State Radio plays an engaging mix of rock, folk, punk and reggae, but the main agenda here is a pronounced emphasis on social and political activism. Like Rage Against The Machine and System Of A Down before them, State Radio roll up their sleeves as they practice what they preach. That same mindset held true for Chadwick Stokes’ previous band, the DIY succes story Dispatch. The band performs service projects in every town they visit . $1 of every ticket goes to their Calling All Crows charity. STATE RADIO once again flex that strength and sense of purpose on their third album, LET IT GO.
At a time when the term Indie-rock refers more to a guitar sound then doing anything truly independent, Stokes is an artist who has genuinely lived the credo. His band Dispatch arose from the college circuit to become an international musical phenomenon. Simmerkane II, a proper follow-up to the State Radio EP (Simmerkane I), is a marked evolution in the musician-songwriter’s creative journey. Produced by John Dragonetti (of The Submarines), the album features background vocals from Carly Simon, Matt Embree (Rx Bandits), The White Buffalo, Blake Hazard (The Submarines), and Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars “The album was initially inspired by the freight train trip with my brother and that vast underworld that exists out there,” Stokes explains. “But then it’s also about growing up on the farm and losing loved ones; a young man learning about life.”