State Radio @ Wakarusa 2010
Has it ever happened to you that you find a band that is the perfect fit for your taste in music and personality, but you go years before the realization hits you in the face and makes you wonder why you have never been to one of its concerts and don’t have the full discography in your music library? I ask you, because I really hope I’m not alone in this. It’s exactly what happened to me with State Radio at Wakarusa.
Continue reading and see the photos after the break.
Words and Photos by B “Café con Leche” Gutierrez
OK, so you might be wondering why it’s taken me almost two months to share this with you. Well, it’s because the Wakarusa show was just the start point. That show brought me to the moment where I questioned where I’ve been all these years without this music. Coming back, I looked up what State Radio music I had in my library and found only two songs, “Camilo” from their Us Against The Crown album and “Calling All Crows” from Let It Go. The latter I had because it came on a sampler CD on a magazine. Both of the songs were on my top rated, but it all made me wonder why I hadn’t given this band the attention they got from me at the festival. So I started getting their music little by little, just so I could see if it was real love or just the intoxicating effect that live music has on me. Well, I’m writing this to tell you it was love.
The Boston trio is made up by Chad Stokes (guitar, lead vocals), Chuck Fay (bass, vocals) and Mike “Mad Dog” Najarian (drums, vocals). Their lyrics carry a politically charged viewpoint, while instigating action. And these guys walk the talk. They’re just as busy as a service group, than as a band. Have you heard of Calling All Crows? It’s the band’s social action platform to mobilize musicians and fans to promote human rights.
State Radio‘s fusion of Rock, Punk, and Reggae harmonies had me happy the night of the show. But it was the powerful message in the lyrics I heard what brought about the aforementioned realization and what is keeping me interested in their music. One of the songs that instantly got to me, early on my Post-Waka journey of State Radio music discovery was “Indian Moon.” Go listen to it. My favorite part is:
And I’ll stand on your shoulders
To watch us grow older
I can see us far along the road
As the trail grows deeper
you’re my giver, my keeper.
Laughter for years untold.
And, blame it on my Third-World experiences if you’d like, but “Bohemian Groove” makes my heart pump faster and my voice to get louder with the words:
It’s a peculiar situation
When the leaders of the wealthy nations
Don’t know all the damage they’ve done.
The Revival Tent at Wakarusa was full of very committed fans that Sunday night, fists up in the air, singing to anthems like “Calling All Crows” and “Gang of Thieves.” And while I am still wondering why I wasn’t already one of those fans that Sunday evening, I know I’ll be ready next time I see them. For now, enjoy the photos I got that night.