Starky – Starky

StarkyWell, I’m in a bit of a quandary; basically I’ve been out of work for almost two months now and I’ve pretty much run out of cash. Which means that i can’t go out and buy new CDs, specifically so I can talk about them on the site. Bummer; that means no new albums from Arcade Fire, Kaiser Chiefs, Klaxons, Idlewild, the Shins, the Stooges or Grinderman. So, basically I’m going back to CDs from 2006 that I’ve not talked about yet, which is pretty easy when you use i-tunes smart playlists. Anyway, Starky are an Australian band from Sydney that have been about since the late 90’s, although this is only their 2nd album after 2003’s Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre.

The single “Hey, Bang Bang” got quite a lot of airtime on Triple J last year and is probably the pick of the songs of the album. It’s a shimmering song, that reminded me of the first Stills album. But the album as a whole takes a completely different tone; it sounds of morphs into a slightly heavier sounding Killers album (starky recently supported the Killers in their Australian gigs). The synth line that’s at the forefront of “The Wreckery” is pure Brandon Flowers. Mind you, the jerky post-punk-like “We generate Friction” reminded me of the Futureheads.

Indeed, the feeling I get off the whole album is that this is almost some kind of compilation of some of the best bands of the last few years. That’s not a bad thing at all, it’s just that not all the songs grabbed me. “She Got Ambition” is good though, even though the it sounds like the band have a totally different singer from the other tracks. Starky is a good album, there’s no obvious weak or duff track, it’s just maybe a bit schizophrenic.

Starky – Hey Bang Bang:


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