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ESTRELLA

Thurso, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | INDIE

Thurso, United Kingdom | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2006
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Mar
11
ESTRELLA @ Hard Rock Hell AOR

Pwllheli, Wales, GBR

Pwllheli, Wales, GBR

Aug
29
ESTRELLA @ Degeneration Festival

England, GBR

England, GBR

Aug
28
ESTRELLA @ Nambucca

England, GBR

England, GBR

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Download Festival Review - Anthony Woods


Download Festival - TBFM


Download Festival - Moshville Times


Press Clipping - Press and Journal


Press Clipping - Press and Journal


Press Clipping - Caithness Courier


Wildfire Festival - Planet Mosh


Wildfire Festival - MetalTalk


Live in Madrid - Red, Hard and Heavy


Live in Barcelona - Metal Symphony


After appearing at the inaugural Les-Fest last year, this Scottish quartet have been busy making quite a name for themselves all over the UK and Europe, so it was no surprise that a warm welcome was in store for them at this year's Les-Fest.

There was standing room only in the arena as the band burst on with 'Shout', and the party down the front was already in full swing before the band got half way through the song. Somehow the les-Fest stage seemed too small for a band that is so full of energy.

'She's Got' has lead guitarist Luke Gunn showing his skills whilst vocalist brother Paul Gunn doesn't need to work up the crowd as the lap up the attention from him, as they reached across the barrier in an abortive attempt to press the flesh with their idols.

Bass player Nathan Gunn (the third brother) gave a solid performance during 'One Love' whilst Luke pulls another astounding solo out of the bag before Paul gets the audience bouncing once again before he leading the audience into a community sing along - fantastic stuff!

With their set coming up to half way, it's party central right from here on, right through to the end of the last note of their set. Drummer Leo McPherson is a mass of hair at the back as he earnestly bashes out a solid drum track on 'Do It 'Till We Drop' - a song that the fans know only too well and are more than happy to sing and shout along with Paul.

Paul is the consummate professional front man as he shouts "Scream for me Les-Fest" (probably for the first time ever!) and the packed crowd replied with a collective scream of joy - this band could do no wrong during their performance and surely must go down as one of the highlights of this year's festival, as the squeezed out every inch of energy from band and audience during their set.

All too soon, they reach the end of their time slot, and 'Party' which has the crowd partying one last time. Estrella came to Les-Fest where they played, they rocked and they enlarged their fan base further. This was a job well done and these boys deserve everything they are undoubtedly going to achieve in the future.

I caught up with Luke Gunn and Leo McPherson after their triumphant Les-Fest set, to ask what they have planned for the rest of 2013:

"We plan going to England for a support tour", explains Luke, "before coming back to Scotland for a wee headline tour in August, but the main focus in planning another trip to Europe (they supported Robin Beck for seven dates in Germany and Switzerland in October 2012) in November/December hopefully", adds Luke, "but with the tour, what we're trying to do is to get support slots with bigger bands. We have a few lined up already with SkyFest in Mansfield and Attica Rage in Glasgow, both in September", he adds.

Bringing the conversation to Les-Fest itself, I'm interested to find out how the band was asked to play the inaugural one in 2012: "It was actually Ted Rock, a well know Rock DJ", confirms Luke, "who told us that this guy Dave (Ritchie - Les-Fest organiser) was putting this festival together, so a couple of days later I gave Dave a phone call and he explained what he was putting together. He checked us out online and then got back in touch and said he would like to add us onto the bill. From there, the rest is history", he adds with a smile before adding "y'know, he liked what he saw, and so he asked us back again this year, which was nice for us".

I was lucky enough to be at the inaugural Les-Fest where I saw the band live for the first time, and I mention to Luke what an incredible reception they got last year, but how did it compare to the reaction from this years audience? "When we played last year", Luke explains, "our album had only just been released and our tour set was still kind of fresh, we were still trying out ideas. Our tour show now", adds Leo "is stuff that we've worked up over time, so we're more polished. We're getting more audience interaction now", continues Luke, "so that's good!"

