Posted November 8, 2007 in

Like fellow Canucks Metric, who passed through SoCal last month, Montreal’s Stars exist somewhere between cult status and mainstream, err, stardom: critically respected, enduring, and with enough fans to fill theatres worldwide, yet not about to pop up on TRL anytime soon. (The common ground doesn’t end there: both Stars and Metric contribute members to indie-rock super-collective Broken Social Scene). Formed seven years back by vocalist Torquil Campbell and keyboardist Chris Seligmen, Stars really shine when co-vocalist/guitarist Amy Millan injects her semi-detached, translucent coffee shop timbre. Following 2004’s breakthrough third album Set Yourself on Fire, Stars raised eyebrows in July when they made follow-up In Our Bedroom After the War available for download fully two months before its official September release date. As they’ve racked-up road miles since the success of Fire, Stars (who’re completed by bassist Evan Cranley and drummer Pat McGee) have veered from electronic-pop to literate light rock, yet their core values prevail: articulate instrumentation; uncluttered production; nuanced co-ed vocals; and narrative lyrics obsessing over our love/hate relationship with romance. Equally informed by Marvin Gaye and New Order, Stars are neither cutting-edge hip nor retro cool: they’re simply a band striving to bring the sounds in their heads to life and all the more seductive for it. (Paul Rogers)

Stars will perform at the Glass House, 200 W. 2nd Street, Pomona, (909) 865-3802, November 12; 8pm, Tickets $15


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