Born from a 10 hour bus trip between Dallas and El Paso taken by writer-keyboardist Mike Lord, Other States is as much about place as it is sound, with songs weaved out of imagined tales from abandoned towns and wild landscapes, the brutal truths and unﬁnished business of a forgotten time. Musically underpinned by their trademark ‘cowboy psych’ sound; it’s ‘60s pop turned sideways, through the kaleidoscope and into darker territory, channelling the minds of Scott Walker and Lee Hazlewood, as well as ﬁlm makers such as P.T. Anderson, and the Coen Brothers.
The ﬁrst of three desert stories from the Brighton band. ‘Both Worlds’ is a tale of deception between two companions, played out to a pulsing ‘60s garage beat, complete with angered call and response vocals, and wailing hammond licks. Having garnered approval from Clash Magazine, Louder Than War, and Echoes and Dust, Other States are continuing their bleak but entertaining commentary on the break ups and break downs of backstabbers and brawlers.
The band are continuing to create a stir in their home-town of Brighton, with regular headline slots for their cinematic and immersive live shows. Mark S. Aaron is as playful as ever in preaching mode, this time calling for retribution and vengeance from his pulpit, outraged by the injustice of it all.
15.03 The Richmond, Brighton
1.5 The Prince Albert, Brighton
1.6 The Hope, Brighton