Artist: Hollow Stars
Title: Self-titled 7"
Label: Army of Bad Luck
Release date: 2008
Release number: ABL 010
Vinyl color: Clear
Good live band? Check. Local talent from already established bands teaming to crank out something totally different? Check. A connection to one of Atlanta's best exports? Check. Tour experience with the likes of King Khan and BBQ? Check. An awesome debut? Check.
That's a succinct yet thorough description of Hollow Stars, a local indie band fronted by former Deerhunter guitarist Colin Mee and featuring members of Knife and the 4th Ward Daggers and criminally underrated and now defunct Vera Fang.
On "Only Your Love," the a-side to the band's Army of Bad Luck debut, Mee's vocals emerge over the slightly distored indie rock equivalent of the wall of sound. The b-side, "In Herald Dreams We Wither," showcases tight musicians on the verge of rocking out like Colin's other band, Chopper, but they keep things reigned in just enough to keep from speeding past soft, deliberate vocals.
The 7", like most Army of Bad Luck releases, comes with a CDR with two bonus songs, including a ambient, synth-enhanced trip to a prog-rock dreamworld and totally different, guitar-heavy tune with distorted vocals.
Check out this still in print record, which is available from the new Army of Bad Luck website.