Boston omni-rockers bring their broadcast to the Ogden
Reggae/indie rockers State Radio picked the best city to kick off their State of Troy tour on Thursday: Denver. They knew it, and so did we. With everyone ready to rock and be rocked, State Radio brought their best bouncy reggae and their deepest hard rock sound. Oh, and the notorious gascan guitar.
They showed off new songs and the fun-loving, full crowd was amped to hear favorites like "Wicker Plane," "Calling All Crows" and "Arsenic and Clover." The only older song they played was "Camino." With a leader like Chad Stokes and his awesome fro, you better believe he's gonna give a good performance. His ability to play guitar while jumping and dancing is fun to watch; it's easy to tell he is passionate about his music. Chuck Fay on bass and Mike "Mad Dog" Najarian on drums added to the intensity, as well as guest member Matt Embree from RX Bandits. Embree was impressive and looked like he'd been a member all along, flawlessly jamming and hitting the driving notes home.
A surprise appearance by former Dispatch member Brad Corrigan (aka Braddigan) for the encore left the purest of Dispatch and State Radio fans completely satisfied, even if they didn't play "Right Me Up."
Opening band Princess Music left the crowd with a somewhat confused feeling. With a cello, violin, electric guitar, banjo, bass and drums, it seemed like there was too much going on with the local band. Vocals were perhaps intentionally inconsistent, but instead of sounding good, it sounded odd. However, their quirkiness was charming and the crowd reacted positively. — Taylor Coughlin