Unlike the stripped-down rawk coming out of NYC these days, Oakland’s Heavenly States prefer a dense, layered wall of sound, with guitar upon guitar upon keyboard upon violin that build and drop and build again. It’s in those layers that the band’s multitude of influences fight it out. Its eponymous debut’s confluence of styles borders on the absurd: Punk, new wave, arena rock, roots rock, heavy metal, emo … if you can think of a rock subgenre from the last thirty years, it’s here. I swear I even heard an Alan Parsons Project keyboard riff buried in there somewhere. Whatever you want to call it, I like it.
The Heavenly States: The Heavenly States