The State of Art

The State of Art are an Alternative Rock / Indie / Britrock / Britpop band from Grimsby.




Formed by Andy Downes in 2007 but, after some line-up changes, it really began in 2009 when Martin Johnson joined on Bass and Martin Ellis re-joined on Drums.



The “Mexican Flag” EP was released in 2011 and is available on Bandcamp. The song “Better Plans” received airplay on the “Introducing” sections of BBC Radio Humberside, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire.


In 2016 they started self-recording and producing an album with mastering carried out by Matt Cade (Not Tonight and the Headaches, Simon Wells, Down By Law).


The self-titled debut album was released in the summer of 2017, it is available on CD and digital download from Bandcamp and can also be found on iTunes, Spotify and Deezer.





Songs from the album received positive responses and airplay on BBC Introducing Humberside and Lincolnshire, resulting in a live session for BBC Introducing Humberside which can be found on YouTube.


Shortly after the release of the album, Mark Stewart joined as lead guitarist. As all members have known each other from high-school and college, the focus is (and always has been) on friends getting together to play music they enjoy.






The band have many different influences ranging from 90’s Britpop / Britrock, Indie, Rock, Punk and Metal.




Line Up:


Andy Downes (Guitar, Vocals)


Mark Stewart (Lead Guitar)


Martin Johnson (Bass, Backing Vocals)


Martin Ellis (Drums, Backing Vocals)