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Starbenders – Down & Out

Starbenders grab on to the fabric of hard rock ecstasy with their new single

Starbenders recently released their album Heavy Petting on Institution Records. The album was a mix of power rockers and moody hypnotic prowess. It’s a push back to ‘80s accentuation and the ideology that anything goes.

As a post-thought to Heavy Petting, the band releases “Down & Out.” More level-headed than the aggressive “Downtown,” the song is more about Kimi Shelter’s voice than the statement of music as a whole. In a production sense, this is the best I have heard her sound. She is accentuated in the exact moment while her guitars create a the power that spirals us through the galaxy.

Like a female version harnessing the star power from Paul Stanley, while channeling the immediateness and strength of Doro Pesch or Kim McCauliffe, Shelter provides an escape into a rock and roll hyper-fantasy.

The androgyny of the tune makes us feel like we can be exactly who we want to be. The song is a guided tour of ’80s rock without being cheeky or pointing at the fact that their are elements of the ’80s involved. And Shelter proves that women can indeed carry strength in a rock environment. If the inspirational quote “Dance like no one is watching” is a mantra, then the dance floor is your oyster. We may have nothing, but this song is everything!

Andrew Duncan
Dug out from a pile of zines and hot sauce, Andrew Duncan has contributed to many publications through the years, including Chord and work with the ever so spunky Readyset...Aesthetic! He now resides deep within your membrane.

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