Thursday, February 18, 2016

Album Review: "Bright Colors" by Dead Stars

Bright Colors
Who remembers the free wheeling 90's?

Those were the days were they not?

If you think about the Pop Culture of that decade, man oh man oh Chavez was it a great time to be alive.

Micheal Ian Black was a leading member of The State on MTV and not a politically savvy twitter profile.

Hillary Clinton's husband was the leader of the free world and we had seventy five cent per gallon gas here in St. Louis.

People still drove Suzuki Samurais even knowing they would probably topple over on them. The environmental movement was launched into the consciousness of the wider world. People weren't attacking science as much as they are today.

It truly was a memorable time. I came of age in the 90's and even though metal was finally killed off, again, for the fifth time, I still look back fondly on my salad days.

Dead Stars
Well, your friend and humble narrator isn't the only one who remembers the 90's and looks back on them with praise.

Brooklyn's native suns, Dead Stars, also remember them.

If you took the pop sensibility of Weezer, the punk rock semi-anger of Bob Mould, and then really cranked up the FUZZ, you're about halfway there with Dead Stars.

They are a band that wears their influences on their sleeves, but they're far more than just aping what others have done before them.

To begin with, this fuzzy guitar sound had me hooked. If Thurston Moore could've achieved this sound, I would have loved Sonic Youth. Dead Stars's Jeff Moore is a pop guitar wizard. His rhythms coupled with drummer Jaye Moore lurch this band forward at 4/4 time.

Who knew 4/4 could be this much fun?

That's not to downplay the contributions by bassist, John Watterberg. This rhythm section is good enough to make yours truly sound good on guitar. This trio manufactures an airtight sound that's bouncy and fun.

From start to finish, toes are tapping and the final goodbye of Oh Well ends this one perfectly.

Bright Colors is not to be missed!

Release: 3/4/16
Genre: Alt-Pop
Label: Joyful Noise

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