by Linda Spielman
With the resurgence of what everyone is
calling the pop/punk movement in music and the overwhelming response to
this new era of punk, those who remember the truly golden days of this
genre of music feel void of what it was like to listen “true punk”.
Hearing NYC based Stellastarr* takes one back into a time machine where
London’s neo-punk bands like the Clash, The Cure, The Dead Milkmen, and
all those who followed embodied what we all remember as true punk rock.
Robert Smith would be proud to hear his haunting vocals reincarnated in
lead singer Shawn Christensen’s stage presence, raw energy and singing.
The band comprised of Christensen, Arthur
Kremer on drums, Michael Jurin on guitar & vocals, and bassist/vocalist
Amanda Tannen bring back a genre of music to its truest form that has been
recently saturated into an MTV friendly format by many bands. UK based
NME publication toted Stellastarr* as a “dream of a band with nearly every
element absolutely perfect. This is a band with wit, imagination and a
knack for hooks.”
With an EP already under their belt and embraced by the London music scene,
an ever growing fan base that seems to outnumber the capacity limits of
the NYC clubs they’ve been playing, and now a newly released full-length,
self titled CD, Stellastarr* now has the backing of a major label to push
forward in bringing a not so forgotten form of music back to public.
If you were to close your eyes during their
set, those of us who grew up in the day of John Hugh’s movies, skinny ties,
Devo, Valley Girls, etc., can almost feel transported back in time. With
Tannen’s Pixie-esque backing vocals complimenting Christensen’s lead, Kremer’s
strobe light and Elvis sunglasses, Jurin’s rebellious guitar riffs all
complete the visual to the equally strong songs. Their songs are classic
in melody and structure, but not knock-offs of their punk forefathers.
Opening for the Raveonettes, who in their own right are current underground
music icons, Stellastarr* seem to have no problems winning over the U.S.
crowds. More than up for the challenge of grasping the audiences
attention, the band playing through their newly released album win more
applause and fans with each song. Songs such as “My Coco”, “Somewhere
Across Forever” and “In The Walls” are just a few that bring back the true
elements and guts that made punk music such a force to be heard in its
glory day. Stellastarr* is not a sugar coated version of what people are
calling pop/punk today. They are what people remember as true punk of yesterday
for a new generation.
Website - learn more about the band and preview songs from their EP
and purchase the new EP from Stellastarr*
by Linda Spielman
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