Moving onto other future plans, Luke confirms that the band have already laid down some plans to return to the recording studio to record the follow up to 'Come Out To Play'. "We're hoping to try some new material out", says Leo with a smile before adding "maybe a couple of tracks or a single" before Luke says they hope to "get some tracks put together in the last quarter of the year (for a projected EP to be released early in 2014) and we're in the planning stages of getting to the United States in the springtime next year, so that should be a good one".

"With America, y'see" explains Luke, "it's all about finding the right agent to get some good support slots or tours by knocking on a few doors and making a - Johnny Main, Metal Talk


Every now and again at a festival you come across a band who give you tingles from that first chord and make you wonder how you have managed to get through life without their music. This was most definitely the case for me while watching Estrella play at Les-Fest on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, after a quick look at the crowd, it soon became apparent I have been slow on the uptake as they already seem to have a dedicated following… my favourite being a six year old minirocker who was up on his dad’s shoulders singing along like there was no tomorrow. Amazing!

These Aberdonian boys brought an energy to the main stage that even some of the bigger headline acts over the weekend failed to create. They rocked a set filled with tracks from their debut album, Come Out to Play, which is available now to buy on iTunes. Their 80s rock sound gives them an AC/DC vibe and their confidence onstage sparks an excitement in the crowd which leaves them wanting more. From opening track, Shout (I Wanna Hear You) through to their final number, Party, there is such a sense of passion and fun from these guys that make them more addictive than the beer they are named after. Lead singer Paul Gunn has the voice and smile that could charm the pants off even the sourest faced rocker and get them fist pumping along with the best of them. It certainly appears talent runs in his family as his two brothers, Nathan on bass and Luke on lead guitar held their own, each showcasing their individual abilities. Luke in particular left me open mouthed during his impressive solo on Do It ‘Till We Drop all whilst being stood in one of the most rock star poses of the weekend. A mention has to be also given for the one non family member of the band, Leo on drums who kept the noise levels high and the band tight.

Estrella were voted Scottish New Music Award winners last year and after the thunderous set they treated us to at Les-Fest I strongly believe this is only the start for these guys. My advice would be to catch them live and see how infectious these Scots can be. They have announced a handful of gigs across the UK over the next few months which can been seen on their website http://estrellarocks.com/.
- Chantelle Marie, Cackblabbath


But enough of the press room and back to the main stage for Estrella. I saw them for the first time in Ibiza in May and enjoyed the set then, but this time I thought they were much better. Perhaps because the room at Les Fest allowed a better atmosphere which helped you to be surrounded by the music. Either way I thought they really pulled it out of the bag with this set…in fact it was bloody blinding. It’s also always fun to see bands leave the stage and move into the audience. This time it was the turn of Luke Gunn; bringing his guitar skills into the crowd to be surrounded immediately. Top work. - Rowena, Planetmosh


The second act of the night, are no strangers to my gigging habits. As always, Estrella’s high octane songs and stellar delivery packed a mighty big punch. The crowd were on song throughout their set, with songs such as Party, Do It ‘til We Drop and One Love particularly sounding on form. As always lead singer, Paul Gunn was on hand to rally the ‘Warriors’ whilst Nathan, Leo and Luke kept the music coming. How many other ways can I say that these guys kick arse? - Kirsty Fraser, New Hellfire Club Glasgow


The set of the weekend though absolutely went to the next band I watched. I've seen these Aberdonians a fair few times now and they've always played like there’s no tomorrow but their Les-Fest set was something else. Playing to one of the biggest crowds of the weekend, Estrella created a real energy in the room that had old and new fans alike raising their hands to the roof. Playing songs from their debut album, Come Out to Play, Paul Gunn on lead vocals knows how to filter the energy from the room into his vocal performance whilst Leo, on drums, and Nathan, on bass, keep the rhythm section tight. The real star of the performance however, is brother to Paul and Nathan and lead guitarist Luke Gunn who took centre stage for guitar solos aplenty and played with both fervour and skill. The extended guitar solo on Do It ‘Til We Drop was enough to earn the set five gold stars but that shouldn't take anything away from Paul, Nathan and Leo. These guys have real personality on stage and the goods to back it up. With something for everyone here - young, old, male and female - Estrella ratcheted up the energy levels right through to final song Party. It really was a set to behold. They have more gigs announced, including a support slot for Attica Rage in Glasgow’s Classic Grand in September. I suggest you get yourself down there. - Kirsty Fraser, New Hellfire Club Glasgow


