Doomstar! – Fri 2/13 – PA’s Lounge

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photo by Chris Moriarty
Doomstar! is a three-piece rock band that layers haunting melodies and vocals over highly syncopated beats to create a sound that looms like a summer storm cloud. This is a band that sound like right now without being derivative. You can hear a host of influences at play but none of then ever pervade the originality of the song writing. Artists such as David Axelrod and Iron Lung EP-era Radiohead are the first thing that come to mind but their sound is much more than that. Imagine a plane somewhere between Thrill Jockey and late-90’s Mo Wax and you’re starting to get warmer. Look out for their new album to be released in the near future on Boston-based label Art Attack.
Doomstar! will be sharing the stage friday night at PA’s with three other bands. Headlining is Mi Ami from San Francisco featuring the ex-drums and keys of Black Eyes plus a guitarist/vocalist added to the mix. Also on the bill are Thank You from Baltimore who have an album out on Thrill Jockey and Somerville’s own Concord Ballet Orchestra Players who’s name belies the band’s noisy psych-rock onslaught. This is a great mix of local and national acts, don’t miss it.
Q&A w/ Spenser Gralla guitar/vocals for Doomstar!
Q: How did Doomstar! form? What other musical projects were you guys involved in before getting together?  

A: We all went to school at UMass Amherst together. Jeff and I (Spenser) played in a band together but didn’t play out much while Noah played drums for a few people and spent a little more time on the road than we did. We were friends but it was only after we all moved to Boston that we started playing together as a band. 

Q: Your myspace page header reads” new album coming real soon”. Tell us all about the album and when it will be released.

A: We recorded the album in October 08, with our friend Justin Pizzoferrato @ Bank Row Recordings in Greenfield MA. We had done our first ever doomstar! recordings with him a year prior. Justin is an amazing human being, a great friend and exceptional engineer. Justin spends most his days recording with J Mascis as well as members of Sonic Youth, so you could kinda say loud, noisy music is his forte. The album was recorded and mixed onto 1 inch tape in four days. The session was comprised of us laying down already thought out songs as well as us spending time recording improvisations. We ended up cutting up and mixing down some of those improv’s and they found their way onto the album. After that we had Nick Zampiello over at New Alliance East master it. Nick’s a great guy and did an exceptional job. His studio is down the hall from our practice space so the whole thing was wonderfully convenient. Right now we’re in the process of getting the final product pressed. After that we plan to release it under Dave Vicini ( of Viva Viva)’s label, Art Attack. We’re going to be the first band, but there is rumor that some other great Boston act’s such as Tulsa, Drug Rug and Amoroso are going to put stuff out on it. I think the goal is to press some vinyl and then all have a party.

Q: What is the most flattering/sickening musician/band comparisons you have received from fans, friends, family, press etc…?

A: Its very interesting hearing the bands that people compare our music to. I find it very hard describing our “sound” to people. People tend to hear many different influences in our music that usually seem quite contradictory to us. Sometimes they’re dead on. My Bloody Valentine, Pixies, Flaming Lips, Fugazi, … I guess the best compliment you can ever receive is when people’s comparisons are always varied and there is little continuity from one person’s experience to another’s. It means that their getting something out of the whole thing that may have not been our original intent and that’s cool. It’s like art making art or something like that. 

Q: Your music is really beat driven, name some drummers that you feel have had an influence on the direction of you’re music.

A: Defiantly older drummers such as John Bonham, Mitch Mitchell, and lots of early psychedelic music leaning toward the more experimental side. Most recently, Greg Saunier of Deerhoof and Justin Peroff from Broken Social Scene. Though our drummer, Noah, says he is more inspired by bands than drummers.

Q: If you could play a show in Boston with 3 other local bands who would they be and at what Boston venue would you play?

A: Magic Magic, Viva Viva, Amoroso @ the Paradise. You would get your face melted by some of the nicest people in the world.

Listen to Doomstar!



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