Montreal’s Stars craft thoughtfully provocative indie-rock with glossy pop veneers to make music that philosophizes over secret dreams then dresses them in pomp before descending into tenderness. A glorious sound on record, their live shows bring these monumental mementos even more to life. Embarking on a fourteen-date tour around Canada and the Northeast, Stars’ bassist, guitarist and songwriter Evan Cranley was kind enough to take some time out before hitting the road to answer a few questions.
MAXIMUM INK: Over the course of eighteen years, what would you say have been the major changes in the band’s outlook, style, goals?
EVAN CRANLEY: The outlook is hopeful darkness. Always has been. Love and loss, light and dark. And the goals are the same. Sound-tracking people’s lives, and believing in the power of song.
It’s an over saturated world. And hopefully we can levitate some lives.
MI: On your webpage (www.youarestars.com) the band invites fan from each of their stops to choose their top three songs for the encore. How does the band go about determining a set list after eight albums into their career?
EC: It takes time to write a set-list. Every song chosen has a huge impact on the listener’s memory. Where they were, what relationship they were in….I’d say a balance of past and present is best for the show. And by giving the listener a choice it gives the audience a chance to feel like a performer.
MI: Have you ever been approached about Stars: The Musical? Your songs in many cases have a theatrical center and strong narrative.
EC: We have! And the band will be working on something next year. It will feel intimate and really show the history of the band through song.
MI: Where does the action happen? Are things worked out in rehearsals, office meetings, dance floor, email, recording studios?
EC: We have a tree-house we call Zoomer located in the Montreal neighbourhood of Mile End. We have a studio there, and it’s our cauldron. Its an apartment overlooking the snow and traffic in the city that has been the inspiration of so many of our records. We are a winter band. We are cold. And it’s when our best work comes out.
MI: I was very happy to see My Brightest Diamond opening for your Madison stop. It seems a natural pairing, did you get to choose your support and is there history between the bands?
EC: So are we! We’ve admired MBD from afar. And are thrilled to have them. Time to bring the drama!
Stars with My Brightest Diamond play Madison’s Majestic Theater Monday Dec 3rd.(234) Page Views Stars Online:
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