It may sound like a night at a disco with the village people, but Stars in Stereo is all about the rock and they deliver just like the big boys in their fabulous self-titled album and we have been pissing off the neighbours with it for a few days now and happily they’ve all died of loss of blood from the ears.
It can be a tentative subject when we approach female fronted punk rock bands, the natural reaction is to think Paramore and shudder that another potentially great voice will be constricted and ruined by corporate suits and destroy what was once an amazing act. No worries here though, thankfully any concerns that Stars in Stereo will venture the same self-destructive route as Paramore can be laid to rest when we hear this album for several reason; the first and most important is that Bec Hollcraft’s vocals blow Hayley Williams clean out of the water, in fact she’s so far out of her league it can scarcely be called the same game. On top of this the rest of the band look solid and in all of the live videos filling up YouTube look to be enjoying what they are doing, the writing and subsequent playing is quality and the album feels more mature and ultimately more enjoyable.
Comparisons aside having a smoking hot front woman can’t hep the ratings but within the first few minutes of opening track ‘The Broken’ it’s clear that Hollcraft isn’t a cash cow, she’s a real performer akin more to Lacey Sturm (ex-Flyleaf) or Maria Brink (In This Moment). There’s a few more years to go before we enter Lzzy Hale (Halestorm) territory but the talent is definitely there. It’s nice to see a band delivering a collection of quality songs, with no real filler tracks, it won’t be knocking shoulders with the big boys up in the big ten of punk rock albums but it’s a great opener for a young band who have a lot to show the world, and with energy and passion like this where can they go wrong?