Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Album Review: Dead Stars -High Gain EP

Dead Stars
High Gain EP
*** out of *****

This trio from Brooklyn have put together a catchy EP that has flashes of fuzzy noise rock mixed winningly with tender pop melodies. High Gain is delightful EP tossing the sound back to mid 90's Buzz Bin era rock and roll.  

Dead Stars are Jeff Moore on guitars/vocals, John Watterberg on bass and Jaye Moore on Drums. Their alt/shoegaze style motors on "Fractured" with flashes of all the bands from that genre effortlessly mixed in (Sonic Youth, Pavement, etc), this tune is an EP highlight that showcases the groups talent.

"Waste Away" open ups the EP with pumping high tempo guitar lines and driving beat while "Let It Go" and "Staring at the Sun" both have more of a pop/movie soundtrack feel to them. The contemplative "No Sympathy" ends things easy on a mellow note.  Dead Stars takes their alt-rock heroes, sprinkle in their own odds and ends, and come away with some solid sounding High Gain.

This type of tuneage is right in RTBE's wheelhouse and we dig it. This is the first we have heard of Dead Stars, but I am guessing it won't be the last

You can stream the album here and also download it direct from the band.  Peep the video for our favorite song "Fractured" below:

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