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Minor Stars

The Death of the Sun in the Silver Sea

(Summer Secret; US: 26 Jan 2010; UK: Unavailable)

Somewhere betwixt the nouveau psych boogie of Black Mountain, the nervy proto-punk of Fugazi, and the melodic crunch of In Color-era Cheap Trick exists the sound of Minor Stars. Hailing from the fertile sonic ground of North Carolina’s triangle of Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, the power trio is led by Eric Wallen, an electrical engineering sutdient who was on the fast track to earning a Ph.D. from Duke University before he sold his soul for rock ‘n’ roll. The Death of the Sun in the Silver Sea is expertly mixed by famed indie rock boardsmith Scott Solter, who brings his experience working with such prolific acts as Superchunk, Mountain Goats, and John Vanderslice to the table here in a quixotic way. Highlighted by such sunshine stoner anthems as “The Death of the Sun”, “Dead Weight”, and “Silver Lining”, any fan of Holy Mountain, Man’s Ruin, and Alive Records will want to check out the major impact these Minor Stars will have on your ear holes.


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