I always thought the best thing you can do when you start a band is to try and keep the amount of members to a minimum. I loved the idea that many great bands out there were trios (Nirvana, Muse, John Mayer Trio, Primus, ZZ Top, and even Miami’s Local REBEL (just to name a few), and then I wondered if you could simplify it further by just having two members. Obviously, it’s a rare case when a band with only two members succeed in making great music. I want to name Local H being the worst band to feature to only two members, but there’s other great phenomenal duos like The White Stripes (R.I.P) and the recently reunited, Death From Above 1979. Now Miami has its own power-duo and that band is named The State Of.
Unlike The White Stripes, the music is not bluesy and doesn’t feature guitars. Instead, The State Of is composed of Steph Taylor’s keyboard,synthesizer, vocals, and Nabedi Osorio’s drums. The music is usually fast-paced and blurs the line between rock music and electronica sub-genres such as drum n bass. Unlike Death From Above 1979, the music features no distortion on bass, and while it’s not fast-paced like the dance-punk sub genre, it still makes you want to dance. The duo are true to their dark pop sensibility because it’s not what you would consider happy music, but their music is far from a party-buzz-kill. They’ve received a lot of positive reception from many local websites, other local musicians, and anyone else I know that’s seen them live.
“Lovely music.” – TwoStep Culture
“An amazing lady duo from florida came through last night, headed to Denver and points northwest. Called “the state of”, they are art rockers masquerading as the emo band from next door. Their raw talent is beyond words, and they have no interest in effects or anything to interfere between their raw, honest music...” – Mariana Mendoza of Figure M
My personal opinion of The State Of matches the same as most people, and I must add that with a lot more enthusiasm. Considering I’m really big on the electronic rock sound, I really admire the fact that some people got together, worked with very minimal resources and made an amazing band together. The State Of reminds me of the day I was amazed when I discovered Death From Above 1979 with the exception of the musical style differences. To me, I hear a rock band with a live drum n bass edge. The State Of is a great example of my admiration for electronic rock. I will also give tons of salute to these ladies for working together as a duo and covering all the empty spaces with their music, just the two of them. Keep it up!
Take a listen to one of their softer tunes, “I Know” Thanks to Remezcla Music