Notes:w. Guardian Alien In 2008, a group of friends who met at Oberlin College started Starring with modest ambitions. Following their early releases (which appeared only as hand-made cassettes and a small run of LPs on screen-printed vinyl), critics at the Village Voice called their music “kraut” or “circus” punk, apt names for music that was exploring ways to join punk minimalism with proggy, psychedelic maximalism. Drawing inspiration from new creative directions in their many other musical projects and collaborators (Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang, Pterodactyl, Frankie Rose, Skeleton$, Talibam!, Till By Turning, Anthony Braxton), the band spent six months writing their most recent concept album to be release on Northern Spy Record, a landscape of trap doors and bizarre juxtapositions.
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