"There's a twist of early Bombay Bicycle Club in Star Rover's guitar-led sound; a streak of the avant-garde and individual required to elevate an indie-pop track head and shoulders above its peers."
- the line of best fit
"It’s a bit electronic, a bit punk, a bit folk, and a whole lot of whimsical is some way... The amount of layers created by these two men truly had me on my toes."
- GIRL AT THE ROCK SHOWS
For Immediate Release: May 31, 2018
Star Rover is Will Graefe (guitar, vocals) and Jeremy Gustin (drums, vocals) -- two seasoned musicians steeped in NYC's vibrant indie music scene. Independently, Graefe and Gustin have worked as session and touring musicians with acts including: Albert Hammond Jr., Sam Amidon, David Byrne, Delicate Steve, Bill Frisell, Jesse Harris, Kimbra, Landlady, Marc Ribot, Okkervil River, Rubblebucket, Tiago Iorc, and Renata Zeiguer. Together, as Star Rover, Graefe and Gustin create golden era post-rock mixed with sophisticated avant-pop.
The band's forthcoming debut album, titled I May Be Lost But I'm Laughing, was written about life and death ("Peppermint Olive") and finding joy and beauty ("Byron Bay") amongst chaos and inevitable sadness ("Red Sky Mourning"). The album has the intensity of rock music, without the typical sonic elements of the genre. It's for fans of Grizzly Bear, Deerhoof, John Fahey, The Sea and Cake, Black Keys, and Rodan, and it features co-writes with Dr. Stuff and Y Music's Rob Moose.
The first single to be released from the album, called "Byron Bay," premieres today at The Line of Best Fit: "There's a twist of early Bombay Bicycle Club in Star Rover's guitar-led sound; a streak of the avant-garde and individual required to elevate an indie-pop track head and shoulders above its peers."
In the process of writing the album, Graefe and Gustin discussed the relationship between sounds and textures and temperatures and climates: "In writing the music to Byron Bay, we took a simple melodic seed and tried to explore all of the spaces around it," says Graefe. "During the process we often talked about how harmony and texture can evoke certain temperatures and climates. The repeated guitar phrase became a centerpiece; bright and beaming yet aquatic, hypnotic and perpetual like waves.
"Later that year Jeremy was on tour in Australia and had a sweltering day off in Byron Bay. He noticed a solitary woman lying on the beach close to the water, almost daring the enormous waves breaking on the shore to reach her. But they never did. Our initial melody popped into his head and a lyric emerged: 'So close/ the waves almost touching her toes/ she knows.'" Once back in Brooklyn, Star Rover recorded the song at Figure 8 Recording with Sam Griffin Owens (Sam Evian), who plays synth on the track as well.
Star Rover will support the second leg of Okkervil River's current US tour, beginning June 5 in Portland, Oregon. The band will return to Brooklyn on June 17 and perform at Trans Pecos. A limited edition 7" featuring "Byron Bay" and "Snow Moving" will be available at shows. I May Be Lost But I Am Laughing will be released this fall on 11A Records.
For media inquiries, please contact Caitlin at Drunken Piano.
June 5 | Portland, OR | Wonder Ballroom *
June 7 | Salt Lake City, UT | The State Room *
June 8 | Denver, CO | Bluebird Theater *
June 9 | Omaha, NE | The Waiting Room *
June 11 | St. Paul, MN | Turf Club *
June 12 | Chicago, IL | Thalia Hall *
June 13 | Detroit, MI | El Club *
June 14 | Toronto, ON | Horseshoe Tavern *
June 15 | Woodstock, NY | Colony *
June 16 | Boston, MA | Royale *
June 17 | Brooklyn, NY | Trans Pecos ^
* w/Okkervil River