Hailing from Milan, Italy, is upstart power trio Black Starfuries, with their debut album Rest of the City. Here's a mixture of post-punk, post-grunge, and garage rock with classic melodic hard rock sensibility. There's even a little modern sleaze factor, if only in their goofy stage names: Mr. Tekko, William Dogboy, and Dr. Nikk.
Their sound is a once simple and rather dense, having a very lush atmosphere. Whether this is by design or production, it's an entertaining sound. And it makes the Starfuries sound larger than the street rock sound the wish to portray. Nevertheless, it still conveys some brisk rawness between the lines. The band can rock, offering good melodies, a blistering rhythm section, and strong, sometimes unpredictable, guitar lines. Lyrically, many songs are nearly nonsensical, seeming like many English phrases pieced together until they sounded good, and over the music they sound good.
Nevertheless, it all works and becomes quizzically entertaining over several spins. Top picks: Sanctuary, Desert Storm, Rest of the City, Cigarette, and the dirty sleaze number, Toy Boy. Ultimately, Black Starfuries have an impressive, and dare I say, a refreshingly novel sound. Recommended.
Black Starfuries have an impressive, and dare I say, a refreshingly novel sound, which becomes strangely entertaining and addictive after several spins.
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