Missouri's Old State on Touring & St. Louis's Scene
Ethos Live: Hey Old State! Thanks for joining us! Could you introduce your members and what instruments they play?
Aaron Buchanan - Vocals/Keys
Thomas "Skippy" Ryan - Guitar
Aric Huckstep - Guitar
David Fernandez - Bass
Shad Hillis - Drums
Ethos Live: Your music embodies so much sadness and grief. Your songs remind me of Brand New, Touche Amore and Turnover. What are some of your favorite heartbreaking records?
The band's favorite records are all over the place. Typically when we're all together we enjoy Turnover's Peripheral Vision, any record from Balance and Composure or Brand New and especially that new Jaws album. More people need to give love to Jaws.
Ethos Live: You released your EP Perspectives in July 2016. Can you tell us more about the creation of that EP? How have you grown and changed in the last year that you’re looking forward to sharing?
Old State: When we were writing that EP there were so many different sounds we wanted to make. We wanted to do really big spacey stuff, really dark stuff, and the slow, heartfelt stuff all at the same time. Sometimes it feels as if that EP is all over the place. When writing the structure of the songs we used 4 different tunings for 5 songs which make playing live a challenge. We definitely got really good at writing transitions in order to fill the dead space in our set. With our new music it's definitely a more consistent sound. The new songs are very dark in nature and really fun to play. All bangers
Ethos Live: What is the local scene like in St. Louis? What are some of your favorite bands in from the area?
Old State: The STL scene is great. There's tons of bands in this area and the DIY scene is really thriving. Our friends in Welcome Home are the true road warriors and hustle crazy hard. Besides them: Church Key (fun street punk), Choir Vandals (emo), Staghorn (post rock), Lobby Boxer (rock n roll), and Marriott (awkward emo) are the local jams.
Ethos Live: You’re hitting the road next week with stops in Chicago, Muncie, and Cincinnati. Anything you are looking forward to in particular during your tour?
Old State: We're pretty big gear heads who love cool pieces of gear, so we're hoping to stop by Chicago Music Exchange. Other than that our friends in Mishandled are playing our Chicago date, and Old Poet are playing the Muncie date and both those bands are amazing. And as always any chance we get we like to stop by arcades and rock some Pacman and Donkey Kong.
Ethos Live: I happened to notice that you played with the Weekend Classic. The Weekend Classic played the second Ethos Live show back in December- love that band! Would you happen to be playing with them in Indiana for tour?
Old State: Unfortunately they won't be joining us. We brought them and our friends Hold Close in for a house show when they were on tour and our friends in Chapters were kind enough to host the show.
Ethos Live: Lastly, the word ethos describes the basic morals that form one’s customs in creating their culture. Describe Old States work ethic as a band- what makes up Old State’s cultural input?
Old State: We pride ourselves in trying to do things the right way. When you're trying to book small tours, the people booking you are basically doing it out of the kindness of their hearts and those favors aren't lost on us or going unnoticed. When you see touring bands you can easily see who the "takers" (people who only care about the scene if it benefits them or their band) are and we never want to be that. We'll promote our music but we do so in a way that doesn't detract from other people's chances or success. We try and stay as humble as possible. If you like our music we appreciate it, and if you don't, that's cool too. We appreciate every opportunity we get to play music and every ear willing to give what we do a chance.
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