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Phoenix-based hard-rock powerhouse Staren Black plays charged music overflowing with driving rhythms, intricate guitar melodies and vivid vocals. Comprised of Frank Black (guitar), Aaron Staves (drums), Rod Reasner (bass) and E.J. (vocals), the band’s sophisticated original songs present songwriter/lyricist/arranger Black’s clever observations about the world and tell tales of rebellion, passion and the on-going human struggle. The four-piece’s sizzling chemistry and commitment to delivering electrifying, fun-filled live shows and polished recordings lush with inventive guitar solos and heart-stopping grooves allow members to forge intense connections with their audiences and exhibits their influence by hypnotic entertainers such as Megadeth, Judas Priest, Frank Zappa, Genesis, Daft Punk and AC/DC.
Bandleader Black envisioned Staren Black after he wrote a collection of four songs and enlisted the help of skilled local studio musicians to record an EP as a way to attract other artists who wanted to be full-time collaborators on the project. The Cause of the Effect was released in 2010 and attracted the attention of three other talented players that now round out the quartet. Staren Black’s penetrating, complex sound is the blend of Black’s natural gift for instrumental arrangement and harmonies, lead singer E.J.’s command at raw vocal storytelling, Reasner’s fierce, expressive bass playing and Stave’s skill at building a solid rhythmic backbone.
Staren Black continues to perform regularly throughout the Southwest and is working on its debut full-length album. City of the Dead features 10 emotionally-honest tracks about the human fascination with conforming to society and looks into the secret lives of those living outside the mainstream. The LP was produced by Ralph Patlan (Megadeth, Brian “Head” Welch, Michael Schenker) and will be released in 2014.