Posted in music | tour dates on January 24, 2013

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Blessed State - 2012 Demo (ZIP)

Blessed State (photo by Dave Brushback)
Blessed State

Northampton, MA punks Blessed State (whose lineup includes Brian of Iron Hand) recall the time when bands like Husker Du and The Replacements were pushing hardcore punk to its limits and coming out with something more similar to alternative rock. The guitars shift back and forth from a flanger-filled jangle to straight ahead punk n' roll, and the vocals from a bark to a half-melodic moan that just grazes the melody in his head (in a good way). And when the band break out into the occasional J Mascis-style solo, that's nothing to complain about either.

They released a four-song demo back in October of 2012, which you can stream below or download above. The cassette is available to purchase at Blessed State's bandcamp. It's a recommended listen for fans of any of the aforementioned bands or other recent torchbearers of that sound like The Men, California X, and Milk Music.

Blessed State will be playing some shows this year, including one in NYC on February 9 at 538 Johnson Ave with Ugly Parts, Working Stiff, Trash Tide, and Ylajali. More info on this show at the facebook event. Their dates also include an opening slot at the New Haven stop on Iceage and White Lung's tour together.

A list of all dates and the stream of their demo below...

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Blessed State - 2012 Demo

Blessed State -- 2013 Tour Dates
Sunday 1/27 @ the Flywheel, Easthampton MA w/ Libyans, The Prowl, Broken Prayer, Foreign Bodies & Powerblessings
Wednesday, 2/6 @ Damage Records, Hadley MA w/ Space Wolves
Saturday, 2/9 538 Johnson Ave Brooklyn, NY w/ Ugly Parts, Trash Tide, Working Stiff, Ylajali
Thursday, 4/18 @ Lily's Pad, New Haven CT w/ Iceage, White Lung, & Fins

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Comments (22)

sick

Posted by Anon | January 24, 2013 3:33 PM

hey that slut in potty mouth is in the background!

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 6:37 PM

yes and yes. those two guys are way fuckable

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 6:37 PM

Fuck you and yr sexist bullshit #2

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 6:58 PM

Dan Ball is a straight man's nightmare

Posted by Craig | January 24, 2013 7:39 PM

these guys are just poorly ripping off Casanovas In Heat from dracut, ma.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 10:23 PM

Their sound reminds one of a time when bands were pushing the limits, the same limits pushed and no longer limited.

Hmmm...thirty years ago?

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:07 AM

no surf only death

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 2:03 AM

too bad casanovas in heat are terrible people/musicians and sound nothing like this band

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 10:01 AM

this is really good and girl bassist hehehe

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 10:29 AM

no band is like casanovas in heat except for casanovas in heat

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 12:26 PM

If you live in western ma, is it a prerequisite that your band sound like Husker Du and Dinosaur Jr?

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 4:08 PM

Their sound reminds one of a time when bands were pushing the limits, the same limits pushed and no longer limited.
Hmmm...thirty years ago?

Dude, that's all I kept thinking when reading this.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 4:10 PM

Can anyone say Swiz?

Posted by Rinjo Njori | January 25, 2013 9:30 PM

shut it, Garrett

Posted by Anonymous | January 27, 2013 11:22 AM

rob

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2013 12:39 PM

cassanovas are awesome. eat steak and cheese with the short guy. they are not very similar to this band at all other than the fact that they are both mid tempo, derivative but original punk bands. to assume one ripped off the other is just short sighted.

and no, if you live in western mass your band also has the options of sounding like 9 shocks terror or hawkwind.

Posted by rockin' rollercoaster spokesperson | February 4, 2013 11:47 PM

world domination > western mass

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2013 10:25 AM

these guys are just poorly ripping off Casanovas In Heat from dracut, ma.

Posted by Bumba | March 18, 2013 1:22 PM

Love this band. They deliver the gritty punk that only the wealthy son of a corporate lawyer from NJ can deliver.

Posted by medafile | April 14, 2013 9:40 PM

robin sucks

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013 1:14 AM

I don't think they are ripping anybody off. They are totally original to me at least.

Posted by mike | May 11, 2013 12:15 PM

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