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Chadwick Stokes


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It takes a certain type of musician to hop freight trains and barrel across the vastness of North America with his brother and cousin. Especially for an artist who, just years before, sold out Madison Square Garden for three consecutive nights. CHAD “CHADWICK” STOKES is anything but a typical rock star. So, there was the singer-guitarist for bands Dispatch and State Radio, wading across a river to escape the chasing railroad bulls and hanging in the different down and out jungles with other traveling folks. And in the end, after the three had finally reached the West Coast and were laying face down in the dirt at gunpoint care of the NSA, he says it was all well worth it.

“I had ridden the trains a little bit in the past for a day or two but I had never done it for weeks at a time,” Stokes says. “I discovered an America that I knew was out there but had limited experience with. There’s all kinds of people out on the rails: people simply trying to get from point A to B, people running from whatever they left behind, people with nowhere else to go. You get to see a part of America that only the trains go through — remote stretches without any sign of mankind.” It was out on these long isolated stretches and in the inner city train yards that Stokes found the inspiration for his solo debut, titled SIMMERKANE II.

At a time when the term Indie-rock refers more to a guitar sound than doing anything truly independent, Stokes is an artist who has genuinely lived the credo. Unassisted by a major label, his band Dispatch arose from the college circuit to become an international musical phenomenon.


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  • TheUselessGolem

    New record looks likely to kick scary amounts of ass. Which is typical for Chad these days.

    3 Nov 2013 Reply
  • hendog99

    I was in Boston a few days ago, and I saw a guy wearing a Chadwick Stokes and the Pintos shirt. I went up to him and started talking to him, and it turns out that they're really close friends! It was a wonderful coincidence that absolutely made my week.

    15 Jun 2013 Reply
  • TheFatChocobo

    Amen! I'm holding on to the hope that it'll become a rediscovered classic in a few years, when someone who moves in the right circles stumbles on it somehow and thinks "how the fuck did we overlook THIS?!"

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
  • TheSpruce_Moose

    Criminally under-exposed album. CRIMINALLY.

    23 Jul 2012 Reply
  • WigeonTonal

    Chad is awesome! He's not only one of the greatest musicians our world has ever seen, he's also socially engaged, cofounder of "Calling All Crows" and takes a stand for human rights and for equality. I'm really looking forward to seeing him and State Radio live, in Munich/Germany, on may 23! =)

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
  • TheFatChocobo

    And, let it be said, Chadwick Stokes is one of the great American songwriters, though America may be too limiting. And still so young!

    11 Jan 2012 Reply
  • TheFatChocobo

    Simmerkane II is perfect.

    19 Dec 2011 Reply
  • bekahmark

    i'm in love with this album. i adore everything chetro's ever released. he never ceases to impress.

    12 Dec 2011 Reply
  • DiversityA

    I can't really pinpoint if it sounds more like Dispatch or State Radio. It's a unique album, but still really good!

    24 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Rifacunndes

    Ichabod And Abraham *-*

    2 Sep 2011 Reply
  • jakk6

    SK2 isn't what I was expecting at all, but exactly what I wanted. Thank you.

    23 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Skatalitico__

    No puedo dejar de escuchar back to the races!

    21 Jun 2011 Reply

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