Listen to the new album from Ian Yates!
Listen to the new album from Elevation Worship!

JFH Staff Review

Samestate, Samestate EP

Samestate EP

Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 4 tracks: 16 minutes, 48 seconds
Street Date: July 19, 2011

Hailing from the Kansas City area, relative musical newcomers Samestate have made tremendous headway since the group first came together a couple of years ago. They have already toured with well-known bands such as Hawk Nelson, Fireflight and Superchick, and have landed a record deal on the EMI CMG label with a full-length album, The Alignment, due out in early 2012. Those are noteworthy achievements for a young band in an industry that is overstocked with talented musicians.

The feature song, "Hurricane," from their major label debut EP is receiving airplay on Christian radio stations such as Air1. This four-song EP is ostensibly to provide potential fans with an advance taste of their music until the full-length album is released. The fact that the EP only contains four songs that will also be included in the upcoming full-length record probably doesn't do the band any favors. It is unlikely that fans will want to purchase the EP and then purchase the full-length release a few months later with much of the same music on the record.

The Samestate EP has a nice guitar and piano-driven sound, although lyrically the songs don't contain a tremendous amount of depth. While the band's spiritual focus is evident in their music, there is definitely room for improvement here, but, then again, this is a young band that should continue to mature in their writing over time. Lead singer Dalton Diehl's voice is, in a word, interesting. His vocals are clear, but a bit twangy. Hopefully, his singing style will continue to improve as well. It's also interesting that "Hurricane" is the featured song on the EP, because arguably both "Wake Me Up" and "Not Your Fight" (which is the only track that won't be on The Alignment) are better songs, both lyrically and musically.

Overall, the band's sound should appeal to a fairly large alternative rock audience within the Christian genre. Fans may want to wait for the full-length album in order to get the full picture of what this group is really about. It will be interesting to see how the album is received. If the next couple of years are anything like their first couple, it should be an enjoyable and fast ride for this band from the heartland.

- Review date: 11/24/11, written by Kelly Longgrear of


. Record Label: Sparrow Records
. Album length: 4 tracks: 16 minutes, 48 seconds
. Street Date: July 19, 2011
. Buy It: iTunes
. Buy It: AmazonMP3

  1. Hurricane (4:27)
  2. Wake Me Up (3:46)
  3. Not Your Fight (4:28)
  4. Shadows (4:07)






Leave a Comment



go to main Album review page
go to Album review archive


World Premiere Video
(JFH Sponsor Spot)



Listen to the new album from Elevation Worship!

Search JFH

Music Out This Week

This Thursday, April 18
Local Sound The Free World, Vol. 1 - EP [Integrity]

This Friday, April 19
29:11 Worship Roses - Single [DREAM]
Apollo LTD On The Way Up 2.0 - Single [Centricity]
Amanda Lindsey Cook Still - Single [Bethel]
Tori Harper Revival - Single [The Fuel]
Influencers Father's Love - Single (independent)
Leigh Nash Kiss Me (20th Anniversary Edition) / God Gave Me Horses - Single (independent)
Dave Pettigrew Faith & Gasoline (independent)
Bryan Popin All Back - Single [United Alliance]
Trinity Anthem of Love - Single [The Fuel]
JJ Weeks Choices - Single [Radiate]
Phil Wickham & Chris Quilala You Cannot Be Stopped - Single [Sparrow]

Next Friday, April 26
Jared Anderson Keep Your Eyes on Jesus - Single (independent)
For All Seasons Just For Today - Single [Centricity]
Jason Gray I'm Gonna Let It Go - Single [Centricity]
Hillsong UNITED People [Hillsong]
Mallary Hope Out of My Hands [Word/Curb]
Sarah Kroger Bloom [Integrity]
Starflyer 59 Young In My Head [Tooth & Nail]

For all release dates, click here!

New Music Reviews

Listen to the new album from Illijam!

New Indie Reviews

New Movie Reviews

Free MP3 Downloads