"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: September 7, 2018
Star Rover is an avant-pop / prog-rock duo from Brooklyn. This October they'll release their debut album, but that's not to say they aren't seasoned musicians; both Will Graefe (guitars, vocals) and Jeremy Gustin (drums, vocals) play, tour, write, and record with artists such as Okkervil River, Landlady, Rubblebucket, Albert Hammond Jr., Benjamin Lazar Davis, and more.
"And Then I Remembered" is the second single to be released from I May Be Lost But I'm Laughing -- out October 19 on 11A Records. The track features golden-voiced Dr. Stuff, who approached the band in 2016, via Instagram. Dr. Stuff was a fan of their 2014 Western Winds Bitter Christians EP, and he wanted to find out if they had any new work in the pipeline. As they messaged back and forth, Star Rover became more and more curious about who he might be, since he seemed to know a lot about music and the scene in general. They forgot about him for a while, but in 2017, when they posted about recording a new record, Dr. Stuff wrote again saying he’d like to collaborate, and he suggested he record vocals on one of their tracks.
Will and Jeremy were apprehensive to say the least! Dr. Stuff had never said where he lived and he had no followers or posts. But they both had a strange, intuitive feeling about the opportunity, so they gave Dr. Stuff a shot. Shortly after sharing "And Then I Remembered" with him, Dr. Stuff sent back a recording that shocked and moved them, deeply. There was something familiar about his voice, and his lyrics were marvelous, but they couldn’t quite place it. Dr. Stuff never admitted who he was, nor where he lived, and he wouldn’t accept any form of payment. In fact, shortly after sending the band the completed track, Dr. Stuff halted email contact and deleted his Instagram account. Star Rover never heard from him again.
The video for "And Then I Remembered" premieres today at New Noise Magazine. The clip follows a unique kind of couple (played by Holly and Jonathan of BREAKTIME) as they come together and fall apart while raising a "child" together. Director Julia Barrett-Mitchell declares, "Whether or not they'll live happily ever after in the end of the video wasn't as important to me as the realization that they're trying again. In life, we'll all struggle, but we have to remember to keep showing up to do the work. And that's what the characters finally do; they let their guards down and they show up for each other.
"The gender-reversal wasn’t an attempt at making any grandiose statements about gender roles as much as it was an easy way to make a familiar nuclear-family story feel fresh and add some playfulness," she adds. "As a collaboration between bunch of queer artists in the year 2018, it’s nice to have the freedom to normalize a gender reversal like that. Regardless, the gender reversal or parenthood wasn’t what this video was about. It didn’t really matter who was the man of the house or who was the mother. This story is about partnership, about loss, and about healing."
Star Rover will celebrate the release of their debut album on October 23 at Union Pool in Brooklyn. Special guests include Tigue, Anna Robert-Gevalt (of Anna & Elizabeth), Henry Jamison, and more. Star Rover will open a slew of dates for Rubblebucket and Diet Cig the following week. I May Be Lost But I Am Laughing will be released on October 19 on 11A Records.
10/23 | Brooklyn, NY at Union Pool (Album Release Show)
10/25 | Fairfield, CT at Warehouse
10/26 | Philadelphia, PA at Union Transfer
10/27 | Washington, DC at U Street Music Hall
10/29 | Asheville, NC at Grey Eagle
10/30 | Nashville, TN at Mercy Lounge
10/31 | Atlanta, GA at Terminal West