States (Mindy White of Lydia, ex-members of Copeland) took the stage at CMJ for Big Picture Media’s showcase and completely stood out amongst the several bands playing that night; and it wasn’t just lead singer Mindy White’s red sparkling pants that caused it.
Opening with their newly-shipped single “Time Bomb,” States played an array of new songs from their first LP “Room to Run” and even threw in some notable tracks off their “Line ‘Em Up” EP (“Time to Begin”). If that wasn't entertainment enough, States launched into a soulful rendition of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" that sounded even better than the original and was the biggest crowd pleaser of the night.
The colorful lighting and upbeat pop songs were just a platform for States to entertain the crowd with their personalities and anecdotes. The performance was smooth and energetic; the members of States never missed a beat.
Midway through their set, Mindy paused to ask the crowd “How many people here have heard of us? It’s okay if you haven’t, just sing-along, I won’t know the difference.”
A few hands raised at the acknowledgment of States, but after this showcase it’s safe to say Mindy will be seeing more hands at future shows.
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