TRACY STARR is a “Hard Rock” band, from Moncton , N-B. Canada, and is the brain child of Steve LeBlanc and Daniel Dupuis. Tracy Starr is best described as a revival of gutsy, hard hitting, tongue-in-cheek rock and roll
Steve LeBlanc and Daniel Dupuis are former members of East Coast Music Awards winners “An Acoustic Sin”. In the days with An Acoustic Sin, Steve and Dan saw tours across Canada, top 10 charting singles and numerous t.v. appearances. Soon after parting way’s with “An Acoustic Sin” in late 2002, Steve and Dan started work on a brand new project…one that would not only creatively satisfy them but also one that would let them write and perform music on there own terms. Their aim became to write songs that were solid, as Leblanc puts it, the kind that make you want to crank the car stereo. The pair took some time to write and demo some songs, before searching for two more brothers to complete the Tracy Starr family. The search was over when auditioning Stephen Deyoung and Jason Arsenault, formerly of The Amazing Catfish.
Whether on stage or in the studio, the quartet exhibits a wealth of creative energy, as exhibited in their first single Ride, which wowed listeners of online radio station Radio xXx so much that the band destroyed their opposition in voting for the weekly Unearthed award in January 2006. Summer 2006 has seen the band’s number one single release; “RIDE” climb up the charts in private radios station in Atlantic Canada. Appropriately, their live shows leave nothing to be desired either; they are the release of pent-up artistic intensity... as well as the realization of a dream, five years in the making.
In mid 2006 the band inked a deal with U.S. label “Perris Records” that saw TRACY STARR’s debut album released in the U.S and in Europe last may. Since then the band, has focused it’s energy on the band’s coming out in their hometown “MONCTON”, a major event was organized at the O2 night club in Moncton, on November 10th 2006. Over 1100 people rushed to get tickets in advance, so the event was sold out weeks before the bands performance. Due to the overwhelming response the band received at their firs show, a second show was schedulled two weeks later, they played at the Igloo night club in Moncton , it’s a smaller venue , only 600 tickets were put on sale and again the concert sold out, . So it’fair to say that Tracy Starr’s debut on stage was a huge success.
In the next few months, the band will work on getting the cd released in Canada, and will spend time fine tuning their show. Tracy Starr will be making some surprise appearances around the Maritimes. In February, they will be showcasing at the ECMA’S conference, and most likely at the South by Southwest conference in the U.S. Also, tracking for their first single "RIDE" is schedule to start in early December. With plans to tour across Canada and eastern US in the spring and summer 2007.
Steve LeBlanc - Guitar and Lead Vocals
Dan Dupuis - Drums
Steve Deyoung - Guitar and Vocals
Jason Arsenault - Bass and Vocals
TRACY STARR -self titled 2006
TRACY STARR -album review-
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Are you looking for some fun music to get your head nodding while you’re doing 80 in a 55 zone? Then...Are you looking for some fun music to get your head nodding while you’re doing 80 in a 55 zone? Then stick the self-titled album from Tracy Starr in your car stereo and catch a large dose of grinding, drop D rock and roll that would make a stripper excited to be at work! The Steves (LeBlanc and Deyoung) have excellent guitar tone and work well together to create very tasty guitar riffs and hot solos. The production is clean and warm with a few effects mixed in for a nice texture. The album also features a tight, tight bottom. What this means to you is that it will kick your stereo’s ass if you let it!
Tracy Starr writes one hook after another. In fact, individually all the tracks are extremely infectious.
Just when you think that the songs might blend together and all start to sound the same, the band switches gears with “401” and showcases some solid bluesy acoustic playing. “Make Believe” is another pleasant departure, both musically and lyrically, from the ‘bump and grind’ style that Tracy Starr does so well.
If you’re looking for deeply meaningful thoughts or vague lyrics in need of your interpretation, Tracy Starr won’t be your cup of tea. Though, there’s a good chance they won’t miss you either. Aside from “Make Believe,” -- a heart-felt love song with a unique perspective -- with Tracy Starr, what you see is what you get. And what you get with Tracy Starr’s debut album is a solid collection of good hooks and sweet solos.
TRACY STARR -album review #2-
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I really think that Tracy Starr is a cool band name for a Rock N' roll outfit like that and that cat...I really think that Tracy Starr is a cool band name for a Rock N' roll outfit like that and that catched my attention instantly! Also the fact that with names like Daniel Dupuis, Jason Arsenault,etc..I'm pretty sure these guys come from the Qc province in Canada, my province! Anyways, having said that, the huge groove of 'Yellow Rose' definitly hooked me up after the first note! THe high speed energy hard drivin' song 'Step it up' is very good! Strong groove and the vocals are another good thing in this band. Without being to most original band, I think that Tracy Starr definitly knows how to rock and every rockers should take a listen. 'Sticks and Stones' is another very good track that contain a very heavy groove that will stick to your head instantly. You can't listen to this song without headbanging a bit! The beautiful ballad 'Make Believe' got a very cool melodies and the leads make me thing about Guns N' Roses of even Seaze the Day from Avenged Sevenfold. Definitly for fans of Velvet Revolver, Guns N' Roses, Beautiful Creatures and the likes. Since they're from Canada , I really hope I'll be able to catch a show in Montreal cause those energic track are made for live concert!!A+
TRACY STARR -Times and Transcript Review-
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For a long time, you heard the name in Moncton music circles, but the big question was, where were t...For a long time, you heard the name in Moncton music circles, but the big question was, where were the goods? No shows, no CD? Would all the hype be warranted?
Well, the CD is finally here, available in stores now, and the good news is, this is a fun, rockin’ disc. Tracy Starr — former Amazing Catfish members Steve DeYoung and Jason Arsenault and former An Acoustic Sin members Steve LeBlanc and Dan Dupuis — play hard rock in the vein of Beautiful Creatures, which is similar to Velvet Revolver, but with a bit more of an ‘80s metal feel. It’s something that fits alongside Nickelback on the radio, but rocks harder. And while the Creatures are decent but get old really quickly (by this reviewer’s ears, anyway), Tracy Starr mix styles up enough and add some blues influence, keeping things interesting.
It’s got a snotty attitude, it’s fun, it’s very modern and there are enough pinch harmonics you’d swear Black Label Society frontman/Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde showed up.
First single “Ride” is a blistering rocker, “Backwoods Shuffle” is a southern rocker, “Long Haul Mission” is a funky little number and “401” is a cool guitar bit with nods to Zeppelin’s “Black Mountain Side.”
Not the most original sound in the world, but the members of Tracy Starr sound like they’re having a blast and I suspect that would translate well live. The album is in stores now, and you can expect a CD release show sometime in the near future.
Step Right Up
Long Haul Mission
Sticks And Stones
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