Taylor Chmura, Christian Deroeck, Michael Gonzalez, Brandon Page
Jeff Olson, RIVI MusicPublicity
After four years of dipping in and out of dive bars, SXSW parties with celebrity chefs, and sponsored Facebook posts, Deep State is asking the right questions, embracing an identity that’s been years in the making–seeking answers and willing to exploring the spectrum of human nature on their third album The Path to Fast Oblivion.
The Path to Fast Oblivion is a “blink and you might miss it” affair, with the Athens, Georgia based outfit creating 13-tracks of driving, fast, electric, catchy, honest, anti-establishment rock-n-roll.
From the bratty and carefree attitude displayed of “Under the Gun,” to the anthemic and powerful single “Son,” the band is unafraid to explore the very essence of humanity, creating a narrative that ventures into themes of catharsis, wonder, nostalgia, regret, and guilt. Even single “Ideals” sees the band getting raw and vulnerable, the band takes you on an existential exploration.
The longtime friends and bandmates, Taylor Chmura, Smokey DeRoeck, Michael Gonzalez, and Brandon Page, found each other in the small circle of Athens’ music scene. From their outset as a group, they’ve worked to cultivate an identity and a sound that’s true to who they are as a band and as individuals. And with The Path to Fast Oblivion, it feels as if the group has accomplished that part of their mission.
Deep State seeks understanding, saying that the “The Path to Fast Oblivion is sought by someone who has felt oppressed in their life (we don’t know if this feeling is rightful or not). They have experienced trauma (or think they have). They hurt themselves and others to find the swiftest form of relief from their misery. Some want to be remembered for their atrocities. Some want to be dead. Some want others dead. We do not seek to be sympathetic toward those who do harm.”
Considering the album’s guest appearances from friends and family, and the human touch–passed when listening to this record, it begins to feel like you’re partaking in a smoky, heated, late-night conversation with friends; the only thing missing is the margaritas and cheap beers that came with the recording.
“Frenetic and anthemic, the energy immediate in everything from Chmura’s airy yelp to guitars that burst like sparks from a railtrack … full of existential introspection over how far we’ve let our identities erode.”
“Deep State marries infectious pop hooks and Lennon-esque vocal melodies with ’60s pop edges just rough enough to hold onto that rock ’n’ roll cred, but song structures totally tight enough to keep it pro and engaging.”
—Santa Fe Reporter
“Whether you want to call it punk rock, rock and roll or “American music,” Deep State is well worth searching out — you just may want to start somewhere other than Twitter.”
—NPR, via Capital Public Radio