NEW RARITIES COMPILATION THE MYSPACE YEARS OUT NOW. BUY HERE. STREAM ON SPOTIFY LISTEN TO SINGLE “THE REWARD OF NORMATIVITY” HERE About the album: So the other day I was looking for a drum plug on a really old hard drive and found a folder
NEW RARITIES COMPILATION THE MYSPACE YEARS OUT NOW. BUY HERE.
LISTEN TO SINGLE “THE REWARD OF NORMATIVITY” HERE
About the album:
So the other day I was looking for a drum plug on a really old hard drive and found a folder that was bluntly named DO NOT SHARE! Turns out the folder contained a bunch of old recordings dated 2003 to 2006. Interesting, because I had completely forgot I had them. So I put like all songs (around 25) in my media player and started listening to them. Sure, most of the tracks made me cringe A LOT. The production was sloppy, vocals were strained and off key and lyrics were lazily written. However, some tracks were also very interesting to hear after such a long time and in fact some of them were pretty good.
In 2003, I was in constant trial-and-error mode musically. I had discovered all this new amazing recording software (like Reason and Cubase) so I was really experiment as much as I could in my home studio. Even though a was kind of in a creative frenzy, I hadn’t yet built up the confidence to launch Stars in Coma publicly, so I was still writing without a perceived audience, which I guess made the songs very honest, innocent and naive. I didn’t really have to fin-tune everything because I knew those songs wouldn’t never see the light of day (until my older self found them on said hard drive…). Even when I released my first couple of SiC albums I was still living in this bubble where everything was possible. Then reality kicked in and I became more self-conscious after I received my first bad review in 2008.
So why risk getting a bad review again? Well, I know that some people like the early Stars in Coma releases, and this compilation doesn’t differ that much from that stuff. In fact, some of the songs were written prior or around the same time as those early recordings.
Also, I think it’s always interesting to consume an artist’s work in progress even though it’s unpolished, unfinished and abandoned, and perhaps people will find this release interesting from that perspective. I’ve always liked it when my favorite artists are over-prolific and even put out bad stuff, because it tells a truer and more interesting picture about the artist’s whole work.
I named this compilation “The Myspace Years” because I associate a lot of these songs with that era. That time period was such a creative time when an artist could upload their newest song without thinking too much about a career or a PR campaign. There was this perceived sense of hope that every unknown indie pop songwriter or musician could get an (albeit small) audience, and it was such a wonderful feeling, because we never had an audience to speak of before Myspace.
It was a time before the internet-based indie pop scene had become truly over-saturated and people were still keen on finding new small bands. I’m not saying things are all bad today, but I felt that people dedicated more time to discover and listen to emerging artists before the era of endless Facebook ad campaigns and Soundcloud subscription.
Anyway, back to this release. Some of the songs I found on my old hard drive were simply too cringe-y to officially release. Plus, I would bore the hell out of the listener if I should release everything, so I decided to set a tracklist limit of 12 songs. Hope you’ll enjoy it.
Hi, some exciting news!
In December, we will do a first couple of shows in Madrid, Spain. We will actually do two gigs on December 12, which we’ve never done before. The first one will actually be in a bicycle shop around 12 PM (noon). Then in the evening on the same day, we will play with Madrid-based bands Zipper and Puzzles y Dragones at Maravillas Club.
Hope to see you there! More info below:
NEW ALBUM OUT NOW ON BEKO DISQUES!
On September 13, 2005, I put out my very first release, the seven track mini album Gizmo Goes to War. To celebrate ten years as a musical project, I’ve decided to unveil the brand new seven track effort The Ghosts Were Prolific in Our Minds. From the earliest days, Stars in Coma have mainly been about the solitary creative process, to quickly write and record something and then put it out. While very musically different than my earliest output, this new album is also the result of a short but fruitful creative period that took place during the spring of 2015.
This record is a more electronic experience compared to my more recent releases “The Confessional Sun” and “Arctic Air…” I guess it’s possible to detect a new-found joy for playing around with grooves, loops and synthesizers, which I haven’t been doing for a while. “The Ghosts…” is streaming now on Soundcloud and is available for free at awesome French label Beko Disques. Hope you’ll like it!
Swedish music blog Being Blogged just unveiled our newest single “Pieces of a Lonely Night.” Check it out below!
This Saturday (April 18), we will play a show at Bandstationen, Ryd, Sweden. It’s in the darkest woods of Småland, so it’s sure gonna be an interesting and pagan experience. Facebook event below:
Hope to see you there!
We’ll be playing at Klub Geyser in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Saturday January 31. Hope to see you there!
Hope this summer’s been treating you good. Just wanna say a special thanks to all the people who made our shows so very special this year. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We will now slip into some kind of silent period, working on new songs and waiting for the new WoW expansion.
Here’s a video of “Cherry Weekend” from our gig in Indiefjord, Norway.
and the whole show from NYC Popfest back in May is available here!
I also made an interview with Walter The Fish, discussing our first US show, among other things. It can be found here.