Rocking State Lines

Slash, on the heels of his recent stellar solo effort, has collaborated on a new single “Drive Me” with State Line Empire, a band that won Guitar Center’s “Your Next Record with Slash” contest. The track, one of a four song EP, was part of a search for talented unsigned artists. It does not disappoint and is a breath of fresh air in this era of “American Idolitis” (Take two aspirin and call a doctor in the morning).

This San Mateo California band’s maiden effort, which was produced by Mike Clink (Guns and Roses, Motley Crue and Megadeth) is a hard driving rocker that immediately takes off with Slash’s searing guitar line that rocks along with Tyson Yen’s self-assured, yeoman vocals and the band’s tight rhythm section (Dave Pearl on bass and Jay Michaelis on drums) that complements the frenetic pace of the track. In addition,the vocal refrain contains tight, solid harmonies that make this more than a run of the mill rocker.

Slash, aka Saul Hudson, has emerged after the demise of the original Guns and Roses to become a viable musical force with the aforementioned “Slash” (see this website) and the reliability of his guitar work. Slash has never sounded better than on this new track. From the outset, he reels a listener in with his screaming, crying guitar styling and his solo is pure guitar magic. His runs are lighting fast and tasteful at the same time with a clearly defined, warm tone. The guitar fade out that closes out this refreshing effort has to be heard to be believed.

If this new song, which was recorded at the Village and East West Studios in Hollywood, is any indication of what to expect on State Line Empire’s EP, then we are all in for a treat. “Let it go, one time,” Yen laments as he tells a tale of romantic agony and ecstasy, which is a back drop for a kick-ass rock and roll odyssey.

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Steve Janowsky is a former co-host of the Rocktologists theme based classic rock show radio show on WKRB 90.3 fm, which was voted the best classic rock podcast in the country by Dave White of About.com. Some of the interview guests on the show were Simon Kirke ( Free and Bad Company), Carl Palmer (ELP), Vince Martell (Vanilla Fudge), Randy Jackson (Zebra) and Frank Marino of Mahogany Rush. Janowsky is also an English and Journalism instructor at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, NY and is an avid guitar player and songwriter.

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  1. Wow! I listened to STATE LINE EMPIREs ep on ITUNES and bought it immediatly. This is the “good old days” ROCK and ROLL. If your tired of RAP and that other stuff, take a listen to this group. Gets my feet moving again. Give us more SLE.

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