Anyone else here a Starflyer fan? SF59 has been one of my favorite bands for years now. I doubt that many of you know about SF59, so I'll sum them up here.
Starflyer was started in 1993 in Riverside, California by Jason Martin. They were the first band signed onto Tooth & Nail Records (Christian label, yeah, but there is virtually no religious mentions in the Starflyer lyrics) and were on that label until last year, when they went independent. Their sound has really changed a lot over the years, but one thing stays the same: besides vocalist/guitarist Jason Martin, the rest of the band is a generally rotating cast of musicians. Now, album list (full-lengths only, but there are a number of EPs and two comps).
Silver (1993): Great album. However, you can definitely hear how young Jason is with the (sometimes) immature lyrics. This album is pretty straight-up shoegazer, taking a lot of cues from MBV. Best tracks: "Blue Collar Love", "The Zenith", "Second Space Song"
Gold (1995): This album retains the shoegazer sound from Silver, but mellows it slightly. These lyrics are still a bit immature with a lot of focus on love and relationships, but this is still an amazing album, and easily my favorite of SF59's first 3 albums. "Housewife Love Song", "Duel Overhead Cam", "When You Feel Miserable"
Americana (1997): I don't like this album as much as I should. It takes the shoegaze-y sound and adds a Smiths-esque vibe to it. Keyboards are especially prominent in it. Lyrics are wayyyy more mature now, and this is really the first album of the defining Starflyer sound. "The Voyager", "Harmony", "The Boulevard"
The Fashion Focus (1998): This basically takes Americana and removes all shoegazy stuff (except the track "Too Much Fun"). I love this album. Keyboards are relatively prominent again. Vocals are becoming a lot better. "I Drive A Lot", "The Sundown", "Too Much Fun"
Everybody Makes Mistakes (1999): I love this album, so much. Jason really broadens his vocal range and the lyrics are amazing. Keyboards are less noticeable in a lot of the songs. EMM is noticeably more indie/alternative rock influenced. "Play The C Chord", "No More New", "Going Places"
Leave Here A Stranger (2001): This album is interesting. It was recorded in Mono, as a tribute to the Beach Boy's 'Pet Sounds'. This album is a lot mellower than previous albums, and way more thoughtful with great lyrics and singing. "When I Learn To Sing", "I Like Your Photographs", "Night Music"
Old (2003): This album is possible my favorite SF59 album. So amazing. Great drums/percussion, vocals, and production. Has a kind of melancholy and romantic vibe to it, but very straightforward indie rock. "Underneath", "Major Awards", "Unbelievers"
I Am The Portuguese Blues (2004): Probably my least favorite SF59 album. Something just doesn't feel quite right. It has a few great moments ("Destiny") but all the rest of it doesn't sound quite right.
Talking Voice vs. Singing Voice (2005): Ohh man. The return of the keyboards. Very prominent here are the keyboards, giving a kind of 80's/retro feel, but still certaintly SF59. "The Contest Completed", "Good Sons", "A Lists Go On"
My Island (2006): This album is very straightforward rock. Not my favorite album (or, imo, the best), but easily most mainstream and accessible. Amazing bass here. "The Frontman", "Nice Guy", "Pearl of Great Price"
Dial M (2008): This album almost seems like a combination of Talking Voice and My Island. Rather noticeable keyboards but very much rock. Kind of reminds me of the Smiths in ways, and he even pays homage to Johnny Marr in "Minor Keys". "Automatic", "Concentrate", "Minor Keys", "Taxi".
The Changing of the Guard (2010): This album marks a change in the Starflyer sound. It takes the indie rock that characterized their previous albums, but adds very prominent acoustic guitar and lower vocals. "Trucker's Son", "The Morning Rise/Frightening Eyes", "Cry Me A River".
Anyways, currently, Starflyer left Tooth & Nail after 18 years and used Kickstarter to produce enough funds to record an independent album (their 13th!) which is coming out early 2013. Not tons known about the sound of this album yet, but iirc you can find a demo of a song off of LP13 at starflyer59.bandcamp.com.
So, yeah. That was long. Sorry to waste your time if you don't really care, but this band is amazing and I want Starflyer to be more widespread/popular. Check them out! I'd recommend starting with Old and The Fashion Focus, and then going chronologically.
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