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Starflyer 59 - Exposing Mistakes

  • 2000 6 Jun
Starflyer 59 - Exposing Mistakes

{{Starflyer 59}} is the longest-running band on alternative/indie juggernaut Tooth & Nail Records, but talking to Starflyer mastermind Jason Martin, you'd never guess it. Martin exudes the kind of modest, self-deprecating quality that just screams "new band" - between Martin and cohort Jeff Cloud, you couldn't find Starflyer's collective ego with a magnifying glass.

About the band's past work (five LPs, countless EPs and 7" singles), Martin offers the following: "I like some of it, some of it is just OK to me."

"It makes me feel old," Cloud pitches in.

Together, along with drummer Wayne Everett (formerly of the {{Prayer Chain}} and currently fronting indie rockstars the Lassie Foundation) and Gene Eugene ({{Adam Again}} leader and renowned producer), they have created one of the great records of the past year, ==Everybody Makes Mistakes==. EMM, in classic-Starflyer form, is a spiraling wave of guitar majesty and glorious pop hooks, coupled with Jason's subtle lyrics and delivery.

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Cloud, in explanation of the album's title, puts it this way: "It says what it means, there is really no hidden meaning. Everybody does make mistakes. Starflyer 59 has made several huge ones, and I'm sure anyone who gets the record has too.

"So yes, 'everybody makes mistakes.'"

While this may be true, you'd be hard-pressed to find any discernible mistakes in Starflyer 59's formidable body of work. 1994 saw the release of Starflyer's self-titled debut, also known as "Silver" for it's solid album cover. Along with the following year's ==Gold==, it became known for it's hushed vocals and layered wall of guitars. Originally tagged "shoegazer music" by those who didn't know better, Starflyer's sound owed more to British artrock bands like Ride and Slowdive then to the punk and hardcore bands that became the band's labelmates. In an early press release, Tooth & Nail labeled Starflyer 59 as "pasty white skin pop," - an allusion to Martin's British influences. But that label wouldn't apply for much longer.

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