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"Nordic 4-piece Costar are heating up the radar of tastemakers across the globe with it's radiant guitar-pop anthem "Falling at my Feet". The single sucks you in with it's infectious guitar melodies and sing-along lyrics; this has the makings of a global hit." - A&R Worldwide


London based ourveyours of dreamy pop - halfway between mournful melancholy and uplifting pop -Mansun meets Depeche Mode with hidden optimism'. - Rock Sounds (UK)


"Costar have mastered the art of catchy pop with breathtaking ease. Take "Falling at my Feet" for example - a masterstroke of a tune replete with gorgeous dreamy melodies and irresistable hooks that manages to weave its magic in under three minutes". - Radio One, London


Originally from Bergen, Norway, home of Royksopp, Kings of Convenience and Magnet, Costar are based in london these days but their roots informed a set filled with intelligent, emotion-laden pop. Things opened up with"A Little Help", followed by the cascading and stylish "Lee" filled with jagged guitar edges, keyboards and reams of electronica". - XFM London


"For those of you who miss the heady days of jangly indie pop crafted by such heroes as David Gedge, new single "This Awakening" by Costar could be the very fix you need. The production lends the song a sound that could so easily be from 1994, even more so when the guitar solo kicks in, and yet that is in no way a bad thing. In fact the song doesn't sound particularly dated, it's just that there aren't many people putting out such compelling tunes as this right now, which makes this one all the more welcome to my ears". - Kidvinyl, UK


Discography

"Brothers in Crime" (2003) EP
"Keep it Light" (2004) LP

New album "Exit" -UK release January 2007.

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Costar Biography August 2006

Costar emerged as a side project in the summer of 2002 while lead singer/guitarist Brighton was still in Norwegian rock act Libido. The band consisted of musicians from both the Bergen and London music scenes, and some exciting jam sessions resulted in the EP “Brothers in Crime” released in Norway and UK in 2003 (Only Ever/Rec 90/Shellshock). The song “Lee” was immediately playlisted on London’s XFM Radio and earned Virgin Radio’s “Record of the Week”, and quickly sold out. Steve Lamacq of Radio One added Costar to his list of “Favorite New Bands”. Costar began it’s evolvement from studio project to full fledged band when Brighton moved from Bergen to London in 2003, and met drummer Reno (ex Rialto). The two forged a strong friendship and shared a common musical vision, and began working on what was to become Costar’s debut album “Keep it Light”.
The album was released in the summer of 2004 in Norway (Kong Tiki/Playground) and England (Popfiction/Shellshock), during which the band played Canada’s North by NorthEast Festival, and played gigs in New York, followed by a full tour of Norway. The first single, “Yeah, Right” was playlisted again in both countries, but the second single from the album “Falling at my Feet” received an International response. Both XFM London and 103.1 Indie FM in Los Angeles playlisted the song, it got plays on BBC 6 and Sydney’s Triple M. It’s innovative semi-animated digi-trance video was hailed as one of the years best. BBC One had the following to say:” Costar have mastered the art of catchy pop with breathtaking ease – a masterstroke of a tune replete with gorgeous dreamy melodies and irresistible hooks that manages to weave it’s magic in under three minutes”. The song also received “International Single of the Week” from A&R Worldwide.

During the band’s 2004 Norwegian tour, Brighton was interviewed by a local journalist – bassist AC. When she learned that the band was seeking a permanent bass player, she dropped her pen and flew to London to try out.
AC joined Costar in the summer of 2005. At this stage the band was performing around London as a trio and beginning the pre-production on the band’s second album, tentatively titled “Exit”.

In the spring of 2006 the band befriended solo guitarist O’Brien, whom they had seen performing in their local pub. O’Brien was a fan and had been to several Costar gigs, and joined the band at a lock-in rehearsal one evening. The jam became a drunken party extravaganza, and the mutual appreciation for the music resulted in O’Brien becoming the band’s lead guitarist. And the final piece in the puzzle.

“Exit” was recorded in both Norway (produced by Skorpen and Brighton at Subsunflow Studios) and London (produced by Nick Terry, whose past credits include Libertines and The Tears). The new album’s first single “This Awakening” was released in UK as a four-track on August 14, 2006 (Only Ever/Popfiction/Shellshock) and is accompanied by a video that has already received attention in the press, earning “Editor’s Choice” at Video-C.co.uk.
“Exit” will be released in the UK in the winter of 2007, and in Norway later in the new year, check the bands website for updates, VIDEOS, free downloads and info for ordering !

Info:
www.costarmusic.com
www.myspace/costarmusic
www.popfiction.biz
www.kongtiki.com

Press: Covert PR, London tel: (44) 207-439-1947, covertpr@seriouslygroovy.com

Booking: Anna Webster : annawebster2000@hotmail.com