Certain Stars is an indie rock band from Milwaukee. Since 2004 they have made skilled power pop nods to Big Star, Guided By Voices and continue to write, record and release original music in partnership with Cuba Libre Records.
Band members Greg Hein (drums), Chris Voss (guitar), and brothers Kyle (bass) and Chris Hernandez (guitar), all take on songwriting and vocal duties; blending their unique writing styles into a cohesive rock sound. The band has released a 7" vinyl single, and three CDs, most recently 2012's full-length "The Great Destroyer". Clocking in at 11 songs under 38 minutes, The Great Destroyer mixes powerpop hooks with big rock reverb, in tales of disaffected romance and woe. Recorded at HOWL Street Studios in Milwaukee, the album is a big step forward for the band, as electric guitars give way to touches of piano, trumpet, acoustic guitar and layered vocal harmonies.
But the best way to hear a Certain Stars song is live. The band thrives on giving energetic, driving rock 'n' roll shows, never "phoning it in". As guests of the annual memorial Alex Chilton Birthday Bash at Chicago's Empty Bottle, their tight 3-song set of Big Star covers drew the accolade "You guys got off the stage before you even got on!" A high compliment to Certain Stars' well-rehearsed live shows, which blend their catchy original songs with covers from the likes of their heroes the Ramones, the Troggs, Badfinger, and others who perfected the 2-3 minute pop song and delivered it with an attitude.
Certain Stars' music can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, and many other digitial music websites. Their unique brand of indie rock 'n' roll is also matched by their merch table, where they sell hand screen printed t-shirts, posters, bags, as well as CDs, pins and stickers. Never standing still, the band continues to write new material and test it out onstage. Catch them live or on the Web, Certain Stars remains a band to follow.