DEEP STATE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM THOUGHT GARDEN
OUT APRIL 14, 2017 VIA FRIENDSHIP FEVER, PRE-ORDER NOW
FIRST SINGLE “NO IDEA PT. II” PREMIERE VIA STEREOGUM
JANUARY/FEBRUARY U.S. TOUR DATES
“The song is frenetic and anthemic, the energy immediate in everything from Chmura’s airy yelp to guitars that burst like sparks from a railtrack…they’re full of existential introspection over how far we’ve let our identities erode.” – Stereogum
Athens, GA’s Deep State will release their sophomore album Thought Garden on April 14, 2017 via Friendship Fever, a new Sacramento-based label distributed by House Arrest/Fat Possum. The foursome – Taylor Chmura (guitar, vocals), Christian Deroeck (bass), Michael Gonzalez (drums), and Ryan Gray Moore (guitar) – premiered the first single off the album, “No Idea Pt. II,” this morning via Stereogum, and the track can also now be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/friendshipfever/no-idea-pt-2. Thought Garden is also now available for pre-order in the Friendship Fever webstore here.
Thought Garden is a thoughtful and cathartic listen that shoots straight from the gut, head, and heart. Across the album, Chmura examines inward frustrations at the things that exist in your mind and work against you, in search of a sense of self-resolution. Thought Garden captures the raw energy of a band being a band, recorded live over two days last January in Athens’ Chase Park Transduction studio with Drew Vandenberg, who has worked on albums by Of Montreal, Deerhunter, Porcelain Raft, and Mothers, among others.
Deep State formed in Athens, Georgia not so long ago, a group of friends from bands, college, restaurant jobs: Moore was getting a master’s degree in guitar performance; Chmura wanted to form an aggressive/cathartic/punk band that was undeniably catchy. Melodies were floating around constantly in Chmura’s head until the noise became too much. He asked his friends for a hand fleshing out his ideas, and lo and behold, everything meshed in a beautiful way. The songs finished themselves. As the band tells it, Moore, Gonzalez, and Deroeck are the pros, and the most amateur musician in the band fronts it. A memorable, moment-producing formula. A full track listing and cover artwork are below.
Deep State are currently on a U.S. tour, playing next tomorrow night, January 25th, in Houston, TX. The dates will take the band throughout the southwest and California before wrapping up in Cleveland, MS on February 11th. A current itinerary is below.
Thought Garden track listing:
- No Idea Pt. II
- Death Waltz
- Thought Garden
- Heavy Lunch
- Nothing Speaking
- Idiot Waster
Deep State tour dates:
JAN. 25 HOUSTON, TX SUPER HAPPY FUN LAND
JAN. 26 AUSTIN, TX HOTEL VEGAS
JAN. 27 SAN ANTONIO, TX LIMELIGHT
JAN. 29 TUCSON, AZ THINKTANK
JAN. 30 PHOENIX, AZ TRUNK SPACE
FEB. 1 COSTA MESA, CA THE WAYFARER
FEB. 2 SAN FRANCISCO, CA MAKE OUT ROOM
FEB. 3 CHICO, CA MALTESE BAR & TAP ROOM
FEB. 4 SACRAMENTO, CA CAFÉ COLONIAL
FEB. 6 LOS ANGELES, CA HARVARD AND STONE
FEB. 8 FLAGSTAFF, AZ COTTAGE HOUSE
FEB. 11 CLEVELAND, MS HEY JOE’S