“State Flower’s new self-titled EP offers the finest in accessible, rock melodies, voices, performances, and songs, wrapped up in a somewhat gentle indie rock aesthetic. I love every one of the five tunes on the disc, and even after repeated, nonstop listens the entire EP holds up. It’s breathtaking. ”
— Jim Nelson, 88.5 FM/Los Angeles, Paste, Performing Songwriter
“There’s a new band in town worth lending an ear to and it goes by State Flower… it’s something special, a bit of Buffalo Springfield quality at times (one of my favorite bands). I’m a fan!”
— Josef Woodard, Musician and Writer for Downbeat Magazine, The Santa Barbara Independent and The Santa Barbara News Press
Local Santa Barbara band State Flower has a brand new single, “Standing In The Grey” and five song EP out. Dean Dinning of Toad The Wet Sprocket produced all six songs, that have already been warmly received by FM radio on both coasts — including features on the influential KCSN (88.5 FM) Cal State Northridge’s Public Radio, heavy rotation on WBXO New York, and the local KPEG (100.9 FM), as well as on-line.
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State Flower was born out of a group of Santa Barbara musicians who had all collaborated with Santa Barbara based singer/songwriter Cory Sipper on her 2015 release “Make Your Magic,” and continued to work with her on her subsequent EP “Instructions for a Reset.”
Cory had assembled a group of legendary local talents, including Erik Herzog (original drummer of Wasted Tape, Lapdog as well as the bands Moab and Buellton), Dean Dinning (Toad the Wet Sprocket, Lapdog), and Tom Lackner (Jeff Bridges) to realize the vision of her new songs at Zach Madden’s Good Land Sound in Goleta, CA.
When that project came to completion, the musicians decided to keep recording together under the name “State Flower.” Film composer Todd Capps (Bad Astronaut), who had been accompanying Cory live on keyboards brought in the group’s first song “Sign of You,” which features a melody written entirely by Capps, with lyrics by Madden and Dinning. Erik Herzog laid the foundation for the track, one of his last performances (along with “Is it only Love”) before he passed away.
“She is Sound” and “Colina” would feature drum performances by Austin Beede (The Coral Sea), and backup vocals by Lois Mahalia (Joe Walsh), who came on board to sing on three of the five songs. Lois had been a key featured-vocalist on Zach’s previous recordings, as well as his live sets, and her arrangements instantly took the songs into a perfect spot where they could be unique, but familiar at the same time.
All of the songs were eventually mixed by Angus Cooke (Jack Johnson, Dishwalla, Jeff Bridges) and mastered by Bruce Winter (Wasted Tape, Deadwood Score), a true labor of love, from a group of long time Santa Barbara friends.
For Madden and Dinning, “State Flower” was a chance to stretch out of their usual roles and push in to new territory. Dinning coached Madden into a softer vocal sound than he had used previously, and Dinning played most of the electric guitar parts, including the solos on “Sign of You” and “Colina”.
Most recently, Madison Ai Sanaye (pronounced eye sah-naiyuh), was featured on their newest song, “Standing In The Grey”, both as a writer and co-vocalist on the track. It has been warmly received by FM radio on both coasts.
“State Flower” stands as a document of a group of friends who all wanted to continue making music together – even as they lost one of their own. They dedicate this album to Erik’s wife Amy, and his son Lucas.