stella rocket

stella rocket

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Stella Rocket’s debut album was produced in 2004 by Jari Haapalainen (The Bear Quartet, The concretes and others) and got a lot of good reviews. The first single, ”Animals”, was played frequently on the radio and was followed by ”Tokyo”. Now comes the eagerly awaited follow-up: "To the Birds".

Biography

Stella Rocket.
Stella Rocket’s journey to the stars met with an abrupt end when their vocalist disappeared
shortly after the release of their debut album in 2004. Erica Luuk (former keyboardist in Stella
Rocket) remembers: ”We were supposed to arrive like a stellar rocket and crash into everybody
with our fine tunes, choirs and elegant style. But instead we crashed into muddy puddles again
and again. Nobody ever had any money, so the style became more of a poor, ragged attempt at
elegance with beer instead of champagne in crystal glasses. Rockets glued onto black T-shirts
instead of glittering, tailored stage clothes. It was sad and not what we wanted, but in a way
anything else would have been strange at the time.”
But four years later the stellar rockets met again in a new constellation and the years of musical
abstinence gave the new material a force and energy that is seldom seen. ”We had almost given
up the thought of playing when a producer suddenly called one day and wondered what had
become of us. At home, I had a box full of songs and the fiddle had been waiting under my bed
for far too long, so when we got to the studio there was an explosion of melodies and
arrangements. There was not room for it all on the record, half of it had to be cut out.” Tove
Leander (Song, guitar and fiddle in Stella Rocket).
Joel Berg made the beautiful sleeve inspired by the Beatles after having heard some of the
tunes by the pool on an Italian summer night. And soon, Black Rabbit, Single Inga and all the
other tunes will be available to the rest of the world. Ladies and gentlemen: ”To the Birds.”
The album To the Birds will be released on November 4th by Fashionpolice/Bonnier Amigo.
The record sleeve for ”To the Birds” was designed by Joel Berg (creative director for the fashion
magazine D – La Repubblica delle Donne and Velvet). The pictures of the birds on the beautiful
sleeve were taken on Gotland by the artist and bird-watcher Gösta Reiland (who has made music
videos for Madonna, Robyn and others in collaboration with Johan Renck). The illustrations were
made by Gustaf von Arbin (who has formerly made illustrations for Lykke Li and others). The first
single from the album ”Keep On” had a very nice sleeve made by Marcello Piccinini (Studio Berg)
and was played on P3 and German radio stations.

Discography

2009: To The Birds (album)
2009: Keep On (single)
2007: Armstrong (single)
2005: Tokyo (single)
2005: Tokyo (video, direction by Mattias Bäcklin)
2004: Regret (single)
2004: Animals (single)
2004: Animals (video, direction by Erica Jensen)
2004: Stella Rocket (album)

Set List

Approx 45 min.
Animals, To the birds, Tomorrow, Single Inga, Old Nuns, Black Rabbit, Keep On...