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Folkstar / Press

““It Gets Better" takes on teen bullying. Inspired by the It Gets Better Project, the song works patiently with a lilting guitar line and vocals taking their time before lifting off. It’s a hearty pop tune without bombast, the kind of catchy song Jimmy Eat World or K’s Choice are known for. “It Gets Better” is an example of the sing-songy, intimate sounding material Folkstar loads “Loud and Clear” with, be it the sunny “Something New” or “Could You Be.””

“Cag’s guitar playing erupts, think Crazy Horse, in a wailing, out of control burst of energy. It’s short and sweet, nicely done for effect and not for showing off. Thankfully, it happens a few times throughout “Loud and Clear,” lending the notion that in another life Cag would be in a Northwest rock band deafening crowds. This energy shows up again on one of the album’s three bonus tracks – “Natural High.” The song is Veruca Salt meets Kiss as a down and dirty conflagration of tempered riffs and gritty, punching rhythms layered with Dicso’s take-no-prisoners vocals. The marriage of Dicso’s rich and often sugary vocals maintains an engaging stance against Cag’s varied guitar work.”

“Unbeknownst to the pair, it would be Sue’s rock influences that would be fundamental in their work. Her influences, including an array of musicians from Bryan Adams to Metallica to Paramore, gave the band a direction that differed from typical indie rock. “The major change for us came along when I heard Kim’s folk driven originals. I heard complete musical arrangements that took the songs to the next level, adding to their essence, and also rocked up a bit,” explains Sue. The band showcases a level of energy that feels very organic. The smooth combination of cool West Coast rock combined with a foundation of folk songwriting is evident from the very beginning. “Cards and Letters” opens with the latter, while “After All” relies more heavily on the former. Emotional Bootcamp is an exhibition of heartbreak listeners can relate to, particularly as the progression of the album leads to a quiet conclusion as the pair recalls the dissolution of their former relationships.”

“Folkstar is an upbeat folk act that combines the stylings of Tom Petty and Sarah McLachlan with amazing originality. Their debut album Emotional Bootcamp takes you on a ride worth experiencing. Words can not express the talent and beauty of this album. Folkstar's live performances are even better. After performing at two of NC Local Music's benefits for Interact of Wake County and many other amazing events, we at NC Local Music are proud to call Folkstar part of our family. So go ahead and strap those boots on, sign up for Emotional Bootcamp, and let Folkstar be your guide.”

“Emotional Bootcamp, the debut album by Folkstar, is an exhibit of folk rock that is reminiscent of Ani Difranco and Tegan and Sara. It isn’t very often that a band will emerge with a sound that is carefully crafted – heavy on the folk and rock sounds, subtle in maintaining its Southern roots. The latter is due in part to the two women who make up Folkstar – Sue, who moved to Wilmington, N.C. in 2009 from the West Coast and Kim, who has lived in the city since 2004. In creating Emotional Bootcamp, it was clear that their experiences would drive every facet of the album, particularly the title. According to Sue, “We were both going through break-ups and it was a very difficult time. As a result, we poured ourselves completely into writing and recording. The title came when we were sitting around talking about how difficult things were at the time, and Kim said ‘It’s like emotional bootcamp.’ We both sort of went ‘Ooooh, album title!’”

“Featuring well-known local singer Kim Dicso, Folkstar plays acoustic folk that’s affixed to a pop music methodology. Dicso’s voice is soaring with a lot of heat underneath it.”

“Emotional Bootcamp, the debut album by Folkstar, is an exhibit of folk rock that is reminiscent of Ani Difranco and Tegan and Sara... The band showcases a level of energy that feels very organic, [a] smooth combination of cool West Coast rock combined with a foundation of folk songwriting.”