Featuring ten new tracks recorded at Sound Mine Studios in eastern Pennsylvania, the DC/Ketucky-based band These United States released their fourth album in three years, 'What Lasts', July 20 via Colorado label United Interests. Written during the summer of 2009 after surviving a near drowning on Lake Michigan, songwriter Jesse Elliott's themes take a decidedly darker turn from the band's 2009 release 'Everything Touches Everything'. Memories of departed friends and loved ones, Elliott's own near-death experiences, and the collective melancholy that befalls a band rolling on an endless highway all inform the album's storyline. A few weeks after completing demos for this new release, Elliott's laptop was stolen on tour in Los Angeles, and with it, almost 300 songs, including all of what became this album. The only song to survive the theft, thanks to a well-timed email to a long-lost friend, seemed a fitting title track.
'What Lasts' is a melting pot of folk, psychedelic, pop, and early rock-and-roll. It is the sound of five friends - Jesse Elliott on guitars and vocals, Robby Cosenza on drums and harmonica, J. Tom Hnatow on pedal steel and guitars, Justin Craig on guitars and keys, and Colin Kellogg on bass and vocals - playing hundreds of shows together.
After playing 550 shows and releasing four albums over the last three years, the DC/Kentucky band is surely rumbling towards the next benchmarks in a long string of critical acclaim, including top 20 on CMJ, and features on NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Mountain Stage," Spin, Paste, Filter, NY Times, Village Voice, Brooklyn Vegan, JamBase, Blogotheque, New York Times, The Onion, Daytrotter, My Old Kentucky Blog, KEXP, KCRW, WXPN, and WFUV. Festival highlights include: Lollapalooza, High Sierra, Pickathon, Glastonbury, Mt. Jam, XPoNential, Joshua Tree, Celebrate Brooklyn, and Forecastle.