These United States will release their new self-titled album on June 12, 2012, via United Interests. "These United States" is the band's fifth full-length LP since its 2008 debut, and features 12 new songs recorded with Duane Lundy (Jim James, Ben Sollee, Vandaveer) at Shangri-La studios in Lexington, KY; Andrew Gerhan (Sonny & the Sunsets, Adam Arcuragi, Spirit Family Reunion) at Translator Audio in Brooklyn, NY; and other studios and cities across the country.
Written and recorded throughout 2011, with 20 outside musical collaborators from coast to coast, the album serves as a culmination of bandleader Jesse Elliott's geographical aspirations. TUS played its 800th show in its 44th state during this year, and Elliott himself visited his 49th state (Hawaii) and wrote an album track for the one he has not yet reached (Alaska). Inspired by the incredible mix of stories and people across these places, along with the breathtaking landscapes of the nation, he returned to Kentucky and New York over several sessions to longtime TUS partners J. Tom Hnatow, Justin Craig, and Robby Cosenza, and new recruit Dave Wynn, to make sense -- and sound -- of it all.
The resulting "These United States" is a rambunctious melting pot of rock-and-roll, psych pop, folk balladry, and outlaw country, a concept album that acts as a panoramic snapshot of numerous American musical styles over the past century, but still looks forward to the weird new world at the completion of the Mayan calendar. It features contributions from John McCauley of Deer Tick, Michael Nau of Cotton Jones, Matthew Houck of Phosphorescent, Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds, Ben Sollee, David Moore of Langhorne Slim, Josh Read of Revival, half the cast of Backwords, and the entire Frontier Ruckus band.
TUS will celebrate "These United States" with an April pre-release kickoff tour of the East Coast with Trampled by Turtles, followed by a June album release tour. For more information and upcoming tour dates, visit:
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"Dead & Gone" by These United States
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