About Solstate from Auckland

Solstate have just announced the release of their debut album

“Whispers & Tremors’

due our mid November 2008.

Lead singer and songwriter Troy McKubre has created a sound that is fast winning fans all over the planet and helped secure them a spot at this years Big Day Out Festival. The lush dynamic range of hard rock, metal and acoustic music incorporates many new sounds and electronic influences.

Super engineer/producer Ben Grosse (Marilyn Manson, Filter, Breaking Benjamin, 30 Seconds to Mars, Sevendust) found Solstate through myspace and was so keen on the music he got in contact and signed on to mix two upcoming singles. In April 2008 McKubre traveled to Los Angeles to work with Grosse in the legendary ‘Mix Room’ studios.

The debut single released to radio in 2007 was “Alright Now” (featuring Boh Runga) and it reached #7 in the NZ Rock Radio Charts, a fantastic first up success. The next single “Against & With” also charted well and was included on July’s NZ On Air Hit Disc. Videos for these songs also received airplay on NZ music TV.

McKubre enlisted Tristan Reilly (drums) and Dan Insley (bass) plus Zorran Mendonza and Darren Crowe (guitars) to help him transform the album to the live arena and in November 2007 Solstate were awarded a Phase Four album grant from NZ On Air. 

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