Indie rockers and former art school students stellastarr* may have taken a four-year hiatus after 2005's sophomore effort Harmonies for the Haunted, but they have been busy in 2009. They released their third album, Civilized, on their own label, Bloated Wife Records. Now they've released a single, "Winter Song," backed with a remastered version of album track "Numbers," and are touring the U.S.
The band's sound is equal parts indie rock, new wave, and '90s Britpop. They were contemporaries of Interpol and other NYC new wave bands earlier this decade, and like them, struggled a little to find their footing as the music landscape changed and their sound was no longer what was lighting up the blogosphere.
Rather than try to incorporate African drumming, grow beards, or start making psychedelic folk, stellastarr* have concentrated on doing what they do best: writing catchy, epic songs that balance their Britpop leanings with an aggressive rawness.
"Numbers" sounds like pissed-off Duran Duran, and "Winter Song" is a mid-tempo number that would be pretty if not for unsettling lyrics like "Your love is grand/your shiny rifle takes a delicate hand/makes no different to the government slave/It's just a long long winter's day."
Word on the street is that they put on a good show, so check 'em out live if they are coming to a town near you.
- Dec 3: Popscene, San Francisco, CA
- Dec 5: Spaceland, Los Angeles, CA
- Dec 6: Casbah, San Diego, CA
- Dec 7: Rhythm Room, Phoenix, AZ
- Dec 9: Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO
- Dec 16: Bowery Ballroom NYC
- Dec 18: Paradise, Boston, MA
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