United Kingdom - Daily Record


United Kingdom - Daily Record


United Kingdom - Classic Rock


United Kingdom - Classic Rock


United Kingdom - Caithness Courier


United Kingdom - Caithness Courier


United Kingdom - Caithness Courier


United Kingdom - Caithness Courier


United Kingdom - John o Groat Journal Website


United Kingdom - John o Groat Journal Website


United Kingdom - Evening Express


United Kingdom - Evening Express


United Kingdom - Donside Piper


United Kingdom - Donside Piper


Brazil - Stock Rock Radio


United Kingdom - John O Groat Journal - Margaret Chrystall


United Kingdom - Rocktopia


United Kingdom - Rocktopia


Portugal - Carlos Santos


United Kingdom - Press and Journal


United Kingdom - Highland News - Margaret Chrystall


United Kingdom - Evening Express


United Kingdom - John O Groat Journal - Will Clark


United Kingdom - Scottish Sun - Jim Gellatly


United Kingdom - Dumfries


United Kingdom - Dumfries


United Kingdom - Evening Express


United Kingdom - Evening Express


United Kingdom - Press and Journal


United Kingdom - Press and Journal


United Kingdom - Orcadian


United Kingdom - Orcadian


United Kingdom - Caithness Courier


United Kingdom - Caithness Courier


United Kingdom - The Bolton News


United Kingdom - The Bolton News


United Kingdom - Dumfries


United Kingdom - Dumfries


United Kingdom - Powerplay - Rob Evans


United Kingdom - Powerplay - Rob Evans


United Kingdom - Press and Journal - Aberdeen


United Kingdom - Press and Journal - Aberdeen


United Kingdom - Highland News - Margaret Chrystall


United Kingdom - Highland News - Margaret Chrystall


United Kingdom - Powerplay - AOR Underground - Rob Evans


USA - Screamer Magazine


USA - Screamer Magazine


USA - Woody's Rock Review


Denmark - Calles Rock Corner


Denmark - Calles Rock Corner


United Kingdom - Black Velvet Magazine - Shari Black


United Kingdom - Black Velvet Magazine - Shari Black


United Kingdom - Fireworks Magazine


United Kingdom - Fireworks Magazine


United Kingdom - Fireworks Magazine


United Kingdom - Hard Rock Nights


United Kingdom - Hard Rock Nights


United Kingdom - Inverness Gigs Website


United Kingdom - Chris Lemon - Inverness Gigs


United Kingdom - Interview - Caithness Life Magazine - Alan Hendry


United Kingdom - Trend - David Nicholson


United Kingdom - Powerplay Magazine - Rob Evans


United Kingdom - Powerplay Magazine - Rob Evans


United Kingdom - Fireworks - Nicky Baldrian


United Kingdom - Fireworks - Nicky Baldrian


United Kingdom - Dave Ling Diary


United Kingdom - Dave Ling Diary


United Kingdom - Planet Mosh - Sheila Hamilton


United Kingdom - Planet Mosh - Sheila Hamilton


United Kingdom - Metal Talk - Johnny Main, Les-Fest


United Kingdom - Glasgow Stairway - Johnny Main


United Kingdom - Glasgow Stairway - Johnny Main


United Kingdom - Rock Fusion - Edward Laing


United Kingdom - Rock Fusion - Edward Laing


United Kingdom - The Mayfair Mall Zine - Seb Di Gatto


United Kingdom - Dundee - Dead Ernest Website


United Kingdom - Dead Ernest Website - Dundee


United Kingdom - Evening Express - Eoin Smith


United Kingdom - Classic Rock Website - Jason Ritchie


United Kingdom - Aberdeen Student Radio - Faith Thomson


United Kingdom - Black Velvet Magazine - Shari Black


Russia - Melodic Rock AOR


Russia - Melodic Rock AOR


Canada - 101.1Fm Rossland Radio - John Kerief


Canada - Gonzo Online - Premier Online News and Video Source


United Kingdom - Rockulus Maximus - Gary Clarke


United Kingdom - Rockulus Maximus - Gary Clarke


United Kingdom - Classic Rock - Dave Ling - Jukebox


United Kingdom - Classic Rock - Dave Ling - Jukebox


United Kingdom - Classic Rock Website


Netherlands - Lazy Rocker - Marc Schneider


Netherlands - Lazy Rocker - Marc Schneider


Denmark - Calles Rock Corner Website


Denmark - Calles Rock Corner Website


Germany - AOR Heaven Website Newsletter


