Ok kids, time to sit around the campfire for another week of "Four Chords & Seven Years Ago." Last week we discussedEmanuel. This week I dug a little deeper to talk about Count The Stars. You can view my entry in the replies.
Trivia time! Name the drummer of a former Victory Records artist that has become one of the biggest rock booking agents in the world. Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
I didn't expect you to know the answer because I wouldn't have known the answer without being tipped off about this a few years ago. His name is Dave Shapiro. Although the new generation of informed young guns may recognize him as the agent behind A Day To Remember, Chiodos, The Wonder Years, Sleeping With Sirens, and countless others, he got this start by playing the drums in New York's Count The Stars.
Hailing from upstate New York, Count The Stars crafted their own brand of snotty emo pop-punk synonymous with the early of 2000s. Fans of Midtown and The Matches will relate to songs filled with heartbreak and tales of being mad at ex-girlfriends, which were ubiquitous themes found on their 2 records. (Writer's Note: Not intentional, but all 3 of the bands featured thus far only had 2 LPs.)
Despite only having an average of 18 years old in 2001, the band released their debut LP called Another Useless Night on Dreamsand Records and then signed with Victory Records to release their second full-length Never Be Taken Alive. Like many bands that were on the rise, they were opening great tours for the likes of Taking Back Sunday and Fall Out Boy. In addition, they also played part of the Vans Warped Tour. Unfortunately, the band was in an accident in September 2003 and then broke up in November, ending a path filled with promise and potential.
Bassist Clark Foley joined The Reunion Show and then several members including Foley and guitarist Adam Manning ended up creating Action Action. Shapiro played drums for Cinematic Sunrise and has become a tremendously successful booking agent. Sadly, Count The Stars' history was short but sweet.
I remember when I bought Tell All Your Friends, it came with a Victory sampler, and "Taking It All Back" was one of the songs on it. Never went out and grabbed the album, but I liked that song and few of their others a lot at that time.
So stoked to see CTS get some posthumous recognition. Easily one of my favorite bands from the early 00s along the likes of Brand New, Something Corporate, The Starting Line and so forth. I wouldn't be mad to see a reunion happen.
Saw them a few times, that was such a fun record. Good guys too, chatted with them a bunch at an Early November show if I remember correctly. I wanna say I saw them play with Grover Dill, Hidden In Plain View and Early November. It was so long ago I'm not too clear on that though lol.