Modernstate is a one man band of the truest sense. No Laptop, no
pre-recorded samples, few fancy modern gadgets save one; a phrase sampler
that lets Sam Schauer create his songs from the ground up. Adding and
subtracting layer upon layer, he creates a unique atmosphere of moody pop
and droney lo-fi experimentalism with the occasional sing-along thrown in
for good measure.
Modernstate was born of the need to always have a band to focus on; the idea
being that with but one person in the band, it would never break-up. When
one of Sam's other projects (The Dutch Flat, Not the Pilot, Grandrapids)
would inevitably fold, he would again throw himself into Modernstate. Now, 4
years later, Sam has found his stride with "Highwater Moonboot," the first
true release by this prolific northwest musician.
Band website: www.luckymadison.com/modernstate.htm