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Stardeath and White Dwarfs – The Birth

Warner Bros Records, 2009

I do enjoy those epic album covers.  This one’s giant face nebula could mean anything, whether it’s light pop (see: pink), electronic dance or heavy, heavy metal.  I was sort of hoping for metal because the stunning impression of the cover looks like it wants to consume you.  On the back of the album there’s even a skull, which when combined with the freakish face could have been a warning a la Indiana Jones that ye who listen to thine record shall dieth by a giant rolling rock.  I didn’t care, for I knew these guys were going to rip it and I had to hear it.

One would think that Stardeath and White Dwarfs (SWD from now on) was going to get a seriously fantastic rock record on with the opening chugging riff of “The Sea is on Fire”, but something about Dennis Coyne’s vocals gives a bit away.  It’s not harsh enough, or perhaps it is too nasally … I don’t know.  The falsetto intro to “New Heat” is quickly forgotten as the song quickly picks up with a rapid drum beat, but yet again it was apparent that SWD were leaning more towards indie pop rock than anything louder.  Oh well, there go the metal dreams.

The track that deftly balances the band’s musical interests is “The Age of the Freak”.  Coyne breathily sings throughout while the band switches between serenity and pounding rock.   It’s one of those turn it up high songs so that you can truly feel the brunt of the hard riffs.  Gotta say, it’s growing on me on each spin and it’s not even smoky in here.  However, the song that may end up being one of the better ones is “Those Who Come From the Sun Return to the Sun” due it having no vocals at all.  SWD zips through a two minute funky rock instrumental that probably would have sounded absurd if Coyne put his vocals on it.  Good choice to leave it alone.

If you want something light with touches of heaviness then surf on over to their website or listen a bit at MySpace.

Although this record technically qualifies as a Bust given that it didn’t sound as epic as its album cover, the breezy pop combined with some harder rock numbers made it a nice enough record.   I guess the lead singer is related to the Coyne in the Flaming Lips, which makes a lot of sense given some of the similarly sounding tunes on the album.  I imagine since this debut album came out in 2009 that Stardeath and White Dwarfs still have something to give us later on.  Hopefully they focus more on the heavy rock ‘n roll than the dreamier rock stuff.  I heard the Lips cornered that market already anyway.

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