These United States

These United States surrender themselves to unbridled rock and roll exuberance: ringing guitars, thundering drums, desperate yearning bordering on hope. By turns larger-than-life and disarmingly intimate, this is folk in the truest sense – a record of the moment, of the cultural and emotional forces that animate everyday existence somewhere down below the headlines. (But never apart from them.) And These United States play it the way folk was meant to be played: hard, fast, big, slow, long, loud, loose, at last unburdened. They play like they mean it. Like there’s never been a better time to be alive.

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Over the last several years These United States has played 600 shows, released four albums and gained the support of NPR’s All Things Considered, World Cafe, and Mountain Stage, Spin, Paste, Filter, NY Times, Village Voice, Brooklyn Vegan, JamBase, The Onion, Daytrotter, My Old Kentucky Blog, KEXP, KCRW, WXPN, and WFUV. Festival highlights include: Lollapalooza, High Sierra, Pickathon, Glastonbury, Mt. Jam, XPoNential, Joshua Tree, Celebrate Brooklyn, and Forecastle.

These United States released its self-titled album on June 12, 2012 with United Interests. Written and recorded throughout 2011 with 20 outside musical collaborators from coast to coast, the s/t release is aptly named serving as a culmination of bandleader Jesse Elliott‘s geographical aspirations. These United States is the quartet’s 5th studio album to date and features collaborations with 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, and all of Frontier Ruckus.

Recorded with Duane Lundy (Jim James, Ben Sollee, Adam Arcuragi), the LP is a rambunctious melting pot of rock-and-roll, psych pop, folk balladry, and outlaw country. It’s 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. Inspired by the incredible mix of stories and people across these places, along with the breathtaking landscapes of the nation, Elliott returned to Kentucky and New York over several sessions to longtime band partners J. Tom Hnatow, Justin Craig, and Robby Cosenza, to make sense — and sound — of it all. 

Past Shows


Jul
21
st
2012
7th St Entry
Jul
21
st
2012
7th St Entry

These United States

with Beacon James and Bailiff
Apr
11
th
2012
Mainroom
Apr
11
th
2012
Mainroom

Trampled by Turtles

with Erik Koskinen and These United States
Oct
26
th
2011
7th St Entry
Oct
26
th
2011
7th St Entry

These United States

with The 4onthefloor and PICTURES OF THEN
Sep
26
th
2010
Turf Club
Sep
26
th
2010
Turf Club

These United States

with The Deep Dark Woods

More Shows

Aug
18
th
7th St Entry

Short Fictions

Jul
13
th
7th St Entry

Bobby Rethwish

with XINA and SYM1
Jul
16
th
Turf Club

The Jauntee

with Mikel Wright & The Wrongs
Jul
8
th
7th St Entry

EHN JEY

with JIJA and Anju