States & Capitals Will Release Debut Album ‘The Feelings LP’ August 2nd – On Tour Now
Catch States & Capitals On Tour Now
June 10, 2019 – States & Capitals will release their debut album The Feelings LP on August 2nd via JIRNY. States & Capitals is a rock band hailing from Wyckoff, New Jersey, founded in 2015 by 22-year old frontman, singer/songwriter Richie Arthur (Richard Arthur Schaafsma.) He cites a melting pot of musical references from rock and pop including John Mayer, The Night Game, andAll Time Low. Arthur has been creating and performing music since the tender age of 7, cutting his musical teeth at the renowned School of Rock in his home state of New Jersey:
“I started out with all the huge eighties turn up the gain type bands at first which really created the path to discovering my love for playing music. Once I developed to writing and really focusing on the artistry, I found myself falling in love with the songwriting side of music rather than specific genres or groups – anything Mayer touches, Martin Johnson, Alex Gaskarth, really paved the way to where i’m at now”
The debut Album will follow three EP releases including the most recent CREATIONS&MEMORIESfeaturing the single, ‘Drive’ that premiered on Spotify’s“It’s ALT Good!” and “The Scene” playlists. The EP was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with producer, Jonathan Roye (Owl City, Kelsea Ballerini, Forever The Sickest Kids).
In support of last year’s release, the band set out on the two-leg, cross-country ‘CREATIONS&MEMORIES Tour’ including slots on Vans Warped Tour and Southwest Invasion. In December 2018 Arthur embarked on ‘The West Coast Tour’ and ‘The East Coast Tour’, playing acoustic sets throughout California and parts of the east coast ending up this past spring. States & Capitals is currently on tour through the end of June (Dates below.)
“It’s a long time coming for me, absolute favorite thing in the world is touring. I had years of dreaming and wanting it and really took the time to prep and make sure it’s done the right way and it feels nice seeing how it evolved. You hit cities with one expectation and they completely surprise you, kids knowing the tunes in places you’ve never been, it’s pretty surreal knowing this is only the start” –Richie Arthur.
On April 26, 2019, the band posted a series of clips on social media titled ‘5319’, leading up to the release of the single, ‘Feelings’ on May 3rd. The track is primarily a pop rock song with influences of 80s pop music in its production. The song begins with a simplistic guitar riff and a big arena rock beat that sits over a dynamic, straight to the point pop track. Lead vocalist Richie Arthur’s vocals start hard and reach a powerful and anthemic sound entering the chorus. Lyrically, the song captures the idea of somebody falling in love for the very first time, accepting the flaws that may come with that.‘Feelings’ is “about accepting somebody who may not know how to react on or in a relationship quite yet, and trying to help guide that person through a brand new world of emotions,” according toArthur.
It is the first single off of the self-produced debut-album, set to release August 2019.
Check out ‘Feelings’ on YouTube
The Feelings LP Track-Listing:
1. FEELINGS THEME
2. Wasting Away
4. Criminal Mind
6. (I Will Not) Go
8. Imagine Me And You, I Do / takemeaway. I
10. The Mess That I Made
12. Criminal Mind – Acoustic
June 10 – Smiling Moose Pittsburgh, PA
June 11 – Mahall’s Lakewood, OH
June 12 – Big Room Bar Columbus, OH
June 13 – The Crofoot Ballroom Pontiac, MI
June 14 – Irving Theater Indianapolis, IN
June 15 – Subterranean Chicago, IL
June 16 – High Noon Saloon Madison, WI
June 19 – Uptown Theater Kcmo, MO
June 20 – Fubar Saint Louis, MO
June 21 – The End Nashville, TN
June 22 – The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
June 25 – Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
June 26 – DC9 Nightclub Washington, DC