State Lines are a decent indie rock band who sound like they could rock out any and all college venues, but as I listened to their new 4-song EP, I wondered if their songs were going to be more energetic.
I’m not saying their music is bad, because it isn’t, but it truly sounds like every other indie rock band who have the same credentials and have a desire to play to/for the people and see if they can become a success. I don’t doubt their passion for success, but I don’t hear anything in each of these four tracks that would make me want to return to them. I’d like to hear something that makes them unique and different, or at least hear an understanding of what it means to be different, even if it’s a twist in riffs or moving the song into a new time signature. It’s ordinary to where I could predict everything that was coming up. State Lines, at least with this set of songs, are by-the-book, which means they understand the rules and know how to play well if they were asked by a television executive to make music that college kids would go nuts over. Now I want them to burn that book, or at least a chapter or two. Maybe that’ll happen on a (hopefully) forthcoming album.