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Since forming in Chicago in 1993, Star Period Star (*.*) has been crafting its unique blend of progressive, experimental, post, and pop rock. As the name *.* implies, the band covers the waterfront, not afraid of taking chances with unconventional song structures, and not shying away from a catchy melody either. Their music ranges from heavy to light, simple to complex, major-key inspired happiness to explorations into microtonality. However, you won’t hear a lot of jams in 4/4 from these folks. Some things that appear simple or even sound like mistakes may disguise layers of tightly arranged complexity. After releasing three 7” records on colored vinyl, one improv CD, and two studio CDs, Star Period Star was no more. Then after relocating to Savannah, Georgia, founding member Dan Sweigert reformed the band in 2013. Star Period Star then released its third studio album Can’t See the Forest in 2014 and began playing a series of shows in the Savannah area. This new lineup of the band features Pat Hamilton (Sinister Moustache) on keyboards, guitars, percussion and vocals, Greg Stark (Sinister Moustache) on bass and vocals, Corey Gronner (Elephant Talk) on drums, and Dan Sweigert on guitars, toys, and vocals. Star Period Star is embarking on a 10 state tour this spring playing mostly new material and a couple selections from the earlier albums. With a sound which fuses the nerves of New Wave, the hooks of classic pop, and the heady trickery of Progressive Rock, Dachshund’s music can be hard to describe in a few words, or with a short list of influences. We’ve been passingly compared to Radiohead, Hum, David Bowie, Helmet, King’s X, Steely Dan, and Incubus. Our music has been called unexpected, inspired, and fun. “We just write the kinds of songs we’d like to hear,” says Ryan Dannar, who plays guitar, sings, and writes half of the band’s material. “We try to make thoughtful, heartfelt music that comes from somewhere real.” Dannar contrasts Dachshund’s music-first methodology with that of more commercially-minded bands. “There are a lot of bands who treat their music like product,” he says. “When I listen to what’s on the modern rock and pop stations, that’s almost all I hear. There’s very little of anything genuine going on there. It’s just the sound of people trying to make money by copying a sound that has proven to make money in the past. They’re thinking more about how to sell a product than making any kind of artistic statement. And that attitude affects smaller bands, too. It’s contageous. It creates a culture where unoriginality is prized over genuine expression, where people are afraid to think outside the box or come up with anything new. So, maybe it sounds pretentious or too idealistic, but we just want our music to be an antidote to all of that.”
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Sounds Like: Radiohead, PIXIES, Steely Dan, David Bowie (Official), Incubus
Bio: Like the animal we’re named after, Dachshund is a strange but appealing breed. Our music borrows in equal measure from New Wave, Punk, Classic Pop, and Progressive Rock, resulting in songs which blur genre lines and challenge listener expectations.
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“This is a phenomenal self-made debut from a Tulsa band that has yet to make much of dent outside of Oklahoma and Arkansas. What a shame that is because these guys certainly have the goods. From the riff-heavy album opener "Hills to Climb" to the surprising and psychedelic folk of the title track (which hearkens back to the quieter moments of Ronald Jones-era Lips), the first *side,* in the old parlance, of this short-form album demonstrates tight musicianship, excellent production work, and nothing short of lyrical genius, especially on the deliciously dark "Illegitimate One," a wild west tale of fatherhood gone horribly wrong--not for the faint of heart. But moodiness is not what Dachshund is all about. Rather, the band traffics in an honest and intelligent exploration of emotions, relationships, and stories that offer resonance for all of us, but for which rock bands seldom seem brave enough to dip so much as a toe into.”