Starring Signs Two Record Deal with Northern Spy, New Album Out June 2012

“The band is nearly as omnivorous as King Crimson when it comes to genre, and just as good at making all the bits fit together: I think I’m picking up Deep Purple, the MC5, Sonic Youth, Soft Machine, and Devo, all sitting together on the same plate so that everybody’s sauce leaks into everybody’s meat. It’s a heady and beautiful blend.” – The Chicago Reader


“Think Suicide and a Wooden Ship sailing merrily on a thermos full of Red Bull and Verb Caf coffee… Starring join together to tinker with volume, rhythm and the infectious drone of a Farfisa, angling to be a force more invested in body music than mind music.” - The Village Voice


“[Starring]…played with a vigorous clarity, a compositional vision and instrumental facility that no amount of psych haze, guitar fuzz, or jam flirtations could obscure.” - Impose Magazine


“…a uniquely infectious form of art rock.” - Time Out New York


In 2008, a group of five friends who met at Oberlin College started a project they called Starring with modest ambitions to play loud and wild prog rock in late-night headlining slots around Brooklyn’s DIY circuit. The band’s first recordings (which appeared only as hand-made cassettes and a small run of LPs on screen-printed vinyl), were described by critics at the Village Voice as “kraut” or “circus” punk, apt names for music that was exploring ways to join punk minimalism with proggy, psychedelic maximalism.


In 2011, Starring went on a brief hiatus and partnered with Matt Mehlan (Skeleton$ and Congotronics vs Rockers) to write and record a full-length album that aimed at something sculptural and deliberate – a more measured, balanced composition than their first, that sought to integrate the lyrical and the experimental. Drawing inspiration from new creative directions in their many other projects and collaborations (Pterodactyl, Frankie Rose, Skeleton$, Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang, Talibam!, Till By Turning, Anthony Braxton), the band spent six months writing and recording their new concept album due out this Summer on Northern Spy Records, prefaced by a Spring US tour with rock artist Bobby Conn. Full album details and new music coming soon

Starring Live

05/19/12 Brooklyn, New York – 285 Kent Ave *^%
05/20/12 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie ^
05/21/12 Baltimore, MD Golden – West Cafe ^
05/22/12 Cleveland, OH – Happy Dog ^
05/23/12 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups ^
05/24/12 St. Louis, MO – El Lenador ^
05/25/12 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle ^&


* = w/ R. Stevie Moore
^ = w/ Bobby Conn
% = w/ Zun Zun Agui
& = w/ Cave




Label Contact:
Adam Downey

PR Contact:
Derek Meir – Solid PR

Booking Contact:
Derek Becker – Strange Victory Booking Company



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