Members: Jason Bell, Kevin Calaba, Dan Orvik
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Centuries Before Love and War
The Antarctica EP
Available on iTunes Now! Contains a new ambient mix of Movies of Antarctica, an acoustic version of With You, and the previously unreleased Foreign Snow. Also included in this iTunes exclusive is the video for Movies of Antarctica. Click here to buy the EP now!
Movies of Antarctica
Click here to get CENTURIES BEFORE LOVE AND WAR on iTunes.
Four Stars - Alternative Press, March 2007
"Standout 'Movies of Antartica' is a desolate stadium anthem that echoes Radiohead and Coldplay." - Billboard, January 2007
"The Portland trio, whose shoegazer sound is a dreamy mix of keyboards, electronic samples, chiming guitar and throbbing bass lines...a further dip into this impressive debut reveals some expansive rock songs that deserve to be heard on the big stage." - VH1.com - Must Hear Albums, January 3rd, 2007
"Centuries Before Love and War is good enough to scare the Postal Service gang back into the studio." The Boston Globe, January 2007
"Stars of Track and Field are masterminds of atmosphericsThe groups lushly crafted alt-rock aims high-for the arena rafters, even-but in a way that is smart and indie-minded." - The Denver Post, January 2007
"A little bit poppy, a little bit electronic, a little bit dreamy. All together amazing." - NY Post's Best Songs to Download from 2006, December 19th, 2006
"...the results are quite stunning, as Centuries Before Love and War, a follow-up to their self-produced debut EP, You Came Here for Sunset Last Year, proves.What hasn't changed is the Stars' glimmering, gloomy, shimmering, shambling style, but the electronics allow them to vastly expand their musical palette, add a plethora of shadings and textures to their songs, and evoke rock's rich past." - Jo-Ann Greene, All Music Guide / Billboard Magazine
"...you will not want to miss your chance to meet your new favorite band, especially if you're a fan of the beautiful, emotionally fractured and deftly dynamic sound of Disintegration-era Cure or pre-major label Wheat. " - Nashville Rage, August 2006
"...a stunning and desolate beauty to Stars of Track and Field's debut album. The crestfallen vocals of singer Kevin Calaba backed by lonely synths and hushed electronica conflate into one big murky sparkle, giving the album a dark and stirring sheen." - Amplifier Magazine
"...digital beats with a little bit of guitar rock. At times one aspect of the band overpowers the others - breaking through the sound we had just gotten used to." - Gothamist
Stars of Track and Field traverses sonic territory, from digital to analog and back, oscillating between minimalism and grandiose walls of keyboard and guitar. Influences that range as far DAngelo and Aphex Twin to The Beatles and Built to Spill can be felt through this amalgamation of sound and feeling that subtlety leaves an indelible stamp on all who come in contact with the aural soundscape.
Stars of Track and Fields debut EP, You Came Here for Sunset Last Year, was released in June 2005 and became an instant staple on radio in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout Portland and Seattle, and across the region, the band sold several thousand copies of the recording via an old-school DIY approach. Live shows, local independent retail stores, and enthusiastic praise in Best of 2005 critic lists and readers polls fueled this groundswell. SXSW Executive Producer Matt Dentlers blog listed Stars of Track and Field as the #4 Band to Watch for 2006, and soon thereafter they signed a deal with Southern Californiabased indie label SideCho Records. They returned to the studio in early 2006 with the team of Tony Lash (Dandy Warhols, Elliot Smith) and Jeff Saltzman (Stephen Malkmus), who had produced the highly successful ep, and recorded their first full-length offering Centuries Before Love and War. The album displays the bands signature dichotomous formula, successfully mining elements from across rocks history while simultaneously embracing the digital technology of the future. This recording caught the attention of Wind-up Records, and the band has segued from SideCho to the larger independent. Centuries Before Love and War is available now on iTunes.
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