Upstate is a quintet from Dayton, Ohio and Denver, Colorado and the continuation of the Dishwater Psychics recording project. We released three new songs on Friendly Psychics Music's first comp CD in 2006: "Appointed to Fail," "Whatever it Wants to Be" and "Sleeping Cup."
Those songs led us to finish three more for the "Bitter Grin" EP, which features comp tracks and the three new ones. Like all the other Friendly Psychics bands, Upstate records its songs using the long-distance mail route, never having practiced or played together in the same room. Think Sebadoh and Pinback eating breakfast in a bomb shelter and you're somewhere close.
ORIGIN: When the band Dishwater Psychics took a break in 2001, Upstate formed by adding guitarist James Focht and drummer Jamie Heaps. The combination of indie rock sensibilities, jazz rhythms and hard guitars produced a melodic, textured backdrop of haunting melodies and driving beats.