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London, England, United Kingdom

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Wake Up call
Daniel Nelson
19 March 2008
Up and coming new indie band Lo-Star have just released their debut single in support of the Burma Campaign UK. Their new song 'Wake Up' was written by the band to tell the world that it's time to take action on Burma. The profits from the single will be donated to the Burma Campaign UK to help us in our work for human rights and democracy in Burma.

The Daily Star has named it their single of the week, saying, "We should all still go out and buy it. Why? Because all the proceeds go to the Burma Campaign. Fortunately, it sounds quite lovely too. The lyrics "We gotta wake up, we've got to realise that something needs to be done" sound all the more poignant alongside the affecting video of the protesting Burmese people."

Simply to sing a song about freedom and democracy in Burma is an arrestable offence, with a penalty of up to 20 years in jail. While the Burmese people are silenced, the rest of the world can speak out.


'Wake Up' by Lo-Star - Benefit single for Burma Campaign released

www.burmacampaign.org.uk ― Release Date- March 24th 2008
Launch Night: March 19th @ The Cobden Club – London.

The regime ruling Burma doesn’t want you to know what it’s doing to its people. Wake Up is a song penned by UK band Lo-Star to tell the world that it’s time to take action. Wake Up is available to download from March 17th and is available in the shops from March 24th, the profits of which will be donated to the Burma Campaign UK.

Hot, new band Lo-Star emerge with a song they were compelled to write after watching the appalling images on TV of the brutality and horrors in today’s Burma. Reading about the people of Burma and watching this modern day crisis as they sat in their free Western World led the London based 5 piece to unite their beliefs and write a song to tell the world to stop and take action.

Lead singer Adam Harris decided to take their campaign to the next level and once the track was recorded contacted the Burma Campaign to offer to help in some way. Consequently the single is now being released and the video was created to accompany the track.
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Release Date: 18/03/2008

lo star have a stunning, emotive sound and intimate vocals which soar over scrambled guitars, elaborate keyboard melodies, and rock-solid bass and drums. lo-star's music is elegant, vicious, and downright hypnotic in equal parts, with a song to match every mood. they also do charity but this is no band aid...it rocks and it's proceeds go to the burma campaign. do not miss.,+wake+up&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=4&gl=uk

Lo-Star: Wake Up (Independiente)
By Matthew Hirtes
Monday, 25 February 2008

Lo-Star singer Adam Harris used to drum for Johnny Borrell. Thankfully, for the benefit of your eardrums and mine, his move from back to front of stage is more Dave Grohl than Phil Collins - on the evidence of this single at least. Which has led to some acclaim for the Hampstead-based polished indie-rockers ranging from the local press, the Ham and High, to the nationals, with a recent tip-for-the-top-style feature in The Sun.



'WAKE UP' is the debut single by London based band LO-STAR. Their main songwriter and singer is Adam Harris who at the age of 12 was drumming for Razorlight's Johnny Borell and Libertines bass player John Hassal. Later on Adam moved to guitar and vocals and Lo-Star gradually formed. Track 2 is a remix by BJORK’S producer Damian Taylor. digital release date 10th Match physical release date 17th March

Press release posted on 11/02/08


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London Calling's Lo-Star
The traffic-stopping five piece recently closed off Camden High Street for an impromptu rooftop gig and it's not surprising with 2,500 fans spilling into the road. But as we found out, there's a lot more to this band than pulling the crowds...
"We gotta wake up, we've got to realise that something needs to be done," sing north London-based five piece Lo-Star on debut single, Wake Up.
Such worthy sentiments could be applied to all manner of pressing global issues, but an accompanying video highlighting the peaceful protests of the Burmese monks against their country's oppressive military junta give the lyrics an added resonance. The band aren't afraid to put their money where their mouth is either: all the proceeds from the single go to the UK Burma campaign.
Formed three years ago, the band’s expansive rock histrionics follow in the best stadium-filling traditions of Radiohead and U2. And they have stratospheric ambitions to match their epic musical sound:
"We want to set ourselves that little bit apart from everyone else. I think we realised pretty early on what we might be able to achieve," admits lead singer Adam Harris. "We would finish rehearsals with these big grins on our faces."

