is a Juno Award
-nominated Canadian indie pop
band. Originally formed in Toronto
by vocalist Torquil Campbell
and keyboardist Chris Seligman
, the band relocated to New York City
and then subsequently to Montreal
Stars' music has been described as "beautiful, eloquent indie pop", characterized by lush instrumentation, nimble production and mixing, narrative lyrics, and soft but nuanced vocals. The band's style has evolved from an electronic-pop sound as heard on Nightsongs
(released on Le Grand Magistery
record label) to more rock-based instrumentation on their last two full-length albums, reflecting the permanent additions of singer-guitarist Amy Millan
and bassist Evan Cranley
(released on Paper Bag Records
), and eventually drummer Pat McGee
on Set Yourself on Fire
The band's breakthrough single was "Ageless Beauty
", from their 2004 album Set Yourself on Fire
. Millan, Cranley and Campbell are also members of the indie band Broken Social Scene
, with whom they currently share a record label, Arts & Crafts
. Campbell is also an actor and has appeared on the television shows Sex and the City
and Law & Order
. Millan released a solo album, Honey from the Tombs
, in 2006. Several of the band's songs, such as "The Vanishing", "Your Ex-Lover Is Dead", and "The Big Fight", have appeared on the Fox Network
's The O.C.
and CTV's Degrassi: The Next Generation
. Their single "Ageless Beauty" was also featured in a promotional trailer for Vh1's So Notorious
On their website, the band has noted that their name was chosen without prior knowledge of the short-lived project by Syd Barrett. They have cited a wide variety of musical likes and influences ranging from Berlioz to Outkast, citing among others Barrett, Paddy McAloon, New Order, The Smiths, Brian Wilson, Momus, and Broken Social Scene. They covered The Smiths' "This Charming Man" on 2001's Nightsongs and The Pogues' "Fairytale of New York" in 2005. Other indie artists have been guest collaborators on many of their tracks, especially for an early period including the release of their first LP.
Anticipating that their album In Our Bedroom After the War would leak at some point between the final mixing and the official release then more than two months away, Stars made the album available in digital form on July 10, 2007. The band contributed a T-shirt design to the Yellow Bird Project to raise money for Le Chainon, a women's shelter located in Montreal, Quebec.
On September 1, 2008, the band released the EP Sad Robots exclusively through their online store and on tour. The EP is available as a physical release or an online download.
The Juno Awards
are presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
. Stars has received two nominations.
| || Heart || Alternative Album of the Year ||
| || Set Yourself on Fire || Alternative Album of the Year ||
Polaris Music Prizes
The Polaris Music Prize
is awarded annually to the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit. Stars has received one nomination.
| || In Our Bedroom After the War || Polaris Music Prize ||
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