Stars come out for autumn 2012 UK dates and new album

Posted: 6th September 2012
Canadian alt-pop outfit to hit The North (and south) with sixth long-player, tickets on sale now

When it comes to naming your band, it's paramount that you browse the net for potentially like-minded outfits out there and the avoidance of duplication and subsequent legalities - just ask Brother and One Direction. Actually, in their cases, maybe leave them to it.

Stars, on the other hand, probably did check beforehand - they share their band name with a 1970's Australian outfit, a Japanese psychedelic collective (OK, they're called The Stars) and a British rock/folk supergroup starring Syd Barrett. It's probably safe to presume that Stars from Canada are going to be all right when it comes to legal judgement. They're a bugger to find on the net though, but once discovered, Stars do shine very, very brightly indeed.

Formed of friends associated with the acclaimed and rougher-sounding Broken Social Scene, whom they've previously toured with, the band have issued six albums in almost double that amount of years and have flirted with acclaim with the odd album, such as debut 'Nightsongs' (it included a cover of The Smiths' 'This Charming Man') and their last set, 2010's 'The Five Ghosts'.

On 4th September, the synth-rock outfit will issue album number six, 'The North', which features free download-track 'The Theory of Relativity' (head to their site for a copy), a collection which sees them back on form and out on the road in the autumn.

Their UK and Ireland tour starts in Dublin on 30th November, then Galway on 1st December, before heading over to Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Wolves and finally London's Garage on the 7th. Tickets are on sale now via us, priced at £11/£12.

Paul Pledger