Thursday, July 17, 2008

STAR Does Chilton, Noise Pop Style

Local indie noise pop trio STAR have great taste in music. A while ago they previewed a sweet cover of "I'll Do It Anyway" by the Lemonheads on their MySpace site, and now they've put up their brand new take on a rather obscure track by Big Star frontman Alex Chilton called "Rock Hard."

STAR's 2007 album "Devastator" - an exploration of wall of sound and shoegaze somewhere in-between The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Ronettes - was one of my favorite records of the year. Particularly notable were the dreamy vocals of Shannon Roberts, whose detached, commanding lows and angelic highs gave the tunes an extra ethereal feel.

Roberts and the band take a slightly more playful approach on the under-two-minute "Rock Hard," which does just what its title suggests and offers up some noisy fun you'll want to put on repeat. If the song is any indication of what's on tap for the band's upcoming second album, "Violence Against STAR," there's a lot more to look forward to.

Download "Rock Hard" on STAR's MySpace site, and catch them live July 19 at Quenchers and July 26 at the Abbey.

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