love reggae and rock, Dispatch, or an interesting twist on the typical hippie music fare.
woo first comment, seen these guys quite a few times and its some of the best music I've heard in a very very long time

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