Oklahoma City psych/prog/experimental pop quartet STARDEATH AND WHITE DWARFS have signed to Warner Bros. Records. After spending the last few years traversing the galaxy as the road crew for fellow Oklahomans The Flaming Lips, these four young men have gained a collective lifetime’s worth of knowledge and experience while inadvertently inhaling enough helium and confetti to power a free-floating circus of their own.
As a result of this kind of incubated gestation, a strange yet melodically intoxicating band has emerged. We’d like you to meet STARDEATH AND WHITE DWARFS, and they’d really like to meet you. STARDEATH AND WHITE DWARFS have toured with Deerhoof, British Sea Power, Band of Horses, and, of course, The Lips.
They’ve independently released a six-song EP, “That’s Cool,” in 2005, followed by a 7″ single in the UK, “Toast & Marmalade For Tea” / “Chemical,” on Half Machine Records in 2008. Both feature cover art by Wayne Coyne. SDWD are now sprinkling the final magic dust on their first full-length album, THE BIRTH, recorded with local Oklahoma studio whiz Trent Bell. It’s scheduled to collide with earth in 12″ vinyl form, with download card for redemption of the full album, on May 19th. The glistening satellite CD and all digital retail forms impact the Solar System on June 2nd.
Fresh news for collectors: National Record Store Day is April 18th (one of the most important holidays on the calendar), and to celebrate, STARDEATH AND WHITE DWARFS have joined forces with their employers The Flaming Lips to record a version of the Madonna classic, “Borderline,” backed by The Black Keys’ take on Captain Beefheart’s “Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles.” Both tracks are taken from the forthcoming WBR 50th Anniversary compilation COVERED: A REVOLUTION IN SOUND, out March 10th. Wayne Coyne has directed a pretty great performance-based video for “Borderline,” and will become available exclusively through Amazon.com beginning Mar 10.
Now armed with a brand-new, freshly minted Warner Bros. Records 7″ single on yellow vinyl, “I Can’t Get Away” / “The Birth,” SDWD are ready to hit the road with the singular commitment and clear understanding of what it means to engage an audience in their live experience. Once you’ve seen them, you won’t forget them. “I Can’t Get Away” / “The Birth” tracks will also be available digitally via iTunes on March 17th, and through all other participating digital retailers on March 24th. Here now, in their own words, is their story:
STARDEATH AND WHITE DWARFS have a split personality. One-half Oklahoma stoners with nothing to do but roll joints on their King Crimson record sleeves, and one-half tireless roadies/confetti launchers/space bubble technicians for their psychedelic brethren and rock’n’roll superstars The Flaming Lips. Somehow over the past couple of years, SDWD has found a way to live a freak-out, roller-coaster ride, smashing the real world into a fantasy land of psychedelia. SDWD’s forthcoming debut record is titled THE BIRTH with good reason, as it has been known to induce labor in rare cases, in which babies are said to have been born in a mist of pink smoke. In the meantime, here’s a taste of what’s to come in the form of the debut Warner Bros. Records single “I Can’t Get Away” / “The Birth.”
So, sit down, and turn it up loud, for a mind-trip of emotion and mood, recalling everything from “upper” dance freak-outs, to “downer” Floyd-esque anthems. SDWD has also learned a thing or two about a live show during their years on the road with The Lips, packing a Super Nova of lights, smoke, and riffs into any given bar, club, or arena. The feeling can only be described as insanity, always on the verge of exploding into calamity, but held together by unmatched musicianship and a love of all things psychedelic.
Thur March 12 Lawrence, KS Replay Lounge
Fri March 13 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
Sat March 14 Boulder, CO B Side Lounge
Sun March 15 Albuquerque, NM El Rey Theater
Mon March 16 Tulsa, OK Bob’s (inside Cain’s Ballroom)
Tue March 17 Houston, TX Rudyard’s
Wed March 18 Dallas, TX The Loft
Thur March 19 TBA
Fri March 20 Austin, TX Music Hall (w/ Devo) SXSW
Sat March 21 Austin, TX SXSW
Fri April 10 Omaha, NE Slowdown
Sat April 11 St. Paul, MN Turf Club
Mon April 13 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern
Tue April 14 Pontiac, MI Pike Room
Wed April 15 Columbus, OH Circus
Thur April 16 Newport, KY Southgate House
Fri April 17 Bloomington, IN Bear’s Place
Sat April 18 TBA
Sat April 25 Norman, OK Norman Music Festival
For further information regarding STARDEATH AND WHITE DWARFS contact Warner Bros. Records Publicity:
National: Rick Gershon 818-953-3473 / mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional Tracy Giang 818-953-3211 / mailto:email@example.com
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