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Star Club West


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Together with Wim van den Heuvel (bass) and Raf de Backer (drums), songwriter and singer/guitar player Nico Jacobs makes up the core of Star Club West. Their first EP ‘This is Howie’ was recorded on a low budget with a little help from friends like Elko Blijweert (Dead Man Ray), Tim Coenen (Admiral Freebee) and sound engineer Glenda Langue. This resulted in a tender record with dreamy instrumental passages as well as light-noisy escapades. The Critics loved ( J ) the record and Star Club West played a few times to support My Morning Jacket and Frank Black, and went on a mini-tour in Germany with Wolf Colonel.

About their first record: ‘Star Club West display a penchant for languidly delivered vocals, piano-tinged ballads, melancholic lyrics, and guitars that gently weep. They have plenty to recommend them, from melodic opener ‘Fragment Drop’, interspersed with short bursts of distorted guitar, to ‘Enjoying the Elbow Room’, the acoustic soother that closes the album. Instrumentally, ‘Stereo Design’ has its feet firmly rooted in Pavement territory, yet with a decidedly un-Pavement-like level of lyrical clarity, evinced by the opening line “This is the sound of a broken wing in a crash.” The same emotional frankness can be heard on ‘How Nice You Drop By’, which is sweetly reminiscent of the original 1974 version of Lou Reed’s ‘Perfect Day’. Star Club West exist in the twilight zone that lies somewhere between evening and night, an all too brief period of time that brings with it a sensation of tranquillity and calm’ by TJ Hatton for Kinda Music Meanwhile, their second album – Oh dry blue menthol – is ready.

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  • Machiventa

    New album We Are Open is awesome! Found out about these guys through The Go Find's blog. Kind of similar to them in a way. Love em.

    1 Feb 2009 Reply
  • slidapoelie

    Effenaf Zoaleg!

    30 Jan 2009 Reply

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