State of the Nation

State of the Nation is a band with a cause. They are pissed off at the U.S. and other governments because of the racial and environmental injustices that have been committed by such institutions. This isn't just a gimmick to sell records. State of the Nation really care. They've played numerous benefit shows that I've attended and they made sure the audience was aware of what the show was for and how they could make a difference. However, State of the Nation appear to be so involved in their fight for justice that their music suffers. Their self titled release on Revelation is good, but it is not brilliant. It makes me wonder if music to them is just a vehicle to get their point across. Brothers Rob and Mark Haworth have some musical history behind them. Working with bands like Farside, Gorilla Biscuits and Inside Out which also featured Rage Against the Machine's frontman Zach De La Rocha. As in the case of Rage however, the music does fall short of the cause that drives it. Wade Chamberlain

Wade Chamberlain
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