Germany - AOR Heaven Website Newsletter


United Kingdom - Future Publishing - Classic Rock Magazine


USA - NEH Records


United Kingdom - The Gazette


United Kingdom - The Gazette


Indonesia - Metal Music Archives


Indonesia - Metal Music Archives - Stephen Kasenda


Indonesia - Metal Music Archives - Stephen Kasenda


Germany - Music By Mail


Brazil - On The Road - Anderson Pulegio


Brazil - On The Road - Anderson Pulegio


Germany - Rock Garage


United Kingdom - Get Ready To Rock - Jason Ritchie


United Kingdom - Get Ready To Rock - Jason Ritchie


Cuba - Senda Productions - Holywood California


Scotland - Scottish New Music Awards


Scotland - Scottish New Music Awards


Scotland - Scottish New Music Awards


Scotland - Scottish New Music Awards


World's Shortest Street - Press and Journal - Morgan Lindsay


Chart Position - Debut Album - AOR Top 10 - AOR Top 10


Chart Position - Debut Album - AOR Top 10 - AOR Top 10


Chart Position - Debut Album - North America Top Online Seller - North America Top Online Seller


Chart Position - Debut Album - iTunes Top 200 Rock Albums - iTunes


Chart Position - Debut Album - iTunes Top 200 Rock Albums - iTunes


Estrella - Feb 12th, 2012 - Faith Tompson - Aberdeen Student Radio


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http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j298/Dr-Tom-/Press%20Release/201111-EveningExpress.jpg - Evening Express


Estrella in Aberdeen's Trend Magazine - Dec 2011 / Jan 2012 - Trend Magazine


Estrella - Trend Magazine


EP Review by Dundee’s Leading Promoter, Dead Earnest. 11/11/2006


“Debut 5-tracker from Aberdeen band with a flair for eighties influenced rock and metal, and if you think that's a musical scene that should not be resurrected, then you've clearly not heard this band, for this takes that whole style and makes it into something exactly the same but so fresh sounding.

Every one of the 5 tracks on here is the sound of commercial metal at the peak it was back in the late seventies and early eighties, a mix of both British and American styles so that a track like the opener and title track, “She’s Got It”, bears a passing resemblance to something that a mix of Autograph and Saxon might have put out, with its insistent verse and chorus superbly sung by a vocalist with a really strong voice as he delivers the song to perfection. Meanwhile the twin guitar attack really sparks and, combined with strong, well produced and sonically evident rhythm section, just takes off on an AOR-laced anthem that really rocks.

"Woman's Touch" veers more towards the UK< specifically on-fire vintage UFO, and you could just imagine this song having been one of that band's treasures, a song they'd have probably killed for, as the vocals soar out, the guitar riffs burn and red hot lead guitar solos and duels are heard above the driving rhythm section and high-flying harmonies, on a song that makes seventies/eighties metal sound alive, vibrant and every bit as good as the best of its day.

"Going For Glory" continues the UFO feel but this time with a healthy dose of Thin Lizzy and hints of Saxon, as a stunning anthem just bursts into life amid a hail of guitar riffs and steaming leads, the vocals every bit as strong as before, only this time with a chorus that is pure metal bliss, one that you'd have been unable to get out of your head back in the old days, had it existed, and, as it happens, having exactly the same effect now. If any song around right now could be called "Classic Rock", this is it - and it is simply sensational.

"Wet 'N' Wild" ups the pace with a mix of AC/DC and UFO as this awesome stunner of a red hot rock song blasts out of the speakers, enough to have any AC/DC fan going crazy on the dancefloors and so addictive, you won't be able to give it up without medical assistance. The vocals, guitar work and rhythm section in perfect harmony, this one ROCKS!!! - and that guitar solo - ohhhhh......to die for.

