Release Date: Jun 19, 2012
Record label: United Interests
Are These United States the anti-alt-country band? Their music certainly is enough to give listeners pause for thought. While Ryan Adams and Lucero have gotten a lot of traction out of crying in their beers over haggard and forlorn country rock, the Brooklyn band dares to look on the sunnier side of the dust bowl. It’s a bold strategy considering how much success their peers have had living up to the sad luck and hard-living ways of their outlaw country forebearers, but These United States carry themselves with such hope and wistfulness that you eventually forgive them for not being heartbroken and miserable.