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The best kept secret in music


"That's How I'll Know You - single review - The Brag"

"Guitar, drums and bass flayed at with unbounded enthusiasm by a bunch of moppets with a sixties fixation. Brightest new things perhaps?" - The Brag

"That's How I'll Know You - single review - Beat Magazine"

"Starky blast, ragged haircuts shielding their eyes, with all the fire, ragged edges and unhinged desire to fall madly, deeply in musical love." - Beat Magazine

"Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre - album review - I-94 Bar"

"24-carat smash hit material, infectious as all fuck and as sharp as a pin." - I-94 Bar

"Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre - album review - Time Off"

"A great debut album from these Sydney-siders. This is pure abrasive rock and Starky are not afraid to show their guitar pop credentials. 'Saturday Night, Sunday Morning' is the catchiest slice of new rock explosion since The Vines came out with 'Get Free' last year." - Time Off

"Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre - album review - Inpress"

"A demented half an hour of tight and melodic inspiration. I know it's half an hour long coz I've been playing it twice an hour since it fell into my hands." - Inpress

"Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre - album review - Tsunami"

"Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre will no doubt be another classic album that will be ignored by the wider public. It's a fantastic album and Starky are Australia's best pop/rock band going around." - Tsunami


Debut Album 'Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre' released in Australia October 2003 through Laughing Outlaw Records.

Produced by Rob Younger (ex Radio Birdman) and Wayne Connolly.

Track Listing:
1. Get Up
2. Saturday Night, Sunday Morning
3. Cool It
4. Girl Talk
5. That's How I'll Know You
6. Tabards
7. Breakdance Glove
8. Theme From High School
9. Complicator
10. City Prison Doors
11. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah


Feeling a bit camera shy


Drunken journalists, stuck in a rut day-jobbers, council estate big mouths and life-serving gaol birds. School ties, hand-knitted rainbow ponchos and fingerless gloves.

Its subject matter not normally addressed by your average rock'n'roll combo but that's part of what makes Starky so appealing. Never content with relying on cliché the band marries melody and urgency to create a sound all their own and a record worthy of one of the years finest.

'Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre' is Starky's debut album and was produced by Australian punk rock legend and Radio Birdman frontguy Rob Younger and co-produced, engineered and mixed by Wayne Connolly (You Am I, Silverchair, The Vines etc). It was recorded in just nine days and captures the excitement and energy the band is known for creating live.

With flare and fervour the group tackle 11 tracks, tunes guaranteed to not only get your toe tapping but take up high rotation in your head after a single listen.

There's Get Up, with its Brain Wilson-esque melody and thumping bass line. Saturday Night, Sunday Morning, all twin riffing guitars and infectious sing along chorus. Cool It has the best guitar riff that Cobain never wrote and says all it has to in just over two minutes. Then there's Girl Talk, a perfect example of the band at its best - all urgent guitars, hook in the brain melody and an almost off the rails rhythm section. That's How I'll Know You is the efforts of a band ready to explode, captured the old way on a two inch tape in a single live take. Tabards takes a reflective mood before Breakdance Glove (a tribute to hip hop pioneer Jam Master Jay) bursts forth, fingerless gloved fist in air, with its cheer leader, call and response chorus. Complicator, with its orchestrated drum intro and counter point guitars is probably the most introspective moment of the album. Theme From High School is a cry for escape from the classrooms of incompetent teachers. Then there's City Prison Doors a track so full of life that it feels as if the band could literally be playing in your lounge room. And finally the swinging Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah a song that compared with others on the record seems like a sprawling epic but still comes in at just over three and half minutes.

Led by songwriter Beau Cassidy (vox, guitar), Starky, who also include David Simons (guitar, vox) Nick Neal (bass, vox) and Saul Foster (drumset) have been together since late 1999. Apart from touring consistantly around Australia the Sydney four piece have toured the US twice in the last two years and have recently supported The Vines, The Shins and The Modey Lemon during their visits to Australia.