Emerson Star – “Armchair”
A Spill Exclusive Canadian Music Premiere
Sometimes all you need is a simple guitar line and a moody melody. Other times you need dissonant three-part harmonies over tantric rhythms and heavy lead guitar fuzz. And once in a while you just need a shot of whiskey and some pickle juice. Well, these happen to be a few of Emerson Star’s favorite things. Based in Los Angeles, Emerson Star began as a three piece acoustic group consisting of two brothers (Shannon and Taylor Inouye) and one childhood friend (Sean Thomas). Having grown up singing together in various school choirs, it was only natural for the trio to start writing together, with a focus on harmony-heavy indie tunes with a pop sensibility. Craving more of a rhythm element, Emerson Star added childhood friend Garret Lang into the mix. A staple bassist in the Los Angeles and New York jazz scene, Garret agreed to participate in the lowly form of art known as Rock N Roll. It was during a magically intuitive late night jam with Garret’s friend from Oakland that Emerson Star found their drummer. If you were on a soul searching peyote quest in the Sierra Nevada, you would want Colin Fahrner as your spirit animal. Firshir. The band’s selftitled 7″ was released through Bellwether Record Company. Their debut full-length album “Let It Burn”, received praise from the likes of Indie Shuffle, Alternative Nation, and Hiibye. Now, they’ve got an EP in the works. The boys are playing shows all over Los Angeles. You might catch them at the Bootleg Theater, Harvard & Stone, The Satellite, El Cid, or Los Globos, just to name a few. And for those of you outside of Los Angeles, hang tight, Emerson Star will be there soon.
“Recorded live in the studio with an accompanying music video, [Please Sister] really highlights the raw, honest sound that Emerson Star is all about, as they effortlessly glide through sweet vocal harmonies over folk and classic rock tinged instrumentation, reminiscent of bands like Grizzly Bear and Local Natives.”
I’ve always had a slight obsession with going back to places that once meant a lot to me. There’s a certain kind of powerful nostalgia in a room you once shared with someone who is now gone. You feel like a ghost standing there watching the past. Going back like this can be painful but also alluring, especially for a songwriter. ~ Shannon
Release Date: August 5, 2016