State Cows

State Cows

    Official Biography (courtesy of the State Cows)

    Umeå, the home town of Daniel Andersson and Stefan Olofsson, the brains behind the State Cows, is a city near the coast in the north of Sweden. It's one of the biggest and most renowned university cities of the country and it's widely knownfor its outstanding cultural life and the lively music scene. Umeå is home to many Westcoast devotees who have been fortunate to see live performances of Bill Champiln, Marc Jordan and the Jay Graydon All Star band in their town. In this creative environment Daniel and Stefan started out playing in different bands until their paths crossed during their studies at the Piteå School of Music. The first band they played in together was called "The Posers", a Beatles tribute band. The first step towards Westcoast music was made by Daniel when he recorded the mini-album "DP", together with bass player Peter Starefeldt. 

    Through a student exchange with the Musician's Institute in Los Angeles and with the help of their friends Ian and Marylou EalesDaniel and Stefan eventually became acquainted with L.A. and its music scene. Long lasting impressions were also left by meeting some of their musical idols like David Foster, Jay Graydon, Jason Scheff (Chicago), Jay Gruska (Maxus) and Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets, Gino Vannelli, Bruce Hornsby). 

    Back in Umeå they continued to play gigs with "The Posers" while they also started working on Daniel's solo album, whichwas subsequently released under the surprising title "Days in L.A.". The CD was well received and the positive reactionsto the slightly modern Westcoast approach on "Days in L.A." intensified the ambition to record a full-fledged, no-compromise Westcoast / AOR record like they did them in the early 80s. Meanwhile they had also founded a Steely Dan tribute band called "2nd Arrangement". The formation was short lived, nevertheless it was the origin of what became the State Cows. The song writing and the recordings of the new songs for the State Cowsdebut lasted for about two years. Daniel and Stefan worked meticulously on the song lyrics and the musical arrangements. The musicians that were chosen to record the tracks are hand picked artists from the Swedish and Finnish music scene having played on an international level before. The big exception is Jay Graydon, whose guest appearance with a guitar solo on "New York Town" is a great coup and also an accolade by one of the real Greats of the Westcoast genre. All songs of the album are among the musically best efforts when it comes to Westcoast music to be recorded and released in the past two decades plus. Overwhelming evidence for this are the more than perfect arrangements, precisely played solos, skillfully used percussions and a real horn section. Everybody waiting for a second Airplay album or a follow-up to the third Pages record, loving the classic David Foster and Jay Graydon productions and regularly revisiting Steely Dan and the first Marc Jordan albums is most definitely in for a treat with the State Cows. (Words : Gregor Klee)

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