Label: Hundred Handed Inc.
Stars In stereo’s upcoming self-titled album may be the band’s first full-length but by no means, individually, are these musicians industry rookies—made ever more apparent by the tight-knit instrumental synchronization and quality of production displayed in the album’s opening track “The Broken” a solid intro track that gives the listener an idea of what Stars In Stereo has in store: rock music, a hot female vocalist (with attitude), and some electronic musical trim. The band shifts gears with tracks like “Dealing Secrets” and “Violence” both taking a more aggressive Pop-Punk direction—the latter having a breezy rhythmic Rock composition, and the former jamming out the album’s raunchiest riffs. In comparison, the band slows it down for a couple tracks: songs like “Open Your Eyes” show a more delicate side of Stars In Stereo and allow singer Bec Hollcraft’s vocal range to take center stage.
The album’s black sheep is definitely “Lie Down” Stars In Stereo definitely could have left this one out: the transition from its heavy electronic, darker toned verse to it’s Soft-Rock bubbly chorus, is just way too sharp of a conceptual contrast and not very friendly on the ears. As if a saving grace, ironically, the very next track “Red Eyed Romance” is my personal favorite—what starts off as a a softer ballad, builds tempo and then bursts into the album’s most explosive chorus yet; it’s literally the perfect hook: sonically catchy and laced with all the right butterflies—This song is seriously radio-friendly, and if chosen as the next single; I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Mainstream Rock radio stint. All in all, Stars In Stereo is a very solid release, not to mention an impressive debut LP; you can pre-order your copy of the album today.
Review by Matt Crane – HHM