Some photos from State of the State II (and Spose talks Rage Against the Machine)

State of the State 2014-327 1
State of the State 2014-327 1

We were at Katalyst's State of the State II event, a one night exposition of some of Maine's most popular musical acts, producing a video about the event for media sponsor Bangor Daily News.

While there we shot some photos of The Other Bones, Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, Spose, and The Mallett Brothers. We also asked Spose and Darren Elder of The Wrecking about their on-stage collaboration. They covered Rage Against the Machine's rendition of Bruce Springsteen's The Ghost of Tom Joad (with the help of Maine Youth Rock Orchestra).

Note: It is not our policy to censor language in interviews, but as this post features photos of members of the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, we figured it appropriate in this circumstance.

Knack Factory: You know how at the State Theater you can hear the music in the restrooms? I was standing at a urinal when the song came on and one dude said to another, "That's Rage Against the Machine that they're playing." The guy he said it to said, "I don't know," as if the other guy asked him a question and the dude responds, "I AM NOT ASKING, I AM TELLING YOU."

Spose: YES! "I'm not asking you if that's Rage Against the Machine, I'm telling you, mother******!" That's awesome.

Knack Factory: Why did you choose The Ghost of Tom Joad?

Spose: The Wrecking chose that. They are a Christian band, and they are great musicians. I get people who ask to do onstage collaborations all the time, but Darren from the Wrecking comes to me—he is one of the kindest people I know—and he comes to me and says, "We were wondering if you wanted to do a cover of Rage Against the Machine's 'The Ghost of Tom…'" And I am like, "Stop right there… Yes."

Darren Elder: I feel like it has a social justice vibe. It is about righteous anger for the poor. Music can be a voice for the voiceless. We're here tonight with Keeping Kids Safe, a group that is dedicated to fighting the prostitution of children.

Spose: Then Darren comes to me and says, "You know we like your music and we are big fans of you and you're a family man and a good guy…" And so I say, "What? Do you not want me to swear? Is this what that is about?" And they're like, "Yes." I said, "Don't f****** worry about it. I'm not endorsed by swearing. I just want to cover this song."