I am going to be 100% honest with you. I have not heard State of Mine's new EP "Devil In Disguise." That leads to the obvious question: how can they be band of the week? In this case I heard State of Mine's rendition of Katy Perry's Olympic track "Rise" and loved the heavy feel and complexity the band added to the "built for radio" song. Then I followed up by watching the video and realizing the message had nothing to do with athletes or games the World can't afford. It had to do with everyday heroes that are literally scared for their lives due to recent events. State Of Mine with "Rise" bring us to the good side of policing. Reminding us most of the people in uniform are there to serve and protect. I know there are a power hungry demented few out there who use their position and influence to harm those they are supposed to serve, but this version of Rise asks you to remember the good; the brave; and the unsung heroes of our communities. This is a rare feel good moment in this powder keg of a world we live in. If State of Mine is producing music that heals instead of injures, I can assure you WLM will be standing in line for the new EP... And that's why they are band of the week! - Martell
Hailing from Laingsburg, Michigan, State of Mine is a metal band consisting of Vocalist Steven Jodway, Bassist Corey Smith, Drummer Mike Martin, Rhythm Guitarist Matt Martin, and Lead Guitarist Shawn Willett. Organized in 2010, the band hit the local music scene running, playing as support for multiple national acts such as: Black Label Society, Adelitas Way, Saliva, Powerman 5000, Flaw, Otherwise, Soil, 3 Years Hollow, just to name a few.
In 2014 they released their debut, self-titled EP recorded and produced by BJ Perry at Wall of Sound Studio (I Prevail, UFC, INK MASTER, NFL, NCAA), in Memphis, Michigan. After performing for a year, the band decided to go back in studio with a new sound and direction, specifically targeting radio listeners. The new EP, produced by BJ Perry again, went above and beyond expectations, and will guarantee to keep the listener hooked, with huge vocal harmonies, crunchy guitars, powerful bass, and pounding drums. They look to continue on their path toward touring and performing for a national audience.