Songs To Learn and Sing – Feathers and A*Star


Ok, so we’re nearing the years end and scurrying around cyberspace to see which bands, tunes, and albums we may have missed during a pretty darn impressive year for new music!  However, how on God’s green earth Austin based all female synth wizards Feathers almost slipped under our radar is a complete mystery!  Rest assured there will be a bloodbath at VPME towers and no stone will be left unturned in an attempt to address the sort of managerial failings that make Newsnight look like a well-oiled machine Wink

Feathers appear to be a perfect fit for this blog, fusing the melodic swirling harmonies of Warpaint with the dark pulsing beats of Depeche Mode whilst at the same time very much forging their own musical shapes on the creative anvil of innovation, they make a glorious noise!    One day all pop music will sound this good, because this really is twenty shades of fucking wonderful!  The brain child of former Cruel Black Dove singer Anastasia Dimou with a  live line up that  varies from a 4 to a 5-piece, and includes Galexy Gehring (Ringo Deathstarr), Destiny Montague (Shock Cinema/Midnight Masses),  Courtney Voss (The Vomettes) and Kathleen Carmichael Feathers are a band we expect, nay we DEMAND great things of in 2013



A STAR  The Von Pip Musical Express

Talking of  bands who are a perfect fit for this blog A*Star  is the musical union of  Perry Pelonero and  Kim Welsh who first hooked up as members of Boston shoegaze band Skylight in the early 1990’s.  They’ve also worked with Curve legend Dean Garcia and indeed Perry still writes and plays guitar for Garcia’s SPC ECO project.  The track below, the bands most recent single entitled “Flashbulb” combines raw power, fabulous dream pop hooks alongside some quite incredible guitars riffs and slowly builds into an all encompassing, truly epic wall of sound anthem.  Bring on the album we say!


Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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