In late 2003 San Francisco label Praemedia released the second record by the Brooklyn-based band (self-described ‘electroacoustic, comprovised free-folk torch-song collective’), Stars Like Fleas: Sun lights down on the fence. This record has been crawling its way out of the wilderness and into cultish acclaim ever since. Sun lights down on the fence, nearly two years in the making, includes members/ex-members of OutHud, Other Dimensions in Music, TEST, No Neck Blues Band, Papa M, Gold Sparkle Band, Little Huey Orchestra, At The Drive-In, Fiery Furnaces, The Silent League, Super Furry Animals and Mercury Rev, and features original cover art by Marcel Dzama. Stars Like Fleas was formed by Brooklyn musician/composer Shannon Fields and the Austin, TX singer and video artist, Montgomery Knott in the winter of 1998.

The group has recently performed with Sagan, Blevin Belctum, Hrvatski, Black Lights (Kyp Malone of TV On The Radio) and Akron/Family. Currently Stars Like Fleas are in the studio at Rare Book Room with Nicolas Vernhes (Animal Collective, Fiery Furnaces, Cat Power, Black Dice) working on a follow-up to Sun lights down on the fence, and plans to re-release their first record – which was mixed and mastered with Adam Wiltzie (Dead Texan, Stars Of The Lid) and Kramer (Galaxie 500, Low) in 2000 – sometime in the late spring, 2005.

Edited by mr_weed on 26 Jun 2006, 00:10

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