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""Overstand" Album Review"

This debut showcases the multi-faceted rock of this Chicago quartet, which incorporates funky breaks, soaring guitar leads, righteous reggae vibes, jazz and blues elements, and even a touch of hip-hop at times. Their hopeful outlook and idealistic mindset add a substantial edge to their lyrics, which are neatly displayed in focused frames of propulsive, energetic sound. Starrunner's solid sound can be partially atributed to their relentless touring schedule, which lends itself to the dynamic music found here. From mellow balladry to ripping funk-rock, Starrunner leaves no musical stone unturned!

Bryan Rogers – Home Grown Music Network
- Home Grown Music Network


"Another "Overstand" Review"

Starrunner plays cat-and-mouse games with time signatures that recall quite a few bands from jam’s yesteryears. However, the Chicago quartet offers fresh music with vocal harmonies that drift over the scene. Lead singer and bass guitarist, Ryan Behling, is a unique cross between Perry Farrell, Robert Plant and Jon Anderson, while the band nails down snappy grooves. The audio detours lead to hip-hop, rap, soul and an eyebrow, raising stab at prog rock without pretension.
Quite frankly, what initially hooked me was that while the post-Phish world is undergoing a civil war between those that accept Trey Anastasio’s new music and those that reject every note from his time zone, bands like Starrunner toy with some of the same song structures that Phish originally conquered. Songs like “Avocado” and “Bowlegged Centipede” seem innocent and full of joy -- a band knowing what it wants and playing the result. You can almost hear the engineer: “Alright. Let’s get on with it.”
After dismissing that foolish Phish comparison, I noticed the band’s ability just to lay down some mojo while keyboardist Peter James Zuninski dipped into glorious melodies and Behling narrated “Tomorrow.” The entire band slipped into several dimensions of a soft jam for an 11-minute slice of bliss on this track. Not exactly brain surgery “Reba”-perfection but, damned if I didn’t get a huge kick out of this song. The pure and simple task of enjoying a tune again—just listening and soaking in the vibe without any notion of understanding the lyrics or even caring… that feel that a group searches for in the eternal quest for a hook or something to bring the jaded ears back again and again.
Throughout Overstand, guitarist Dallas Wade plays a distorted tone that sounds artlessly dirty and at the same time beautifully succinct. His solos are tasteful without a touch of wanky shenanigans. However, it is the graceful and soft touch of Zubinski on piano and Oscar Loubriel on drums that lend the songs a warm and dense texture. Zubinski skirts along the periphery while Loubriel accents a gentle beat that straddles instead of suffocating the melody. Patience rewards and several songs slowly unfold towards a well-rounded climax featuring Wade assimilating diverse messages into a single theme.
The trio at the CD’s coda rest upon a bed of 18 minutes of acoustic sunrise leading into a bluegrass shuffle into interstellar space into rock anchored by a band that did its weighty homework before entering the studio to produce music that effortlessly reaches the listener. I’m not saying that I’ve found the next medium or big anything; I’ve found a little bit of what you want when you simply ask for something new: a floating wave of music that takes you far from shore, lifts you up, tosses you under and returns you to land in some different frame of mind—the timeless curiosity that segues into more experiments in spatial molecule adjustments. Next time, tackle Trey’s “A Good Stalk>That Dream Machine”—"Dave's Energy Guide" Part II—and I’ll really be impressed.
Randy Ray – Jambands.com
- Jambands.com


Discography

Overstand - 2004 - Full Length Studio Release
Live @ Iowa City Yacht Club - 2005
Live @ Mike and Denises - 2004
Live @ Camp Reggae - 2004
Live @ The Rhythm Room - 2004
Live @ Cicero's - 2003
Live @ 602 North - 2003
The Halloween Sessions - Studio EP - 2004
The Oakland Sessions - Studio EP - 2003
The Super Buddha Sessions - Studio EP - 2002

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Bio

Starrunner formed in a jam session in Chicago in November of 2002. Each of the members were in other projects in Chicago for many years before and hit the ground running with a packed show at the historical Wise Fools Pub on the North side of Chicago. Since then, the band has been known for their relentless touring, performing over 400 shows in over 20 states.
With each member of the band being influenced by entirely different styles, Starrunner's sound has an eclectic element that keeps listeners guessing and coming back for more night after night. Their influences include Phish, Jimi Hendrix, The Roots, Stevie Wonder, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Miles Davis, John Scofield, Tool, The Meters, The Allman Brothers, Thelonius Monk, RHCP, MMW, The Grateful Dead, Rage Against the Machine, Radiohead, Ben Harper and many others.
Starrunner has recently been invited to join the Home Grown Music Network, which is internationally distributing their debut studio album, "Overstand", which features 13 original tracks. And the bands original catelog continues to grow and is available on various independently released live recordings.
The band has recently been drawing attention as it has been named the #1 Road Warrior of 2005 from Home Grown Music Network and the #5 Road Warrior from Jambase.com, an internationally acclaimed website featuring over 250,000 bands.
Starrunner thrives in their live performances and will never do the same set twice, intertwining styles and songs effortlessly. Their ability to do this will undoubtedly add to their longevity.

"... propulsive, energetic sound ... Starrunner leaves no musical stone unturned." - Home Grown Music Network

"... innocent and full of joy - a band knowing what it wants and playing the result." - Randy Ray, Jambands.com

"Starrunner is a truly relentless road warrior!" - Chris Robie, Home Grown Music Network