LA foursome Names of Stars (www.myspace.com/namesofstars ) today announced the release of their highly anticipated debut album, now available on iTunes (http://tinyurl.com/NoS-iTunes), Amazon (http://tinyurl.com/NoS-Amazon) and all other digital music retailers.
Tracks included on the band's eponymous LP can currently be heard on tastemaking indie radio station KCRW (recent plays include the tracks "What is This Place?" and "Siren"), college radio stations nationwide and on Delta flights across the US as the band was recently selected to appear on Music180's Delta On-Air in-flight music channel (http://blog.music180.com/?p=1066).
The self-produced album was recorded in Santa Monica over the entirety of 2009 and made an immediate impact in the blogosphere, drawing praise and comparisons to Phoenix and Coldplay from sources like FADER Media's TheTripwire.com and Yahoo! Music. The band's members, who came together after playing with various different groups around the Los Angeles music scene, have worked alongside BT, played in Pete Yorn's band and been part of (T-Bone Burnett-produced) Minibar.
Names of Stars consists of: Gabe Grayson (Vocals, Keyboards), Scott Glenn (Guitar), Sid Jordan (Bass, Vocals) and Brocton Funke (Drums, Vocals).
Tracks on the album include:
2. Middle of the Night
3. Love in L.A.
5. Burning Out
6. What Is This Place?
8. Lost and Found
In other Names of Stars news, the band is packing up a few vans with nothing but their gear, generators, their fans and a couple of video cameras, to capture their journey across California deserts and mountains to a remote outdoor "middle of nowhere" location, where they will play and film a live set. More details to come but in the meantime, check out a teaser: http://vids.myspace.com/namesofstars.
The band is also set to headline the first-ever outdoor summer music & food truck festival at the historic Palladium (reopened in 2008 with a Jay-Z concert following a multi-million dollar renovation by Live Nation). Details to come.
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