Song of the Day: Dead Stars - Wasted

Song of the Day, The Afternoon Show w/ Kevin Cole
07/14/2014
Janice Headley
photo by Danny Krug

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on The Afternoon Show with DJ Kevin Cole, is “Wasted” by Dead Stars from the 2014 album Slumber out now on Old Flame Records.

Dead Stars - Wasted (MP3)

Brooklyn trio Dead Stars shine bright on their debut release, Slumber, an excellent collection of fuzzed-out '90s-style guitar rock. Formed in 2009 by Jeff Moore (guitar, vocals), his cousin Jaye Moore (drums), and John Watterberg (bass), the band had been self-releasing their music for years until New York label Uninhabitable Mansions stepped in to release their 2013 EP, High Gain. The five-song release caught the attention of Old Flame Records who released their first full-length earlier this summer.

In fact, today's Song of the Day was originally released in 2011 as the title-track of one of those aforementioned self-released EPs. With vocals reminiscent of '90s band HUM and the soaring, high-energy guitar sound of Superchunk, Dead Stars definitely capture the college rock sound in an exuberant way.

You can find Dead Stars on Twitter and Facebook. The band just finished their "Summer Bummer 2014" tour, and will hopefully head to the Northwest soon. Watch the video for a different track, "Someone Else," below:

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