Music: These United States

These United States share first MP3 from forthcoming album, Everything Touches Everything

Also, August pre-release tour - album available early at Aug. shows and band web site, and nationally Sept. 1 - Upcoming shows w/ Deer Tick, Lucero and Murder by Death.

With their third full length release in 18 months, These United States surrender themselves to unbridled rock and roll exuberance: ringing guitars, thundering drums, desperate yearning bordering on hope.

Everything Touches Everything, out Sept. 1 on Colorado-based United Interests, came together the week of January 20th, 2009, as 4 million new friends descended on the city of Washington, DC (one of two places, with Lexington, KY, the band calls home). Laughter, belief, chaos, history, frigid cold wild mercury winter morning sunshine - it was a good place to be making music.

By turns larger-than-life and disarmingly intimate, this is 42 minutes of 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. Bandleader Jesse Elliott had two different albums in mind; he let the November election decide which one the group would record.) And These United States -- Elliott, Robby Cosenza, J. Tom Hnatow, Justin Craig, and Colin Kellogg -- 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.

They'll celebrate all that living the only way they know how this summer, with a coast-to-coast tour of the festival circuit. From Chicago to Brooklyn to Big Sur, Los Angeles to Louisville and back New York way again, they'll share stages with everyone from Crosby Stills & Nash to The Mother Hips, The Black Keys to The Black Crowes, DeVotchKa to Deer Tick, Del McCoury to Dr. Dog. Sure enough, everything touches everything. Almost 500 shows into their adventure together, the five very reinvigorated members of These United States are determined to reach a decent amount of it all.

"Welcome to today. From the opening cry of empty-handed liberty to the gleaming, gliding farewell that sends us to blessed slumbers, this is a revolutionary soundtrack built for car stereos and stocking-footed bedroom dancing. Launching with a trio of sing-along anthems for tramps like us, These United States proffer a lean, hungry, lustily inviting manifesto for the best parts of humanism. We are no longer prisoners of the past, and the future is ours to make or break. Roll up your sleeves, grab a tambourine and a shovel and join the revival." -Dennis Cook, Jam Base (excerpt from liner notes)

"With their new album Everything Touches Everything, lead statesman Jesse Elliot has grown completely into one of indie-rock's - no, make that American rock's best kept secrets." -Bruce Warren, WXPN

"It is, without being at all overly enthusiastic, one of the best records you will hear this year, and it will make you feel completely human." -Daytrotter

"Mashed into the ragged, revisionist matrix of The White Stripes, Andrew Bird and even his old band Squirrel Nut Zippers, These United States possess the gift for making yesteryear's folk, rock and pop sonics skew new...Easily one of the grooviest efforts of 2008." -WIRED


MySpace -

Label Page -

MP3: "I Want You to Keep Everything" -

VIDEO: "Honor Amongst Thieves" (From their last album, Crimes) -


07/09 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex $

07/11 St. Louis, MO The Luminary - Center for the Arts

07/12 Louisville, KY Forecastle Festival

07/23 Bridgeport, CT Gathering of the Vibes Festival

07/24 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom %

07/25 Scranton, PA Phoenix Cuts (Early, all ages)

07/25 Scranton, PA The Bog (late)

07/26 Baltimore, MD Golden West

08/13 Cincinnati, OH The Southgate House Parlour

08/14 Indianapolis, IN Vollrath

08/15 Chicago, IL Subterranean*

08/16 Chicago, IL Green Music Festival*#

08/18 Milwaukee, WI Club Garibaldi

08/19 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern

08/20 Maumee, OH Village Idiot

08/21 Pittsburgh, PA Brillobox

08/22 Rochester, NY Bug Jar

08/23 Boston, MA TT The Bear's

08/24 Portsmouth, NH Red Door

08/25 Providence, RI Club Hell

08/26 Philadelphia, PA The M Room

08/27 New York, NY Mercury Lounge

08/28 Brooklyn, NY Union Hall (2 Shows, early and late)

08/29 Washington, DC Black Cat

09/12 Morrison, CO Monolith Festival

09/23 Boise, ID Downtown Summer Series

10/21 - 10/23 New York, NY CMJ

* = w/ Lucero

# = w/ Murder by Death

$ = w/ Dusty Rhodes

% = w/ Deer Tick

These United States Everything Touches Everything (United Interests)

Street date: Sept 1, 2009

1. I Want You to Keep Everything

2. Will It Ever

3. Everything Touches Everything

4. Night & the Revolution

5. The Secret Door

6. Conquest & Consequence

7. I'm Gonna Assemble a City

8. Good Bones

9. The Important Thing

10. End

11. Good Night Wish

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