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Last Sunday, Cinco de Mayo, I had the chance to check out a band from Los Angeles that I had never heard of, Stars in Stereo. The five piece was opening for Bullet For My Valentine, but their sound was more radio friendly. They definitely had a sound that can be carried into large arenas, so they did well playing to a venue of around 2500 people, but they seemed as though they haven’t quite perfected on stage antics for the big stages yet. Nonetheless, the members interacted with each other very well on stage. Singer Bec Hollcraft interacted well with the crowd, and both parties appeared to be having fun.
Overall the sound of the band is very easy to get in to. The members of the band all dressed in dark colors with haircuts and appearances that would otherwise imply that they play heavier music, but instead they play pop music with themes and attitudes of heaver music. Overall, their sound is very much like what they are often billed as, “a female-fronted band along the same lines as 30 Seconds to Mars”. They had a few songs that stood out well, including their single “The Broken”, which is easy to sing along to. The band has a wall of sound underneath the vocals, with Hollcraft joining in on third guitar for part of the set. The band also made use of delay pedals and electronic synth backing tracks. Paired with their sound was a set on screens covering speaker cabinets. These screens showed different images and some song lyrics. They had a very well rehearsed live show, and everything that they did held up live.
If you are into bands like 30 Seconds to Mars or Flyleaf, you will enjoy this band’s music. While I could tell that they are still getting used to bigger stages, I would still say that they show enormous potential to develop into a much bigger band, especially if they keep touring with big acts!
A true DIY artist, and a rising star on the national scene, Allison Weiss conveys the heartbreak and longing that only comes when you truly love someone. She takes that feeling, puts it to music, and somehow makes it catchy as all hell. Every track on her newest full-length, Say What You Mean, is a classic, full of the pop smarts and brilliant hooks that she is known for, without sacrificing any of the emotion and art that enriches the songs.
Whenever a new band emerges in the shoegaze genre, it is always important to show their new audience that they can create music that will not bore you with echo and fuzz. WIth their debut album, Plains, Australian band The Laurels shows us that they are capable of writing great shoegaze tunes. The band shows that they have listened to the classic albums in the genre by Brian Jonestown Massacre and My Bloody Valentine, but they certainly have their own charm.
The bleak and foreboding feedback opening foretells the darkness to come in the new single from Edge Of Paradise, “Break Away.” Produced by Michael Wagener, who has worked with Ozzy and Metallica, the song is the lead-off single from their newest album, Perfect Shade Of Black.
With a fist in the air and a melody in their hearts, pop punk bangers Broadway Calls have returned with a new album, titled Comfort/Distraction. 11 tracks of anthemic pop punk, the album is full of songs of heartbreak and renewal, all catchy and ready to be sung along with at top volume, windows down and voice raised.