Stardeath And White Dwarfs
Stardeath and White Dwarfs is an experimental rock band from Norman, Oklahoma, formed in late 2004. The band has released one album and an EP, as well as contributing to The Flaming Lips' 2009 Pink Floyd remake The Dark Side of the Moon.
The band consists of Dennis Coyne, Casey Joseph, Matt Duckworth and James Young. Lead singer Coyne is the nephew of Flaming Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne.
They released the "Stardeath and White Dwarfs" EP in 2005. They released their first full-length album, entitled The Birth, on vinyl (with digital download) on May 19, 2009 and on CD on June 9, 2009, on Warner Brothers.
Exclusive Magazine recently chatted with Dennis Coyne and discussed the new album, Drew Barrymore, '80s hits, ... and, of course, his thoughts on Penguins!
Taking it from the top and what were your musical influences growing up and how many still factor into your music today? "It's no secret that one of my main influences has always been the Flaming Lips, as far back as I can remember their music has always been important to me. Some of the others would be led, Pink Floyd, Yes, and Sabbath. Also I was always drawn to rap artists like Outkast, Notorious Big, and a lot of the early west coast stuff."
For the Average Joe who may not have heard your music before, and was thinking of buying your debut album 'The Birth,' how would you describe the band’s sound? "Loud, Loud, and smells like pot!"
I’ve read that the album was four years in the making. Did it ever feel like this album was never going to get made and how were you able to keep your sound consistent over such a length of time? "Well when you say four years in the making, it doesn't mean four years of constantly working on a deadline. We were just making music while the rest of our lives where going on."
Tell us more about your new CD, 'The Birth' and does it tell a story. And why that particular album title in general? "It encompasses all the music that our band has been working on our whole lives. It being our first release, it seemed only fitting to call it The Birth."
'I Can’t Get Away' was my favorite track on the album and featured a lot of layers of music. How do you incorporate so many layers without the tune falling apart? "We don't really know what makes a tune fall or not fall apart. We just keep adding things until we get what we want out of it."
Indeed, how easy (or hard) is it to create a new, vibrant, wanted-by-the-public sound that both builds on and surpasses the musical wonderment's/accomplishments that preceded it within the industry? "I don't think it can be described as easy or hard but more as lucky and unlucky. When we make our songs it's hard to tell if it's something people are gonna like or not like, but all you can do is get it to where you like it."
During my research I kept seeing articles that mention how your song 'New Heat' was Drew Barrymore’s new favorite song. How does it feel to have such an endorsement and do you think it will have much
of an impact on gaining new fans? "Who's Drew Barrymore!?"
Having Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips) as an uncle I’m sure helped give you guys a lot of insight and opportunities into the industry. What was the best advice uncle Wayne has given the band in regards to making it in the industry? "Well the one thing that we have taken from Wayne and being around the Lips the most is their work ethic. Just the fact that I have held their music as always being great and I always thought that a band that has such great songs wouldn't have to work as hard as they work to be succesful. But then when you get around them you start to realize that to be succesfull at anything in your life, it just takes a tremendous amount of work."
Do you ever get tired of being compared to The Flaming Lips? "No, not at all, because first of all we love the Flaming Lips, and second of all comparisons are always going to be there no matter what happens, like it or not."
If asked to record one for charity, what '80s (and possibly cheesy!) pop/rock song would you love to cover today ... and why?! "We just did a cover with the Flaming Lips of Madonna's 'Borderline,' because we've always loved that song. It seems like a very upbeat happy song, but, when you really listen to it it's much more desperate and meloncoly; and those are the songs that I have always been drawn to the most. The end."
Lastly, and throwing you a journalistic curve ball, Exclusive Magazine love Penguins ... do you?! "Yes, my family is originally from Pittsburg, home of the Pittsburg team, the penguins, so what's not to like!"
To learn more about Stardeath And White Dwarfs’s music, check out their personal website and Myspace page.
Interview: Ken Tebo
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