The Canadian, indie band that started in 2000. Creating their own music expression and sharing it with the world. Band members: Amy Millan,
Evan Cranley, Chris Seligman, Patrick McGee & Torquil Campbell
The Theory of Relativity (Diamond Rings Remix) - Stars
Tickets for the U.S. Fall Tour are on sale now at http://youarestars.com/shows . Each ticket purchased for a US headlining show comes with a digital copy of the new album!
Stars’ new album, The North, is out now. Free download of “The Theory of Relativity” at http://youarestars.com
Well, beautiful listener,
School is back. The cold is back. And in a moment of perfect timing, we are too. Today, The North comes to you, through the wires or the needle or flimsy silver disc. It means everything to us that you’ve decided to listen again, let us in again.
Like we always do, we got caught up in this thing and we gave it everything we had, so we really hope that you love it and find a place for it in your life for a while. Who knows, maybe forever…
Would it be ok to give you a few tips on how to listen to this record?
Turn it up, first of all - the devil is in the detail, it wouldn’t hurt to have a view.
But most of all, listen for you in this record.
You are all over The North.
Without you. Without a listener, none of these songs make a sound or leave a mark. The North, in a very real way, from this day forward, is yours.
Thank you for letting us play these songs. It’s made this whole thing possible. And thank up for spending a little hard earned money on the music we make. You fucking rock.
P.S. For our fans in the United States, each ticket for one of our headlining US shows this fall comes with a digital copy of The North. If you haven’t yet redeemed this download and already have the album, please feel free to share it with a friend, lover, family member, or somebody who would enjoy new music. We also have a small but fun contest we’d like to do. We recently released only 500 copies of The North on special gold vinyl, but they went fast. We have three copies that we would like to give to you. Simply snap a photo of yourself with your ticket to one of our US shows and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than the end of September 5 for a chance to win a copy of The North on gold vinyl. Each copy is hand numbered and stamped. We can’t wait to see your lovely faces and if we get enough photos, we’ll share a photo album of all of you. We know we’ll cherish it.
Tickets for the U.S. Fall Tour are on sale now at http://youarestars.com/shows . Each ticket purchased includes a digital copy of the new album, delivered on September 4!
Stars’ new album, The North, is out September 4, 2012. Download “The Theory of Relativity” at http://youarestars.com
9/20 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall ^
9/21 - Boston, MA - Paradise ^
9/22 - New York, NY - Webster Hall ^
9/23 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club ^
9/25 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater ^
9/26 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle ^
9/27 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre ^
9/28 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse ^
9/29 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge ^
10/2 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall ^
10/3 - Cincinnati, OH - 20th Century Theatre ^
10/4 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe @ Old National Centre ^
10/5 - St. Louis, MO - Plush ^
10/6 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note ^
10/9 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck ^
10/10 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom ^
10/11 - Little Rock, AR - Revolution Music Room ^
10/12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s Upstairs ^
10/13 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre ^
10/14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits *
10/17 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues ^
10/18 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theater ^
10/19 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre ^
10/20 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore ^
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
^ - Diamond Rings and California Wives opening
# - with Metric
Predicting the sound of any given Stars song takes some doing: The Montreal band traffics in everything from joyfully guitar-driven power-pop to synth-based dance music to string-swept ballads that detail the heartbreaking minutiae of doomed romance. Even the lead voices shift from song to song, with Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell singing to, over and about each other, occasionally swapping verses.
Stars’ sixth album, The North, out Sept. 4, jumps around quite a bit itself, but “Backlines” ought to please fans who’ve gravitated toward propulsively poppy songs like “Elevator Love Letter” and “Ageless Beauty” in the past. All three of those tunes, as it happens, feature Millan, who’s extraordinarily well-suited to a sort of sunny melancholy.
"Backlines" sizzles, pops and fades out quickly like a summertime sparkler: With a running time that barely exceeds two minutes, it hardly bothers to clear its throat before bursting to alternately woozy and spiky life. Stars’ music isn’t often ambiguous — there’s a song on The North called “Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It,” lest the mission statement get lost — but “Backlines” is instead content to get by on fizzy energy, vague references to romantic unease, and its own considerable charm.