The Countdown

The Countdown

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Proclaimed by Filter Magazine as "Easily the hottest DIY husband/wife duo to hail from the Midwest since you-know-who burst outta Detroit", Stiff and Roxie Starr fuse together a unique brand of tinny beats, eerie synth-pop and dirty, thrashing rock 'n' roll.

Biography

Sweaty, stomping, jarring, precise, angular, mechanical, brash and raucous - adjectives that all seem to fall short of sufficiently describing the crazed noise rock extravaganza that is The Countdown. Proclaimed by Filter Magazine as "Easily the hottest DIY husband/wife duo to hail from the Midwest since you-know-who burst outta Detroit", Stiff and Roxie Starr fuse together a unique brand of tinny beats, eerie synth-pop and dirty, thrashing rock 'n' roll.

In 2001 Roxie (Sweet Heat, Starball) pulled out demos she had written for an unfinished rock opera set in a deranged dystopian future. Unable and unwilling to simply let the songs collect dust in her closet any longer, she and Stiff (Entertainment, Red Eyed Legends) re-recorded them in their attic studio. The result was a 13 song self-released LP entitled Communicator that combined sinister noise solos and disco-industrial beats described as Night of the Living Dead meets Tommy - half horror flick soundtrack, half smiley face singalong.

Armed with their guitars and a sampler, The Countdown were ready to bring their rock-opera to the masses, and began playing out in support of such bands as The Locust, The Postal Service, The Unicorns, The Sneaker Pimps, I Am The World Trade Centre, Soviet, We Regazzi, Cex, and The Frogs. After attending one of their entirely insane performances, one critic left a converted fan who pronounced The Countdown, "CRAZED enough to make Kylie Minogue make out with Lemmy from Motorhead. More rock and roll than anything I can think of in recent experience."

Time, touring and experimentation led to the 2003 release of the Human Resources EP. Stiff and Roxie turned up the guitars and distortion creating their now signature dirty, throbbing electropunk sound. It wasn't long before Human Resources fell into the hands of the Chicago-based industrial/electronic label Invisible Records who put an end to fans wondering why the hell no one had signed The Countdown.

Stiff and Roxie headed into the studio again this past summer, but this time with Martin Atkins (PIL, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry) and Steven Siebold (Berlin, Hate Dept, Information Society) at the helm. The Scratch 'n' Sniff EP, featuring a Radio 4 remix as well as a cover of Big Black's "Bad Penny", was released October 12, 2004 and has been getting heavy spins on college radio. Stiff and Roxie are currently taking a few months off of touring to spend time with their newborn daughter. Invisible Records will release the next Countdown full length in Spring 2006 with plans of a North American tour.

Lyrics

My Poison

Written By: The Countdown

You told me once that you were really just a liar
And though I knew it I went climbing on the wire
It was a game we played and I was getting higher
Before I knew it I was building up the fire
And now I know that I am headed for disaster
And I can't help myself you make me come much faster
And every hour that goes by I will be blinded
Cause you're the poison that I take to be reminded

Oh baby don't go
Don't leave me alone
I need more right now
I'm hanging around
To see you again
Will you just pretend
You love me too
I'm dying for you..

It took me years to figure out that you're deceiving
And you're my drug of choice and you've got me believing
I need a little of you everywhere I go to
Cause I will melt away if I am left without you
I wish I knew how much you made me feel so frantic
And if I go one day without you I will panic

Oh baby don't go
Don't leave me alone
I need more right now
I'm hanging around
To see you again
Will you just pretend
You love me too
I'm dying for you..

Discography

Lipstick Heart Attack (Fall 2006)
Scratch 'n' Sniff (2004)
Human Resources (2003)
Communicator (2002)