“A winning combination of a perfect hard rock and soulful voice confronted by riffs resembling the work of Queens Of The Stone Age and Alice In Chains. We’ve finally found a band that can really compete with the big boys.” –
With a sound that takes in the epic, melodic rock tendencies of the resurgent grunge scene (Pearl Jam to Alice In Chains) all the way through to the intelligent aggression and energy of punk stalwarts like Cancer Bats, Soil and Alexisonfire, Starseed offer up a sound as dynamically post-millennial as you could wish for.
And in between the thrilling riffery and infectious melody, the band constantly demonstrate a breathtaking confidence - winding through multi-layered soundscapes and occasionally serpentine arrangements – adding true depth to their sound.
Already generating some serious buzz (Kerrang! Magazine described their imminent album as ‘A stunning collection of 12 humungous rock tracks!’), the UK based (but South African birthed) quintet are understandably excited about the coming months.
“We just cannot wait to get out on the road and play these songs to people,” says drummer Andrew Spence. “We all really believe in this material, it means everything to us.”
“Peace Machine is without a doubt the finest achievement of our musical career so far!” added vocalist Russell Spence. “We are really excited about this album and truly love every minute of it. We hope people enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed writing and recording it.”
During the last few years, the quintet have worked relentlessly on the road, performing at Download in 2007… packing out the likes of indig02 at The 02, Camden Underworld, The 100 Club and Monto Water Rats, as well as being nominated for Best Live Band at the Indy Music Awards 2008.
The Peace Machine album was recorded throughout the summer of 2009 at Stakeout Studios with producer Jason Wilcock at the helm (Reuben, Fightstar, The Ghost Of A Thousand etc), and features twelve tracks. Album opener, ‘Shine’, is the lead off single and has a fantastic accompanying video shot by Sitcom Soldiers (Therapy?, In Case Of Fire).
“The writing of the record was a lengthy and involved process,” says Russell Spence. “But it was truly a collaboration. Every Saturday morning during the first four months of 2009 we’d leave our girlfriends, jobs etc and get together and just brainstorm and build the Peace Machine. This album is truly a product of the heart and soul of each member and the proof is clearly in the pudding.”
And on Nov 30, when Peace Machine lands in the stores, the rest of the world will get their chance to see what he means!!