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 We Were The States had nearly completed the recording of its new album Rasa when the Nashville floods came. With two feet of water in the basement of Coat of Arms studio, the band went from euphoric to discouraged, thinking the record they had worked on for two years would be indefinitely derailed.

Regrouping at Nashville’s Club Roar studio, the Murfreesboro-based five-piece quickly prepped for very long hours on a very limited budget, but ultimately persevered. The resulting album captures all of the energy and precise abandon of the band’s much-loved live show while also reflecting the realistic frustrations of their situation.  It’s a tense record, but still a joy to listen to.
We Were The States is back to feeling euphoric and is ready to play live again.  Wired Magazine previously said of the band’s show that “These guys sounded so good that they cut through the din of South By Southwest from 100 yards away...” 



"Despite floods that left their Nashville recording studio under two feet of water last summer, We Were the States persevered to deliver an imperfect but intriguing follow-up to their auspicious 2008 debut, Believe the Thieves. Standouts on Rasa are songs where the Murfreesboro, Tenn., quintet doubles down on hook-laden modern rock with just enough quick right turns to keep it interesting. Case in point, "Gold" is a tweaked-out, stagger-stepping pop force that makes liking someone more than God and cocaine sound like a state of grace. "Daft Since 77" is a high-volume colossus looking for a coliseum. Flashes of glam and hard rock reminiscent of latter-day Sweet bolster Justin Webb's dramatic vocal growl."- Greg Beets, Austin Chronicle

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Believe The Thieves is the debut album by We Were The States, one of the most promising new bands of the exploding Nashville/Murfreesboro indie rock scene. Helping out with the album is producer Doug Lehmann, the engine behind renowned Nashville garage rockers The Clutters. Rollum Haas of the Features guests on drums and percussion on two tracks. 

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Been Done Wrong (Live at RXCR 2018)

Iris and I (Live at RXCR 2018)

Hot Waves (acoustic)

Rasa Album Teaser

Start Something (Live at NBN 2008)

Up Your Sleeve