This kind of sucks.
Stars The back cover of Cedar Fire’s Stars depicts a dot-matrix image of Evel Knievel, and that’s a pretty strong visual representation of what the band sounds like. They’re more or less a meat-and-potatoes rock ’n’ roll band, all power chords and hammy vocal affectations— the kind of band you could hear at any dive bar in America and would feel right at home. That said, they’re still just diluted facsimiles of bands like The Stooges or MC5. There’s nothing wrong with that, but there’s also nothing particularly memorable, either.
That’s our review in San Diego Citybeats annual Great Demo Review.
A little background- Citybeat is our alternative weekly and tends strongly towards hipster music- cute indie rock, abrasive indie punk, rap made by rappers who are not black, and, oddly enough, heavy metal.
So it’s not totally surprising that we’re not really what they like. I’m trying to write hits like I hear on the radio. I know that’s not cool to admit to, but there it is. Not cause I want to get rich, but that’s the kind of music I like. But it’s still not fun getting called lousy, having to talk the rest of the band off the ledge.
I forget where I read this (otherwise I’d credit them), but I was having a discussion about music online and someone made the point of- what if we demanded of food what we routinely demand of musicians- i.e. coming up with something totally unique and new or we don’t like it. Of course, some food critics probably are like that, but the rest of us are just fine eating something dozens, maybe hundreds of times over our lifetime, without demanding it be brand new.
So yeah, I’m rationalizing here, but I think of our band like a good burrito. Not a reinvention of the wheel. I’m too old and not talented enough to make it as a musician, but I love making music and so that’s what I do.
That being said, we’re talking about recording another EP this summer, so I’m going to get on the ball and fine tune some songs. Maybe do better next year.
Update- added a link to our bandcamp. The review had a link to our page, so it actually got us a few listens the last couple days, which is nice. One of the things I told my band was- if I had read this review I would have said- oh a band that likes the MC5 and The Stooges, I’ll check them out regardless of what Citybeat says. Looks like maybe some people did that. For the record, I don’t see the resemblance to either band, but to each their own.