Finally, you get "Ride Away" completes the picture with a churning sea of guitars introducing a red hot stunner of a song with rock solid drums providing the meatiest of beats as this hail of guitars rains down on a strident rocker that takes no prisoners and just rocks its ass off with stunning dual guitar leads and riffs, as the vocal delivers the song in immaculate, impassioned and impossibly brilliant fashion, the final anthem on an EP that's choc full of the things.

If you want late seventies/eighties influenced UK metal at its finest, then forget the past and concentrate on this - it won't let you down, it's a blast of genius from start to finish and it rocks like a demon. You HAVE to buy one or your life is simply incomplete”.



For more info check out the Dead Earnest Website
- Dead Earnest


“PARTY was one of the freshest tracks I played that week”, “Estrella have the seeds in place for worldwide success!" - Jim Gellatly


After appearing at the inaugural Les-Fest last year, this Scottish quartet have been busy making quite a name for themselves all over the UK and Europe, so it was no surprise that a warm welcome was in store for them at this year's Les-Fest.

There was standing room only in the arena as the band burst on with 'Shout', and the party down the front was already in full swing before the band got half way through the song. Somehow the les-Fest stage seemed too small for a band that is so full of energy.

'She's Got' has lead guitarist Luke Gunn showing his skills whilst vocalist brother Paul Gunn doesn't need to work up the crowd as the lap up the attention from him, as they reached across the barrier in an abortive attempt to press the flesh with their idols.

Bass player Nathan Gunn (the third brother) gave a solid performance during 'One Love' whilst Luke pulls another astounding solo out of the bag before Paul gets the audience bouncing once again before he leading the audience into a community sing along - fantastic stuff!

With their set coming up to half way, it's party central right from here on, right through to the end of the last note of their set. Drummer Leo McPherson is a mass of hair at the back as he earnestly bashes out a solid drum track on 'Do It 'Till We Drop' - a song that the fans know only too well and are more than happy to sing and shout along with Paul.

Paul is the consummate professional front man as he shouts "Scream for me Les-Fest" (probably for the first time ever!) and the packed crowd replied with a collective scream of joy - this band could do no wrong during their performance and surely must go down as one of the highlights of this year's festival, as the squeezed out every inch of energy from band and audience during their set.

All too soon, they reach the end of their time slot, and 'Party' which has the crowd partying one last time. Estrella came to Les-Fest where they played, they rocked and they enlarged their fan base further. This was a job well done and these boys deserve everything they are undoubtedly going to achieve in the future. - Metaltalk, Johnny Main


Discography

STREAMING:
Debut Album Tracks streamed on all leading digital sites including Spotify, Deezer and Napster.

RADIO AIRPLAY - USA
- Hard Rock Nights
- Basement Tapes
- The Outlaw 93.5
- K-Rock 95.3
- Arrow 95.9
- X Chamber
- Shaka 103

RADIO AIRPLAY - EUROPE
- Templo Do Rock
- Calles Rock Corner
- Britrock
- Anwarock

RADIO AIRPLAY - UK:
- Amazing Radio - Jim Gellatly
- Amazing Radio - Aaron Philips Rock Show
- In:Demand Uncut - Across Scotland - Jim Gellatly
- BBC Scotland
- Northsound 1
- Northsound 2
- Original FM
- Team Rock
- Real Radio XS
- Ted Rock
- Edinburgh's Radio WOW
- Shmu FM - Band of the Week Project
- Moray Firth Radio - Marion Scott
- Caithness FM - Gary Clarke
- WFM Radio Manchester
- West Midlands Radio - Chas Byrne
- Sunshine Radio - Jeff Cliffs
- Firebrand Rock
- BBC WM - Bev Bevan
- Affinity Radio
- TBFM
- Tameside Radio
- Hard Rock Radio Live

