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"Thirteen Stars: Q & A"

“When emotionally charged poppy indie rock hooks up with the dark side, you get a bipolar-tempered music machine that must be seen and heard.” – Daniel Lapham - The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, OK


"Monsters of Rock"

“A band caught between tossing out sheer and unmitigated energy and one intent on writing mature and deep reaching pop songs…the quartet does well enough that audiences from both camps can appreciate it.” – Jedd Beaudoin
- F5 Magazine, Wichita, KS


"Songs from the Musicbox Review"

"13 Stars takes me back to the days of Screaming Trees, producing guitar-driven pop, rock songs that will shake the insides of any college town bar." - Gregory Joseph - 2 Walls Webzine


"Counting Stars...13 of Them"

"The pop-punk edge of 13 Stars' past has been redefined into driving original rock with a nod to the glam days of T-Rex and the decadence of Led Zeppelin. With new songs like "Afterglow" and "Secrets We Keep" 13 Stars is ready for bigger adventures. The new material has a matured feel, but it's comfortable, accessible and may prove to be the definitive work for the band." - Sean Ridenour - Vox Magazine, Oklahoma City, OK


Discography

"The Nova Project" - 1999
"Songs from the Musicbox" - 2002
"These Places" - 2005

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Like any artist, the Oklahoma City based band Thirteen Stars has been through their share of styles, sounds and phases only to emerge more mature and tighter than before. This is none more evident than on their newest release, These Places which proves with Thirteen Stars, growing up is a very good thing.

Produced, in part, by Trent Bell (The Flaming Lips, Starlight Mints) and mastered by George Geurin (The Polyphonic Spree, Flickerstick) These Places continues on the path of evolution for the band. The record flirts with darker melodies and added instrumentation, but still shows the bands ability to produce well crafted pop songs. “This record has much more going on: keyboards, acoustic guitars, and more. We wanted to do things we weren’t able to do in the past,” says Scott.

The intense rocker “Failing Upwards” leads off the EP in a straight rock ‘n’ roll minimalist fashion. The catchy hooks in “Afterglow” and “The Story” follow as the band delves into a recurring theme found through out their albums; the tangles of love and relationships. The slow, dreamy “Secrets We Keep” finds a similar narrative (“Does tomorrow have to follow today / When we both know what it all holds now”) as the band experiments with new sounds on the track. The record ends with the dark and jangly “These Places,” an ode to small town beginnings.

When it came time to name the new EP, These Places proved to be an easy title for the new disc. After 350 plus shows in nine states the band has more than seen their share of interesting places, seedy hotels, shady people and everything in between. But this philosophy of regional touring has helped them gain many loyal fans in the southwest region and has allowed the band to play alongside many nationally known artists such as Maroon 5, Dishwalla, Fastball, The All-American Rejects and Blue October.

Of course the shows weren’t always of that caliber back in 1999 when the core of Thirteen Stars, singer Scott Starns and bassist Annatomik, met through an ad in a local newspaper. They quickly released their debut album “The Nova Project” in 2000. From there a few lineup changes ensued; guitarist Jason Deal was added in 2001, Drummer Mike Mosteller replaced the band’s previous drummer in 2003 bringing the band to its current state.

The months ahead look promising for Thirteen Stars, with more regional touring to support These Places and more songwriting to supplement the ever changing set list. “We are always writing new songs. It can only go further and it can only get better. I hope everyone’s ready because we are,” says Jason. It seems with a little help, Thirteen Stars may be getting out of “these places that we’ve known” sooner than they think.