Starbenders – Julian

Do you ever take the opportunity to thank a musician and let them know that you enjoy their work? If you are ever in a place to be able to do that, seize the moment.

When I go to a live show and the opening act is manning their merch table I try to make it a point to go over and let them know that I enjoyed their set. I truly feel that artists of all levels appreciate hearing that someone enjoys their work. So, when I saw Starbenders at a recent show I had to speak and pick up their record.

Julian is a short five-song EP but it packs a lot of punch. It is power punk pop rock drenched in a deliciously 80s flare. This record sounds like The Runaways asked Duran Duran, Heart, and the Eurythmics to help them make an album produced by Cyndi Lauper.

At its base, Julian is a guitar-driven rock record. But, it has 80s style electronic sounds mixed with effortless and (mostly) breathy harmonized vocals that make it really unique. It is pop-y, sing-a-long-able, and lighthearted.  Part of this album gets into an almost Bowie-esque arena.

This is the type of record that you can put on at a party. One or two friends might ask about it, but the majority of the people will just think it is a band they missed on the Pretty in Pink soundtrack.

My favorite track: Zero

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