"It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands."
Combining Devendra Banhart’s “new weird American” eccentricity, Flaming Lips-influenced electronic bells and whistles, and a Wilco-esque twanginess, These United States create a musical melting pot of indie pop sound.
From their Rdio profile. I don’t find them particularly Wilcoy, in large part because the lyrics are as poetic as anything anyone else has done in the last five years are so in a way that even Tweedy only occasionally even strives for.
Their first two albums, A Picture of the Three Of Us… and Crimes, are incredible, rambling stories with powerful chorus phrases and spirit. Lot’s of people get the Bob Dylan comparison, but it’s earned here. Plus they did a wicked cover of “If You Gotta Go” several years ago that was just fantastic.