Under The Radar: Starz

Published on 16 June 2021 at 11:09

The first time I remember hearing Starz was in December 2011, when my dad was playing his CD copy of Violation. I remember hearing one song and I asked him who it was, and for some reason a little bit of time passed before I properly checked them out.

Somehow, that wasn’t until about May 2012. I’m not sure why, but I know that I listened to singular songs and once I had heard Coliseum Rock in full, it astounded me that I only listened to different songs instead of listening to their albums in full.

Starz plays a role in my iconic music taste expansion story where, one day, I listened to both “Coliseum Rock” and “What We Saw From The Cheap Seats” by Regina Spektor and it caused me to realize that I didn’t have to only listen to one musical genre.

There were no limits, and now that I’m older, I realize that there never was.

What this experience showed me was that I could listen to a rock album and a singer-songwriter album and I could like both, my brain wasn’t capable of only loving one kind of music. I became very open minded with music because of this.

As time passed, I had a phase with each of their albums and I know them all from front to back!! I've always loved Starz because they were among the first great bands I got into my teenage years.

All I really listened to when I was a teenager was Queen, Starz, Angel, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Ting Tings. When I got into record collecting, I got into even more music and I have so many great records in my collection.

To me, Starz is great because there’s so many things that make Starz cool. These things are what made them stand out from other rock bands of that time period. They aren't your average rock band. They are 5 unique musicians that made music that was truly original. It's very easy to conform, but I love Starz because they didn't conform. They were different, but that's why they stand out.

Starz is one of many bands that prove that being different is cool.

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