TRACKS - WEBSITES
www.facebook.com/estrellarocks
www.sonicbids.com/estrellarocks
www.soundcloud.com/estrellarocks
www.reverbnation.com/estrellarocks
www.amazingtunes.com/users/estrella
www.last.fm/music/estrella/come+out+to+play
www.myspace.com/estrellarock
www.estrellarocks.bandcamp.com

08.06.15 - SECOND ALBUM - RELEASED
Second Album - We Will Go On

24.11.14 - SINGLE - RELEASED
"Here I Am"

13.10.14 - SINGLE - RELEASED
"Whatever It Is"

08.10.12 - COMPILATION CD - BREAST CANCER CARE 
Featuring the track - One Love

10.08.12 - COMPILATION CD - ABERDEEN STUDENTS
Featuring the track - One Love

21.05.12 - DEBUT ALBUM - RELEASED
Debut Album - Come Out To Play

16.04.12 - DOUBLE A SIDE SINGLE - RELEASED
Featuring the tracks - "Shout" & "Mona Lisa Smile"

31.10.11 - DOUBLE A SIDE SINGLE - RELEASED
Featuring the tracks - "Party" & "One Love"
Available to buy on - iTunes / Amazon
Streamed on - Napster / Spotify

2010 - COMPILATION CD - HERCULES MOMENTS VOL 1 - www.herculesmoments.co.uk
Featured track - Whatever It is

2009 - COMPILATION DVD - DUNNET HEAD EDUCATION TRUST - www.dunnethead.co.uk
Featured track - Ride Away

2007 - COMPILATION CD - WHITE - www.thewhite.co.uk
Featured track - Ride Away

2006 - EP - SELF TITLED - ESTRELLA

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Bio

Championed by Team Rock with both Estrella’s latest singles - “We Will Go On” and “Here I Am” - featured in Classic Rock MagazinesTop Tracks of the Week’! Quite a highlight for this Scottish rock four-piece who have gone from strength to strength in 2015, most notably securing a slot at one of the UK’s largest summer festivals, DOWNLOAD! Touring relentlessly over the past three years, they've just completed another European Tour (11 nights, across 5 different countries) this time providing main support for cult USA Band Enuff Z'Nuff.

Estrella add an energetic, refreshing new feel to the rock genre yet they still remind us of the acts we all love, such as Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Van Halen, AC/DC and Bon Jovi, their much awaited second album We Will Go On was  released on 22 June and is a searing, unapologetic slice of top quality rock.  

Some very talented veterans of the rock world have lent their hands to the making of this latest album.  Produced by Nick Brine (The Darkness, Bruce Springsteen, Oasis) and recorded at the infamous Rockfield Studios in Wales, the very studios in which Queen recorded ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, John T Sinclair (Uriah Heep, The Cult, Ozzy Osbourne) co-wrote “Here I Am” the album’s first single release.  Pre-production and mastering duties were taken up by Pete Shoulder (The Union), Luke Morley (Thunder, The Union) and Pete Maher (Rolling Stones, U2, Killers, Jack White, Katy Perry, The Killers).

Professionals like these are highly sought after for their time, and very picky about who they work with, which speaks volumes about the talent on show in these four rockers -  brothers Paul (Frontman) Luke (Lead Guitarist) and Nathan Gunn (Bass) along with Leo McPherson (Drums) - from the far North of Scotland.

The recordings are carefully calibrated to capture the energy of their bristling live show, one which has seen them become darlings of the festival circuit.  It also secured an impressive end to an incredible 2014 when they were asked to tour with ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke in November, which followed on from a previous run supporting American rocker and UK chart topper Robin Beck, the House of Lords, The Answer, H.E.A.T, to name but a few.

Now there’s really no telling how far Estrella’s gritty, bombastic take on classic rock can take them . . . 

FANS OF THE BAND INCLUDE

Team Rock / Classic Rock Magazine
XFM presenter and noted music tastemaker Jim Gellatly
Veteran rock DJ Tom Russell

LINKS:

Official Website - www.estrellarocks.com
Facebook - www.facebook.com/estrellarocks
Twitter - www.twitter.com/estrella_rocks
YouTube - www.youtube.com/officialestrella
Soundcloud - www.soundcloud.com/estrellarocks

CONTACTS:

Management: 
ssinclair@estrellarocks.com 

Band Members