Northern State (band)

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Northern State
Origin Long Island, New York, U.S.
Genres Alternative hip hop, Indie rock[1]
Years active 2002–present
Labels Ipecac Recordings
Columbia/SME Records
Website NorthernState.net
Members Spero, Sprout, Hesta Prynn

Northern State is a female hip-hop/indie rock group from New York, United States.[1] The group consists of members Julie "Hesta Prynn" Potash, Correne "Spero" (previously "Guinea Love," due to her Italian heritage) Spero, and Robyn "Sprout" Goodmark.[2][3] The group is named after the Northern State Parkway, one of the highways on Long Island, New York State.

Biography[edit]

Sprout, Spero and Hesta Prynn attended Half Hollow Hills High School West and graduated in the 1990s.[1] The group was first formed as a joke, Spero stating in 2003 "It was hilarious. Could you imagine three white girls from Long Island opening up their mouths and acting like they could rap?"[3]

In 2002, the group released Hip Hop You Haven't Heard, a four-song collection, the songs from which ended up in remixed form on the 2003 EP Dying in Stereo, which was given a scathing review by Michael Idov in Pitchfork magazine.[4] For their second album, All City, the group worked with Pete Rock, Questlove from the Roots, Har Mar Superstar, and DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill. It was released on Columbia/SME Records, but because of disagreements, the group left the label.[2]

Northern State released their most recent album, Can I Keep This Pen?, on Ipecac Recordings on August 28, 2007. They collaborated with producer Chuck Brody of Shitake Monkey (Wu-Tang Clan, Yoko Ono, etc.) and Adrock from the Beastie Boys to make the new album.[2]

They have shared the stage in North America and Europe with The Roots, Le Tigre, Talib Kweli, De La Soul, The Gossip, Gym Class Heroes, Tegan and Sara, and Cake.[2] Their songs "Better Already" and "Iluvitwhenya" were featured in season 4 episodes of the hit show Grey's Anatomy. Their song "Good Distance" was featured in the episode 5 season 1 of the show Damages.[5]

The band appeared on an episode of Washington-based television show Pancake Mountain alongside Tegan and Sara.

Northern State covered "No Surprises" for Stereogum Presents... OKX: A Tribute to OK Computer, a tribute album to OK Computer by Radiohead.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Hip Hop You Haven't Heard (2002)
  • At the Party (2005, Wichita)
  • Better Already (2007, Kanine)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wilson, MacKenzie "Northern State Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-06-28
  2. ^ a b c d Northern State
  3. ^ a b Morton, Pascal (2003) "Rise of the B-Girl", X-RAY, April 2003, Swinstead Publishing
  4. ^ Idov, Michael (2003) "Northern State Dying in Stereo", Pitchfork Media, July 17, 2003, retrieved 2010-06-28
  5. ^ http://northernstate.net//nsp/live/news_live.php

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