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Interstate's second record, "Until I Fall Back Down" was carefully pieced together by a band of friends, and is ready for pre-order
Interstate's second record, "Until I Fall Back Down" was carefully pieced together by a band of friends, and is ready for pre-order
68 backers pledged $3,190 to help bring this project to life.

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Who is Interstate?

Kyle Downs (vocals, keyboards) and Jake Van Paepeghem (guitar, producer) met in 2001 at a residential music and arts camp in Salem, Oregon called Young Musicians and Artists

Kyle and Jake, circa 2006
Kyle and Jake, circa 2006

They formed Interstate while collaborating on an original song for a talent show. Jake’s jazz influences and knack for song development added an undeniable edge and focus to the rich melodic and lyrical melodies born from Kyle’s classical training. The two were soon writing their first EP, Better Than Nothing, while traveling between Seattle, Portland, and Boise to work together. In 2010, Kyle moved to Boise to begin writing Interstate’s next chapter with Jake. When Interstate set about recording Icarus, the first song for their second EP release, Jay Multanen (bass) was brought on board, contributing a mastery of both standup and electric bass as well as fresh ideas on song form. The three began playing and recording together, as well as hosting an annual concert event, the Broken Resolutions Ball. 

Kyle Downs at the 2015 Broken Resolutions Ball
Kyle Downs at the 2015 Broken Resolutions Ball

 Why WE Want YOU Involved

Although Interstate has been approached by record labels and outside producers, we have chosen to remain independent so we can make the music you want to hear. With a diverse soundscape that is not commercially minded or “market tested”, Interstate is ready to re-introduce you to pop music you can love in the daylight—no guilty pleasures here.

Unlike so many crowd-funded projects, this is complete. The songs are already written and recorded, and awaiting your ready ears! 

Jake in studio with Matt Speck, 2011
Jake in studio with Matt Speck, 2011

By making a pledge you are simply pre-ordering our finished record, and receiving a gift from the band as a ‘thank you’. Help us make this music available to you anywhere, anytime. Your pre-order guarantees you a personal copy of the record and helps Interstate make their music available on your favorite streaming service. Pledge more if you dream of hearing your poetry set to original music, seeing your name in the liner notes, owning your own piece of studio magic, or taking an instrumental or songwriting lesson with the band! Our gift packages are designed to make you the fifth member of the band. 

Jake Englehorn recording drums live, at The Venue in Boise. 2012
Jake Englehorn recording drums live, at The Venue in Boise. 2012

About the Record 

Until I Fall Back Down
Until I Fall Back Down

Interstate’s second album, Until I Fall Back Down, takes our sound to new levels of expression. The simple four-piece texture is consistently lush and rhythmic, and the writing revels in contrast. Each song goes in a new, unexpected direction but the commitment to dramatic melodies and rhythmic instrumental performances is unwavering.

Jake and Kyle, tweaking nobs while recording "Can't Stop Me Now"
Jake and Kyle, tweaking nobs while recording "Can't Stop Me Now"

 The record’s first tune, Good at Goodbye, is its most infectious and singable but perhaps also its most emotional. Earthy instrumentals (acoustic guitars, stand-up bass, and piano) evoke the folk-rock of the 1960s and 1970s while the warm three-part harmonies pay tribute to fond memories. Good at Goodbye’s greatest feat, though, is turning a melancholy lyric into a full-throated, foot-stomping single. 

 Can’t Stop Me Now unleashes a full rock arsenal of wailing electric guitars, layered keyboards, and a filthy bass-driven breakdown. A snarling vocal reflects the confidence of the lyric, just breaking into a scream as the song reaches its zenith. 

 Icarus is chronologically the first song recorded for Until I Fall Back Down, and is where the album gets it's name. Set in the middle of the collection, Icarus paints a more refined picture than the first two songs and marks a point of departure from standard pop/rock tropes. A simple piano ostinato provides the backdrop while a tapestry of melodies and countermelodies are woven around it. Vivid lyrics and remarkable instrumental tones make Icarus a powerful but also thoughtful ballad. 

 If the album is a journey, then Next to Nothing is the destination. Its meditative instrumental drone and gently lilting meter suggest a lullaby, setting the stage for spacey vocals and a haunting lyric. Its form, meter, and even lyrical imagery is inviting and deep, if always just out of reach. 

 Finish what you Started is a funky and irreverent curtain call. The relentless, gravelly arena-rock worthy guitar riff sneers at the record’s cooler tones, inviting the listener to follow into another soundscape. Distorted bass, rhythmic organs, and multi-part vocals add intensity, while the chord changes and contrasting bridge section hold the listener in suspense. 

Risks and challenges

We are set to print and distribute these songs as soon as this campaign ends. Within the month that the project wraps, we are prepared to ship all packages straight to your door! There is no need to worry, you'll be able to hold Interstate's Until I Fall Back Down very soon!

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    "All I Want Is The Music"

    Download our record digitally, to have on all of your devices. Artwork included. (The number seven is also the amount of years since we STARTED recording "Until I Fall Back Down"!)

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    "I Want Something I Can Hold"

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    "I Drink Coffee And I Like Interstate"

    Get the special edition Interstate mug, previously only made in small batches.

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    "I Miss The Broken Resolutions Ball"

    In addition to the physical copy and the mug, get a custom printed poster from a previous Broken Resolutions Ball event. Pick from any of the five years the event ran.

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    "I Wanna See How The Sausage Was Made"

    In addition to getting all the above goodies, you will get three randomly selected photos from the earliest days of recording "Until I Fall Back Down". These were taken in black and white, on a vintage Minolta 35mm camera. Each photo will come with a hand written note from every band member, with a story about the recording process.

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    "It's Laundry Day"

    You get a physical and digital copy, you get a mug, you get a poster, you get some black and white photos, AND you get to choose between an Interstate logo tee, or an exclusive "Until I Fall Back Down" design. Artwork to be released in the final week of the campaign.

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    "Give Me Some Credit"

    As a member donating $100, you will get your name put in the 'thank you' section of the record's liner notes, in addition to getting all of the above goodies.

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    "Hot For Teacher"

    This gets you a private lesson of YOUR choice, on bass (standup or electric), guitar, keyboards, vocals, or songwriting.
    *If location is not within range of Jake, Kyle or Jay, this will be a Skype/video lesson. 50 mins.

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    "Write Me A Song"

    Get your song/poem/lyrics turned into a full song. Send us your song, or beginnings of a song, and we will help you with what it takes to bring it to life, as well as produce it!

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    "I Want A Piece"

    We will send you an amp that was actually used on the recording. In working order even!

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    "The Corner Office Package"

    We will put your name on the record as an executive producer!

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    "I Don't Wanna Leave My Couch"

    Jake, Kyle and Jay will play you and whomever you invite a private one-hour show. Location dependent, Boise or Portland only.

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    "The Whole Enchilada"

    Kyle will make you his famous enchiladas (yes, they ARE famous), We will play you a private concert, including a custom song written just for you. Jay will also record your outgoing voicemail message.

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    • Digital Download
    • Physical Copy of "Until I Fall Back Down"
    • Interstate Coffee Mug
    • Authentic b&w photos from the recording sessions
    • Your Choice Of a past year Broken Resolutions Ball poster
    • A T-shirt
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