Pine State

Pine State/Trailer Bride [Split EP]

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With such an array of slide guitars, yodeling vocals, and banjos, along with the lyrical prominence of a whiskey-soaked broken heart, the country influence is more than present on the Pine State side. Thanks to the D.I.Y. production and lo-fi presence in both of their offerings -- the raw combination of Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, Sr. being such a strong presence -- Pine State don't even come close to the category of self-parody. On the flip side, Trailer Bride contradicts that vein with a poppier, female-fronted sensitivity. The sound hints at some country undertones as well, but not as obviously as their counterparts do. The release is an enjoyable listen in terms of diversity and originality from both parties.