Signed to Big Life Records, STARE were tipped alongside THE VERVE to be "2 for '92". Also in that year they played live on Radio 1 as part of the Norwich Sound City broadcasts, were Hit Listed by Radio 1 and appeared on the ITV Chart Show, MTV & VH1.
Stare released their debut 'STARE' EP on Fusebox Records (Big Life) in 1991. This was followed by the 'WORK' EP in 1992. Later that year they released the 'MOOD' EP. As recession hit, STARE were dropped by Big Life and finally split in 1993.
The previously unreleased album 'The Luxury of Anger' was finally released in May 2012 and to promote this Stare reformed and played a show at Norwich's Waterfront venue on 19th April 2012.
This featured original band members Rich, Bruno and Karl with new drummer Paul Youngs.
1992: The pop world was in one of those transitional periods. Madchester was waning from the left hook, Grunge had dealt out and Britpop was just around the corner. Norwich had been crowned the BBC’s Sound City for the year and the industry was still looking rosy…ish.
Gary Crowley had received a demo tape from a band called Stare based in the Norfolk nook of Gorleston for his ‘Demo Clash’ slot, in which people voted on the best demo tracks of the week. Stare’s eponymous track Stare won 4 weeks in a row. From here on in the phone of Bruno Brown the band’s guitarist didn’t stop ringing.
The band took the plunge with Big Life records and the rest as they say is history, although in this case one of those frustrating ones. Guitarist Brown points out ‘At the time of recording we poured our hearts into these tracks firmly believing they really stood out against the current (at that time) crop of bands. Big Life were great but the fiasco of the first single meant we were chasing the game from there on in.” Within several weeks of its release the song ‘Stare’ was hitlisted for 2 weeks on Radio 1 getting regular daytime plays, after the video had been shown on ITV’s chart show, MTV and VH1. This took everyone by surprise, as the release was originally intended to be a ‘low key’ affair and the band were to ‘work’ the record through gigging. Unfortunately ‘ the machine’ was not in place to support the release and the level of exposure it was receiving. Demand was such that promotional copies of the single were sent to shops for sale; being promotional copies these didn’t need to contain the barcode that would have confirmed that STARE had in fact broken into the charts and therefore would also have been able to take full advantage of a Top of the Pops appearance.
The band has no gripes about their long history in the music game, they only wish people had gotten to hear this album back in 1992. With this in mind the band has now reformed and the album “ The Luxury of Anger” has now been finally released on Eastzone Records.
The one thing you will find fascinating about the Richard Hammerton and 'Bruno' Brown writing partnership of Stare is that this wasn’t their first time in the spot light. The guys had been in three previously successful bands. This limited edition CD not only brings you their much awaited debut album as Stare but the best of all their previous bands: from Richard Skinner’s favourites The Needles, to John Peel’s pushing of Redstar Belgrade and finally being interviewed by Simon Mayo for his first job on Radio 1 when the band were in The War Party as regional winners of Bill Wyman’s AIMs project.