Dead Stars describe their sound as “nerd grunge”, which is true in some ways but overlooks the Brooklyn trio’s knack for crafting spirited pop-rock tunes. As locals will attest, a Dead Stars live show is probably the best—and most legal—way to turn off and forget about the day-to-day. Although the band don’t have a radical sound, hook-laden tracks like “Staring At The Sun” and “Fractured” offer a nice alternative to the shoegaze revival currently enveloping the borough. Although the High Gain EP doesn’t quite capture all the fun and energy of a Dead Stars live set, it still acts as a good introduction to a group soon-to-explode onto the public scene. What’s more, High Gain saves the best for last, with the grunge-pop “No Sympathy” acting as a closer that suits bedroom and barroom pogoing alike.
// Sound Affects
"The man whose songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, David Allan Coe, The Highwaymen, and countless others succumbs to time’s cruel cue that the only token of permanence we have to offer are the effects of shared moments and memories.READ the article