Stars have dropped their new single “Capelton Hill,” the title-track off their forthcoming release out May 27th via Last Gang Records /MNRK. The track arrives alongside a full band live performance video recently filmed in Montreal’s Zoomer studio and directed by Darren Curtis. “This song sounds like an ending. And maybe it is,” explains vocalist Torquil Cambell. “It’s certainly a moment of looking back; at what we’ve done together, and what we’ve lost along the way. It focuses on this band’s enduring obsession: loss. The cost of loving somewhere or someone is the fact that you lose them. The last two years have taught us all a lot about loss; loss of loved ones, of time, of memories, of simple pleasures. That loss hurts. We’re all hurt, and there is no way around it, you can only go through it. Whether you’re ten or fifty, things change. But on Capelton Hill, maybe things can stay the same. For just one more year.”
Stars today also announced a headlining fall U.S. tour that begins with a show at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall, and sees the band playing throughout the midwest and southwest. Additional European dates throughout 2023 have also been announced. Before then, the band will embark on a summer headlining West Coast tour kicking off in Vancouver, Canada on June 4th that includes two June shows at LA’s The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever.
From Capelton Hill, Stars’ ninth album and follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light, was composed between Seligman and Cranley over the first half of 2020. After a first attempt to assemble the record remotely with mixed results, the band convened in Montreal to record with Marcus Paquin and Jace Lasek (The Besnard Lakes) at Studio MixArts, Lasek’s Breakglass Studio, and the band’s own space, Zoomer. McGee says once they finally gathered in a room together, everything clicked—first as friends, then as a working band.
“What I love about the album,” Amy Millan reflects, “is that we’re chasing the truth of the matter rather than chasing a hook. We’re just telling the truth.”
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