Reaching for 'em: Lo-Star play Camden
And well they might do: Wake Up has already pricked the ears of critics and punters alike, and was named single of the week in the Daily Star.
Lo-Star are currently busying themselves working on their debut album, recording with such illustrious producers as Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Feeder, Doves), Damien Taylor (Björk, Kasabian, Prodigy) and Ian Dowling (Razorlight, Snow Patrol, Kooks).
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last updated: 21/03/2008 at 13:07
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lo-star Wake Up (7", £2.95)
“The band's music has been compared to that of global acts such as Coldplay and U2” - HAM & HIGH EXPRESS July 26th 2007.

Lead singer Adam Harris had an early start. At 11 years old, Adam was drumming in a band with Johnny Borrell and, later, John Hassell (The Libertines). A year later, they were gigging around London, playing mainly Hendrix and Zeppelin covers. Adam didn’t take his rightful place at the microphone until university, however, when he formed a new band with keyboard player Ric Albert. Together, they realised they had hit on something special when an early demo led to an offer of a gig at the legendary Kashmir Klub in London’s West End. Bassist Ben Van Rooyen and guitarist Brett Lemmon signed up soon after. Drummer Joel Clempson (son of legendary session drummer Clem Clempson) literally turned up out of nowhere and played all their tunes perfectly. And once Clempson was in place, Lo-Star was officially born.
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Wake Up - Burma charity single released UK March 24 2008 all profits going to Burma UK Campaign

Now gearing up for the definitive release namely 'Backward Motion'/'Mexico' will be on promo from July released Sept/Oct 2008



There comes a moment in the development of every great band when the songs, the musicianship, the confidence and the desire all fall in to place.
Lo-Star's moment is here and now and finds the London-based five piece poised to take their place in the ranks of great British rock bands. It's been a journey, says singer Adam Harris , who is also the band's songwriter. You work at a sound for years and then you hit that moment when you know you've found something special.
And there are so many things that make Lo-Star special. Eloquent, nuanced songs sung by a genuinely charismatic frontman. Thrillingly distorted guitars juxtaposed with aching melodies. Epic, full-on power balanced with subtlely textured atmospherics. Lo-Star have got it all. The key for us was we didn't want to be compared to anyone else, says keyboardist Ric Albert. It was about moving beyond our influences and learning not to be afraid to make our own sound.
Initially formed by Adam and Ric at college, the band's cosmopolitan line-up is completed by New Zealand-born guitarist Brett Lemmon, Ben Van Rooyen on bass and Drummer Joel Clempson(Son of Clem Clempson legendary guitarist with Humble Pie) the last to arrive in the Autumn of 2006. But Lo-Star's origins go way back beyond that.
I was drumming in a band playing Hendrix and Zeppelin covers when I was 11 or 12, Adam reveals. Fellow members included Johnny Borell (Razorlight) and John Hassal (the Libertines). Then about six years ago he met Ric, and with Adam moving from drums to guitar, they formed a band called Firefly.
They became regulars at London's fabled Kashmir Club, where they played alongside such other unknowns as Damien Rice and K.T.Tunstall. We were very young and the people who run the club took us under their wing and really encouraged us, says Ric.
Next on board was Brett. We used to drink a lot in a bar where he worked, reveals Adam. I used to serve them strong drinks on the cheap,
the guitarist admits. They'd sit there with a jug of margarita and I'd top them up when nobody was looking. I was in a band called Mylie but was getting itchy feet and so we got talking. Some months later, Brett got a call asking if he was interested in helping them record some demos. Before he knew it, he was a full-time member. Initially the band was quite acoustic but it's grown to something much bigger and rockier, he explains. The arrival of the rhythm section of Ben and Joel cranked up the sound further. They came in and changed things to a huge degree because they had the commitment to go the extra mile, Adam enthuses. They boosted it up to a level we always wanted but couldn't previously find.
With the completion of the line-up came a new name, and Firefly became Lo-Star. We felt we should let go of the old name because the band had entered a new phase, Adam explains. Ask them where the name came from, though, and nobody seems quite certain. According to different versions, it was shortened from a Mexican mariachi ensemble called Los Tarts or a Texan cowboy band called Lost Star, although the laughter that greets these claims suggest you would be advised not to place too much credence on either explanation!