Stars premiered their video for “Backlines” on RollingStone.com yesterday. The playful video finds the band shrunken down to play a small stage in an automaton of a cityscape attacked by a Godzilla like creature. This is the first video from the band’s new album The North (ATO Records) which debuted in the top 50 of Billboard’s Album Chart at #48 and at #12 on Billboard’s Independent Label Chart making it their highest charting Billboard debut to date.
The North, recorded in Montreal’s historic RCA Victor Studios, is Stars’ sixth full-length album and was produced by Stars, Graham Lessard and Marcus Paquin (Arcade Fire). You can purchase a copy now from Stars here or on iTunes here. The album can also be streamed in its entirety on SoundCloud.
“(The North) rewards exploration with moments that alternately swoon, seethe, swing and paralyze.”
“what’s remarkable about The North is how unforced it sounds while conjuring the ghosts of past glories” – Pitchfork
“The band has grown. The music has evolved. But the message of feeling alive despite all odds is more apparent than ever.” -Paste
“Stars have been making excellent music for so long… and have only gotten better and generally less fussy with age. With the release of ‘The North’ this month, Stars have never sounded more at ease.” – Stereogum
“a masterpiece” – Seattle Times
Stars are currently on a North American tour in support of The North. Fans who purchase tickets for any of the US headlining shows will receive a digital copy of The North. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on www.youarestars.com where there are also a variety of album bundles.
Upcoming North American Tour Dates
11/7 – Portland, OR – The Aladdin Theatre
11/8 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
11/9 – Victoria, BC – Save on Centre # *
11/10 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena # *
11/12 – Kelowna, BC – Prospera Place # *
11/14 – Calgary, AB – Stampede Corral # *
11/15 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place # *
11/17 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre # *
11/19 – London, ON – John Labatt Centre # *
11/23 – Kingston, ON – K-Rock Centre # *
11/24 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre # *
* – ticket does not include album download
# – with Metric