The New York City based band recently celebrated this important victory at Rockwood Music Hall with a post-release concert where they performed all 11 songs on the album, plus two brand new songs: "Little Islands" and "Mechanically Round."
Academy Award nominee and singer Abigail Breslin joined the band midway through the performance, adding her voice to "Westfjords" and "Within Me a Lunatic Sings," songs in which she is also featured on Stargroves new album.
The album's inception came when lead singer and primary songwriter Teddy Watson retreated to Iceland for three months to write new music. Upon returning to the states, he formed the group that would become Stargroves and they started experimenting with sounds. The album is built on a full rhythm section that includes Teddy Watson (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo), Charlie Rauh (lead guitar, supporting vocals), Bryan Percivall (bass guitar, supporting vocals), Brad Whiteley (keyboard, synthesizer), and Max Maples (drums).
The group has been steadily gaining recognition from music critics, bloggers and others prior to the album's release. Matthew Coleman of The Music Court Blog, described Teddy Watson's voice as: "smooth, lullaby-esque, and pleasant to listen to." Here's what other are saying about Stargroves:
"Very modern Postal Service infused with a slice of Taylor Swift-esque guitar riffs… we are LOVING the complimenting tones of both Teddy and Abigail's voices. Impressive first effort, you hot young thangs!" — Perez Hilton
"Within Me a Lunatic Sings" plays like a Pinterest board of '00s indie rock greatest hits: Stars, Sigur Ros, and Freelance Whales are shot through the group's sound, revealing themselves as the track transitions from jittery boy-girl keyboard pop into a dramatic piano and string section."
— David Greenwald, MTV Buzzworthy
"This is not just pop music; this is pop music that craves for you to listen, to suck it up, to become the music" — Audio Fuzz
The band has such a uniquely original sound, even seasoned listeners have trouble pinpointing possible influences, or trying to figure out where the band got its inspiration.
When asked to describe the band's sound, band leader Teddy explained, "We can be real poppy, but we can also get very dreamy and experimental. I think our best songs are the ones that dabble in both spheres. My main focus in songwriting is making sure the tracks are melody-driven."
When asked about his idols and musical influences, he replied "Stars is my biggest personal influence, and I try my best to sound like Torquil Campbell. I'm also super into Sigur Rós, The Innocence Mission, Freelance Whales, and a lot of indie pop bands."
The success of the album release concert is a pre-launch for their fall concert schedule, performing at locations along the Eastern seaboard from Philadelphia to Maine before expanding their touring to the rest of the country.
To see video footage of Stargroves performance at Rockwood Music Hall, visit YouTube here: http://youtu.be/-bgnxS_bpMg?list=UU8sDJkRnIukF8gOmHzCVdlg
Find out more about the band on the Stargroves website http://stargroves.squarespace.com.
Stargroves new album is available for download on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stargroves/id887451139
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