These United States are a band of nomadic travelers led by songweaver Jesse Elliot. Through a blend of folk, pop, rock and electronic accents, their debut album — A Picture of the Three of Us at the Gate to the Garden of Eden — makes a major statement in showcasing the talent at hand, and features performances by many of the best musicians DC has to offer.
But the best way to partake of what they bring to the table is definitely live, and with an ever rotating cast of characters filling out the band’s line up, each live set is a treat. For their tour this past spring in support of the album, the band scheduled “33 shows in 33 cities with 33 different line-ups…” So if you haven’t had a chance to see them live, it’s your own fault, because they’ve likely come by pretty close to where you live. No doubt they’ll be back though.
Right now, the band is in the midst of a UK tour, probably eating pasties every day. But we got a chance to talk to them after their last US show at the Rock and Roll Hotel here in DC. In part one of our interview, Jesse discusses with us how his travels through the US have been a big inspiration to his creative process, through all the wild differences and similarities that somehow combine to form a single unit in these here United States. And in part two, after the jump, the band relays a funny anecdote about the last time they toured Europe.