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  • MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2008

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It might be a bit of a premature reaction. These things happen whenever one goes tap, tap, tap on the keyboard, formulating ideas and thoughts concerning an album…before said album has even cycled through in full. But premature reactions be damned! These United States’ debut, A Picture of the Three of Us at the Gates to the Garden of Eden arrived only this morning. But plugging into this beauty makes the decision to post immediately a rather easy one. Jesse Elliott’s ultra articulate stroke of psyche folk, A Picture of the Three of Us will take a while to completely digest…always a nice change of pace from simpler, immediate announcements like, “hey, here we are, and here is what we do, you dig?” No, Elliott and his mega band (he called upon some 30 D.C area musicians to lend a helping hand in recording the 36 minute album) crisscross plenty of ground on this debut. Ticking off genres, These United States paint a bold checkmark in the columns of pop, folk, rock, country, jazz, and lounge…and further listens are sure to reveal plenty more. Then there is the dense penmanship of Elliott himself…kind of gives Andrew Bird or Destroyer a run for their money in that department, if you ask me. All and all, expect to hear plenty more about this album, and the band that threw it all together in the weeks to come.

These United States currently have a full North American tour scheduled. Beginning on 3.3.08, the band will play 33 shows, in 33 cities, as 33 different line ups. In keeping with its wild-eyed tendency to continuously reinvent itself and its songs, These United States' 3 core members for this tour will meet with a different collaborating band the afternoon of every show, work and re-work their set according to the host band’s sonic desires, and perform for each audience a – quite literally – one-of-a-kind set.

A Picture of the Three of Us at the Gates to the Garden of Eden will be released March 4th on United Interests. – David Pitz

These United States on Tour
02.14.08 – Northern Liberties Winter Music Fest – Philadelphia PA
02.15.08 – Dante’s – Frostburg MD
02.16.08 – Stone Soup – Shepherdstown, WV
02.23.08 – Union Pool – Union Pool
03.03.08 - IOTA - Arlington VA
03.04.08 - Gallery 5 - Richmond, VA nkins, Marionette, The Hotdamns
03.05.08 - Nightlight - Chapel Hill, NC
03.06.08 - The Rocket - Asheville, NC
03.07.08 - Flicker - Athens, GA
03.08.08 - J. Benton Bookseller - Birmingham, AL
03.10.08 - Minicine - Shreveport, LA
03.11.08 - Club DaDa - Dallas, TX
03.12.08 - Emo’s Main Room - SXSW - Austin, TX
03.13.08 - Cream Vintage - SXSW - Austin, TX
03.14.08 - AfterTheJumpFest - SXSW - Austin, TX
03.16.08 - Ramblin Gallery - Paso, TX
03.18.08 - Plush - Tucson, AZ
03.19.08 - Trunk Space - Phoenix, AZ
03.20.08 - The Epicentre - San Diego, CA
03.21.08 - Echo Curio - Los Angeles, CA
03.22.08 - The Partisan - Merced, CA
03.23.08 - Hotel Utah - San Francisco, CA
03.25.08 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR
03.26.08 - Sunset Tavern - Seattle, WA w/ Johanna Kunin
03.27.08 - This House On Fire - Boise, ID
03.28.08 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
03.29.08 - Hi-Dive - Denver, CO
03.31.08 - 400 Bar - Minneapolis, MN
04.01.08 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
04.02.08 - Mission Creek Fest - Iowa City, IA
04.03.08 - The Hideout - Chicago, IL
04.04.08 - The 930 - Louisville, KY
04.05.08 - The Dame - Lexington, KY
04.07.08 - AS220 - Providence, RI
04.08.08 - P.A.’s Lounge - Somerville, MA
04.09.08 - Studio Verte - Portsmouth, NH
04.10.08 - Cake Shop - New York, NY
04.11.08 - Union Hall - Brooklyn, NY
04.12.08 - Talking Head - Baltimore, MD
04.13.08 - Black Cat - Washington, DC
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MP3: These United States:: “First Sight” A Picture of the Three of Us...
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