Saturday, 16 March 2013
New Artist Alert: Dear Stars - Hero In Our Eyes
Glaswegian rockers Dear Stars are the latest band that When We Were Beautiful is proud to feature. The quintet cite Kings of Leon, The Killers, and Mumford & Sons as influences of their sound, and there's definitely a nice marriage of these quite different bands evident in debut single 'Hero in our Eyes'.
It's a driving intro with a chugging rhythm section that really pulls at the time signature, whilst the stretching high guitar part adds a nice sonic balance, accompanied by Stereophonic-esque backing vocals. The track settles into the verse, with a squelchy, solid bass and 16s on the hi-hats holding everything together, providing a lot of space for the vocals in the mix which sound great. Everything opens up again in a rather catchy chorus and there's a nice lead line on the guitar that reminds me of Fortune Faded-era Chili Peppers. The second chorus bleeds into an extended guitar/backing vocal section before collapsing into what I assumed was a slightly empty bridge section but was in fact the outro. Although the track comes in at just under three and a half minutes, it felt like we could have gone around the chorus again; predictable perhaps, but there's always as much give as there is take in a band/listener relationship. That said, it's great to break the mould and the song is in no way lesser for having done so; it's an anthemic rocker that I'm sure sounds even better live.
Be sure to keep up to date with the band via their Facebook page, including how to get hold of the single and where the guys will be playing next. In the meantime, take a listen to Hero in our Eyes for yourselves below. Enjoy :)