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“My next night out I headed up to Tubby’s for StarChild opening for Badd Seed. StarChild is really spreading out and getting a lot of gigs in the area. StarChild was originally a KISS triubte band, but they are now focusing on their very own rockin’ originals that have definitely been inspired by some of the best rock heroes out there! Tubby’s is a big room and when I got there StarChild was already on stage, but I heard someone sitting at the bar say, “Are they playing KISS?!?” He immediately grabbed his beer, got up and went to get a closer look. They are definitely out there playing your favorites. Get out there and see them soon, you won’t be disappointed.”
“KISS is the primary passion of StarChild singer and guitarist Jerry Martin; not only does he sing '70s-period KISS favorites, but he pens original songs that sound like outtakes from the KISS "Love Gun" and "Destroyer" albums! Jerry, [and the rest of the band], performed abundant KISS classics... StarChild mixed in other flavors as well, with Sharon (Starr) singing lead on songs from Joan Jett, and the group also performing numbers from Poison, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick and more. The group also welcomed their newest addition, guitarist X Bomb, to the stage to show his axeslinging credentials on Motley Crue's "Same Ol' Situation." StarChild provided nonstop music the entire night, with Jerry performing acoustic songs during set breaks. StarChild has begun work on their new CD, "Volume 3"; watch for their hard-rocking show on stages throughout central PA.”
“The following weekend I headed out to Johnny Joe’s in Mechanicsburg for StarChild… Wow! I was impressed! StarChild is only a three piece band that can pull off KISS flawlessly. I guess they are looking for a second guitar player, but they really don’t need it. I got there just in time for Jerry’s special acoustic version of, I believe, Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” It game some time for the slow dancers to take the dance floor and his other two band members to take a little break. They played a 2 hour set with no break except that one! They made sure their crowd didn’t go anywhere, it only got bigger! They play not only every KISS song you can think of, but also all of your other rockin’ 80s favorites! They also have plenty of their own originals, definitely influenced from the 80s metal. I’m so glad I finally had the time to check out StarChild, and hopefully our paths will cross again soon!”
“On their second set, “Volume II,” StarChild again proudly displays their KISS influence with more KISS-rooted original songs and updates of KISS classics, but they also include some surprises on the disc’s eleven tracks. The voice and presentation of singer, guitarist and ringleader Jerry Martin again could convince listeners that he is the long-lost and forgotten brother of KISS’ Paul Stanley. And Martin’s knack for emulating ‘70s era KISS strongly informs his songcraft on original KISS-like anthems… StarChild sinks full heart and passion into the songs on “Volume II,” and there is never any doubt that this group loves KISS and their influence. Martin’s vocals are enthusiastic, and his delivery is spirited and in the moment, not contrived or forced… StarChild leaves no doubt about what band they pay homage to on “Volume II”; but by stepping outside their KISS-like persona for a few songs, they show that they are not just a one-trick pony.”
“Started as a KISS tribute act, StarChild convincingly captures the KISS sound and vibe over the disc’s ten songs and two bonus tracks as they mix KISS-flavored original songs with some select KISS remakes… Jerry Martin emulates the “Starchild” himself, convincingly channeling Paul Stanley’s vocal style and cadence throughout… StarChild’s original rock anthems… sound like they could have come from KISS’ ‘70s demo sessions; each with catchy melodies and anthemic, fist-pumping choruses… But the imitation is not hollow; Martin’s and StarChild’s performances sound impassioned and enthusiastic; the effort of a group totally sinking heart and soul into what they are doing… Volume I sounds gritty and raw, just like the early KISS recordings. Boldly wearing their musical hearts on their sleeves, StarChild’s emulation of KISS on Volume I serves as both sincere tribute and inspired artistry, as they replicate and create music with KISS as their medium. A fascinating”