Takoma Star

Takoma Star

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Essex's newest rising rock upstarts Takoma Star blend Power Punk Pop with good old fashioned Rock melodies. Compared by one magazine to the result of a car crash between the Knack and Dinosaur Jnr. They are a must see band for all of you! For fans of The Atari's, Jimmy Eat World and +44

Biography


Rising rock upstarts from Essex, Takoma Star blend pop-punk, classic rock and emo to make sing along friendly anthems ready for the mosh pit.

The U.K’s newest rising rock upstarts Takoma Star hit the ground running in 2007 with their debut E.P. “To This Day”. Produced by the ever respected Neak (whose production and live credits include Hondo Maclean/ The Future/ Funeral For A Friend) “To This Day” is already being heralded as a punk pop tour de force with every track a potential single. Combining the melodies of Billy Joel with the power of The Ataris, Takoma Star breathe new life and energy into the UK music scene. Some reviewers said:

"Six tracks full of rock genius... you'll be blown away 4/5" -Black Velvet Magazine

"Diverse, exciting and deserving of respect... this is superb" - Bubblegum Slut Fanzine

"the ultimate rock newcomer... original feelgood music" - Scarred For Life.de (Germany)

"Power rock, dabs of gentleness... gets better with every play" - Unpeeled.co.uk

2006 saw Takoma Star hand picked to open up for legendary seventies punk icons The Stranglers and The Blockheads quickly gaining momentum with a live acoustic session on local radio and having an early demo of Atari Days chosen to open up a SlashMusic for Channel4 podcast presented by Tom Ravenscroft son of the late great Radio 1 DJ John Peel.

Already breaking ground that most unsigned bands only dream of Takoma Star has seen their european fan base grow, been given sponsorship and endorsement deals with two of the worlds most respected instrument manufacturers (ddrum and Dean guitars), self released their debut to critical acclaim and recieved over a thousand radio plays in the first month of release.

Takoma Star carried out their first tour in October and November 2007 and travelled the UK with their explosive live show including a high energy performance at Liverpool's Cavern Club the birth place of The Beatles.

2008 came around and Takoma Star have seen steady sales of their debut on iTunes, Napster and other download sites, were voted unsigned band of the week on XFM (a national radio station in the UK) by the stations listeners and have been supporting signed acts (such as My Device and The Fun Loving Criminals) and played bigger venues in the UK as well as playing at festivals in the UK and Czech Republic.

Takoma Star have just finished the follow up to their debut with their producer Neak once again at the controls and mastering duties being taken by two time Grammy nominee Andy Jackson (Pink Floyd / David Gilmour). The new album "Till The Fall" is due out on Monday June 29th.

Discography

To This Day - EP released fall 2007
Stockholm (single) - Dec 2008
Live Album - May 2009
Till The Fall (Album) due June 29th 2009

Set List

As Takoma Star are currently more typically billed as a main support to a more well established act the average live set time would be 35 - 45 minutes.

A standard set list would be:-

Hill Valley '85
College Girlfriend
Senior Prom Slow Dance
Declaration Of Dependance
Sweetness
Atari Days
Rule The School
Curveball

Takoma Star have no cover versions listed in their current live repertoire but have been know to perform "Radio Radio" by Elvis Costello, "Love Is A Battlefield" by Pat Benetar and "Hunger Strike" by Temple of the Dog.