June 8, 2005

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Sleeping with strangers and bandmates
State Street Liars hit the road with a brand new CD
By Richie Victorino  rvictorino@hippopress.com

For a musician, free studio time is worth more than gold.

Thanks to Ryan Perras, the State Street Liars drummer who occasionally works at Soundward Studio, the only cost his band had in recording Wired Out was the gas it took to trek down to the Connecticut studio.

That’s a good thing for a bunch of recent high-school grads who, while touring this past year, found themselves sleeping on floors (at the homes of strangers they met at their shows) or in their cramped van (during 7-degree weather, causing them all to get sick).

This is the life they’ve committed to; they knew that heading into this. Being in a band isn’t always pretty, but it’s what they all want. Perras even moved, from Connecticut to New Hampshire last year to commit more time to the band.

And this past winter, the band kicked it into high gear, deciding that, with high school behind them, they were ready to tour as often as they could.

They hired a new bassist, Boney Wheeler, formerly of The Asthmatics. Their former bassist, Matt Drew, didn’t seem ready for the full-time commitment that the rest of band was ready for, so they moved on without him.

They bought a new van together, Captain Kirk, a 2002 Dodge Cargo Van, which is a drastic improvement from the old heap of a conversion van they were driving around.

And, in March, they recorded Wired Out, which features 13 original songs and a cover of Buddy Holly’s “You’re So Square.”

Wired Out is filled with the inspiration of ’50s rock as well as punk roots. While the music often comes across as “poppy and hooky,” as Perras explained it, their lyrics are often filled with anger. But it isn’t the anger of, say, Henry Rollins. Even when the State Street Liars are dropping f-bombs and singing about hating people, you can’t help but smile. They’re like an uplifting angry punk band.

Now with a new record to promote, they need to gear up for some major touring this year. They plan to hit the south and Midwest this summer, spreading the State Street Liars virus to as many places as possible.

“And for the rest of the year, that’s when we’ll really hit the road,” Perras said. “That’s when the plan is to really promote the album, nonstop for at least two weeks out of a month, for however long we can, maybe for years.


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State Street Liars
The band: State Street Liars is Tristan Omand, guitars/vocals; Boney Wheeler, bass; Ryan Perras, drums.
CD release party: State Street Liars’ CD release party for Wired Out takes place this Sunday, June 11, at Spyder Room. The show starts at 8 p.m. and there is an $8 door charge. Spyder Room is located at 342 Lincoln St., Manchester, 606-7929.
Also performing are TKC, The Rimmons, Hydraulic Sandwich, Local Nothing and High-Fivin’ White Guys.
For more on the State Street Liars, go to www.statestreetliars.com.