“We wanted to shoot something with zero budget that was nothing like our first video,” says vocalist Steve Sitkowski of the clip. “There’s a real fun element to the band in that we just do whatever we want and that really comes across here. Jon Fraser shot our promo pics and some rehearsal footage a few months ago. Then we initially asked him to do a lyric video for ‘The Perfect Storm’ but he said he had some pretty “out there” ideas for a music video proper and now here we are! Makeup was done by our drummer Nick’s girlfriend Zoe with a helping hand from Ollie’s girlfriend Priya. We hope you get a kick out of it.”
The song itself does explore a serious issue as Sitkowski explains it’s “about living with undiagnosed ADHD for most of my life and the destructive relationships I’ve been in because of that. I was constantly using drugs to get away from myself and being in a dark place most of the time – That feeling of not belonging, being incapable of functioning in the real world and not being able to figure out why.”
With a shared desire to write straight-up rock ‘n’ roll songs, with the purpose of expelling personal demons, and to provoke discussion around issues in the world today, State Of You have risen from the ashes of several much-loved underground UK bands including Outcry Collective, Polar and Hildamay. ‘The Perfect Storm’ and their very first single ‘Run’ will be included on the band’s forthcoming self-titled debut EP, set for release 02 September via Silent Cult Recordings.
State of You’s instant chemistry was apparent as soon as the five of them first convened in a practice space. The group only managed a handful of practices together before the pandemic hit. Instead of grinding to a halt, State Of You kept their momentum going by sending ideas to each other online and discussing them whilst simultaneously playing Call of Duty. Amassing a whopping 40 song ideas, inspired by such artists as Every Time I Die, Cancer Bats, The Bronx, Beartooth and Underoath, the band whittled them down to six complete tracks which they recorded with Oz Craggs of Feed The Rhino (once lockdowns had eased). This collection was to become State Of You’s self-titled debut EP and once UK label Silent Cult heard what the band were doing, they signed them immediately.
State Of You are looking forward to smashing the shit out of every stage they get on. Stay tuned for news of the debut live show.
3. Blood Party
4. The Perfect Storm
5. The Colour Blue
STATE OF YOU ARE:
Rick Keenan – Bass
Ollie Jeffs – Guitar
Max O’Neil – Guitar
Nick Jones – Drums
Steve Sitkowski – Vocals