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Sussex, England (1997 – 2004, 2006 – present)

Blue States is an / band headed up by Andy Dragazis. The band has been active since 1997 and is still producing music out of Sussex, England as of 2005. A track from their 2002 album Man Mountain, “Season Song”, appeared on the to the British horror film, “28 Days Later”.

1998 Inspired by Aphrodite’s child and David Axelrod, 22 year old, half-Greek man mountain Andy Dragazis aka Blue States records demos on his home studio set up in a barn on the Sussex Downs in England. Sends demos to fledgling label Memphis Industries who like them very much and get in touch.

1999 First release for both Blue States and Memphis is the “Blue States Forever” EP. Further EPs follow – your girl and Walkabout. Blue States find themselves in some weird twilight zone inhabited by Zero 7, Bent, Lemon Jelly and many more.

2000 Blue States release their first album Nothing Changes Under the Sun, an expansive, windswept, epic stand out tracks include Your Girl and Stereo 99. It’s critically acclaimed and starts to sell surprisingly well.

2001 Blue States are naturally asked to perform at the Big Chill Festival in Somerset, England and Andy hastily puts a band together including Sam Walker (drums), Chris Carr (guitar), Dicken White (guitar) and Karl the Jackal (bass) – Andy takes up keyboard duties. This ramshackle unit starts touring round the UK. The album is licensed to the Thievery Corporation’s record label Esl Music and gets a US release. Lady singer Ty Bulmer joins the band to add some sass and vocals.

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