In the wake of a lengthy barroom conversation on the glories of Krautrock and early shoegaze, David Koslowski, Nick Williams, and Shirlé Hale formed Free Electric State in January 2009, and were soon joined by Tony Stiglitz on drums. In the thriving music scene of Durham NC, the band quickly became something of an anomaly. Among the nascent community of polite indie-folk and garage revivalists, Free Electric State was all texture, noise, volume, and (yes indeed) actual rock n' roll hooks. The oddly reactionary approach proved successful, and Free Electric State became hot ticket in the North Carolina scene, eventually sharing bills with Mike Watt, Polvo, Thee Silver Mt. Zion, and Deerhunter.
The resulting album is both melancholy and joyously exuberant, and most importantly stands as a single, concise movement in the band's progression. The lyrics reflect the great deal of loss the band felt when writing the record. Vocalist/bassist Shirle Hale states "Shortly after my mother's death, we started work on our new record, as the first few songs were unfolding David & I then lost a close friend unexpectedly and 3 months later my father passed away. Also during this time period Nick lost his cousin and watched his best friend from high school lose a shockingly fast battle with cancer. The lyrics and may of the songs range from grief, blame, regret and finally a strange inevitable acceptance."
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