Bands to Watch #154: Starlings

By on Thursday, 7th January 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Go back 4, 5 years ago and you couldn’t escape the hoards of skinny jeaned teenagers grabbing guitars and kick starting indie bands to echo NME poster-boys such as Arctic Monkeys and The Kooks. Now it would appear all the young dudes are swapping their Strats for synths, and are instead empracing electro pop to it’s soon-to-be-death. The band we’d like to introduce today, Starlings, are a four piece from Sheffield particularly enjoying the more digital sided sounds of things. But, hey, don’t get me wrong, I really do like them!

Starlings formed last Christmas and, between their day jobs as school teachers and solicitors, have managed to knock out a set of truly decent numbers in said short space. Tracks such as the awesome ‘Sirens’ showcase Starlings ability to produce pretty darn epic dancefloor-electronica ala Delphic, while further tunes splashed with heavier wavings of guitars, like ‘Club Scene’, echo the band’s more quirky, alternative sound, ala The Automatic if fronted by Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy.

I must say, it’s always nice to think you’ve caught onto a band before anyone else, and I can’t help but sense TGTF may have picked up on four soon-to-be radio starlets here in the form of Starlings. Seriously, hit the band’s MySpace page to hear more!

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[…] things off will be one of Sheffield’s finest rising stars, Starlings (pictured left), who Jess introduced at the start of the year. Mixing beats, synths and strings to come up with electric gold floor fillers, Oxjam and BBC Radio […]

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