How does it feel having the album out today?
Mike [singer]: It feels great, we finally have it out and we hope people keep responding as well as they have been so far. We’re just going to go out there now and pour our souls out. It feels like we have this huge weight lifted off our shoulders.
Jeff [bassist]: It’s really felt like it’s been a long time coming for this moment.
And then AOL picked it up for free streaming!
Mike: Yeah, we’ve had some really great luck the past couple weeks. I feel like people are really listening and realizing that we tried to put quality into what we do. We’ve gotten so much help from AOL, AbsolutePunk.net, just so much media attention the past few weeks.
Hardcore bands come a dime a dozen and so do pop-punk bands. But to find a band that can blend both genres into one and create an album tolerable enough to listen to again and again is hard. Thankfully, Stateside found a way to do just that.
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors starts out with – what else – the robotic “stand clear of the closing doors” that plagues every New Yorker who rides the subway. This quickly fades into the power chords of “Make Your Move” and singer Mike Terry’s melodic voice. Not only can this singer actually sing, he’s not a shabby screamer either. “Make Your Move” is all about…well, making moves in the city that never sleeps. Mike seems to highlight every positive aspect of living in the big apple in this song, making it the perfect first track for this album.