The State Lottery
When the Night Comes


4.5
superb

Review

by Kiran EMERITUS
October 24th, 2010 | 213 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the finest punk albums of 2010.

With Springsteen at his throne and Westerberg at his side, Americana was never in any danger of falling from grace in music or, more specifically, in the punk rock community. For a while, though, it did seem like an old man’s game. Not until recent young bands like The Gaslight Anthem and less young bands like The Hold Steady clawed their way into the spotlight with thunderous blue-collar rock songs did it really make a ripple among the young upstarts. It’s not that the looming influence of Springsteen ever went away (certainly not with listeners), it just needed some help finding its footing amongst a new generation of musicians. Now it’s up to bands like The State Lottery to continue its newfound prosperity.

Perhaps the biggest compliment you can give this group is that with When The Night Comes, their sophomore release, they’ve created an album so ingrained with the rootsy philosophy of the genre that it’s a virtual guarantee with anyone with a proclivity to the sound. Their rollicking rock n roll sensibilities rival any of the recent punk bands you could mention; in fact, they’re so assured of their abilities the closer “Spring, 2008, Detroit” is a hard-hitting, 8-minute march towards its shouted climax, the likes of which we’ve only seen recently from Titus Andronicus on their monolithic The Monitor.

The most telling element of their ambition is the saxophonist in their line up – she’s no one-man E Street Band but the sax flourishes are such a defining element to their sound, especially on songs like “East Jordan” where it leads, that it sets them on an oddly unique standing for a seemingly standard element to their music. That there is virtually no self-promotion, no label, no merch (they clearly state they're against even the idea of branding themselves), and with their album available for free, this is a band with nothing but genuine intentions. It plays even further into the overarching values of the genre; they’re offering nothing but hard work, talent and honesty and it breathes character into moments like when they sing, “It’s a big world / but you got a little time / to find where you’re supposed to be / and get on with your life”.

This is rock n roll at its most kind-hearted; music that panders to no goal other than enjoyment. The rough, youthful vocals are styled in the same way as any of the other tar-throated front men, the guitar riffs move in forward motion, the piano is slammed like a bar band – the bases are covered when it comes to rowdy punk rock and opener “Coming Alive” puts it all into place from the get-go. The lyrics are shouted with passion and good-will (“I’m not sure what it meant / or whose idea it was / but I remember because I liked it / so I went with it”) and they revolve around stories tightly woven around experiences that dip into nostalgia and warm memories. The positive energy instilled in When The Night Comes is tremendous and it gives it a vitality that’s rare in a lot of young punk bands.

Springsteen’s Americana is widely adored for injecting the American dream into each word, wail and piano key that defined his music but The State Lottery further projects the ideal that it holds weight far beyond the American shorelines. Though their music is as rooted in specific Michigan locale as The Boss was with New Jersey or The Hold Steady are with Minneapolis, the themes of youth, summer, and rebellion weave their way through the hearts of anyone who got out of their teenage years with scars, dreams and a couple memories. It isn’t so much about being from Detroit as it is about being a friend, or a drinking partner, or a lover. It’s overwhelmingly universal. With any justice, When The Night Comes is an album that should see The State Lottery take their place as acolytes of the new Americana generation and even if it doesn’t, something tells me they’re the type of band who are more than satisfied with soundtracking the debauchery of anyone lucky enough to discover them.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Kiran
Emeritus
October 24th 2010


6002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.ifyoumakeit.com/album/the-state-lottery/when-the-night-comes/

Digging: Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson

cvlts
October 24th 2010


8977 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rules, but jus couldnt get that into it... =[

Satellite
October 24th 2010


20826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Excellent, amazing review Kiran!!

My AOTY, probably.

Kiran
Emeritus
October 24th 2010


6002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks buddy, for the rec especially

it was impossible for me not to love this

caprio4us
October 24th 2010


182 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Nice Review

my rate after taking a look at theme

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caprio4us
October 24th 2010


182 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

i'm honestly hating this

Heysatan
October 24th 2010


276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dude you be trippin' ^

Album is awesome.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
October 24th 2010


7404 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Summary makes me want to hear this

Groink
October 24th 2010


774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is pretty solid. Album art is cool.

slep
October 24th 2010


1604 Comments


Sounds interesting. It's been awhile since I sat down and listened to one of the bands in this kind of style, like TGA, but this still seems worthy of a listen (especially because of the sax).

Also, great review. That conclusion was perfect.

HenchmanOfSanta
October 24th 2010


1902 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Might listen to this because it's free and they're from Michigan.

AggravatedYeti
October 24th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that good eh?
I've had this sitting on my desktop since you posted it.

Ill spin later today buddeh.

PorkchopExpress
October 24th 2010


389 Comments


Wow, this sounds like it's going to be right in my wheelhouse. I'll check this out later one. Great review.

EVedder27
October 24th 2010


6088 Comments


album is fucking amazing. Great review kiran

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2010


17225 Comments


nice

IRAI
October 24th 2010


1567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it sounds like Against Me! meets The Gaslight Anthem.

s'pretty interesting.

PlayCrackSky
October 24th 2010


207 Comments


The album art is so incredible. oh my god

4strings
October 24th 2010


27 Comments


Checkin this out fosho, good review

dreamobile
October 24th 2010


416 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I get a Ted Leo vibe from this. Pretty cool.

taco1234
October 24th 2010


7 Comments


HHHHHHHHHMMMMMMMMMM...

Sounds like I need to get this album, considering the fact that The Gaslight Anthem is amazing.

Also, how similar is this to The '59 Sound?



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