“California is a loaded gun, and my city’s got its finger on the trigger”
Taking the stage of the Satellite a few Wednesday's back, Emerson Star spent not a breath on introduction before charging head-on into their set. Just as heads begin to bob, Shannon, the western shirt-clad frontman, steps to the mic and croons his way through “Let it Burn,” the title track of their latest release.
It’s a pretty full crowd at one of Silverlake’s more prominent music venues but the boys are calm and composed. It’s no wonder the band of LA natives (one bay area representative) loves playing in this city. Fans and friends gathered rightly around the stage, more than a few diehards singing along.
With exception to a few new numbers, they play most of the tracks off this summer’s album. Bolstered by a hardworking rhythm section, Let It Burn’s melodies amble, with surprising grace, through melancholic fog and pitch perfect backup vocals. It’s exciting to see the band grow so comfortably into their new indie-rock arrangements. It’s a real rockin’ record, with “Since Forever”, “Just Like Nothing”, and “California Time” standing out.
Emerson Star has come a long way from the three-piece folk ensemble that released “Pot Shots” as a 7” last summer. The addition of Colin and Garrett on drums and bass respectively just one facet of Emerson Star’s growth over the past year, but the band is content to remain patient, taking their time so as not to burn out like so many bands before them. That being said, with shows at the Satellite, the Bootleg, studio recording, and releasing—just this month—its fair to say Emerson Star is set to pick up steam this new year. The band is stoked to be doing what the love in a city they love and having so much success at it. Borrowing the phrase: “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere”, Emerson admit they even try to make it elsewhere.
Let It Burn, available through the group’s bandcamp, is full of songs about friends, booze, the beach, and other common Los Angelean themes. Keep an eye open for new music from this now in demand group as well as some shows in the new year around the LA area.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Thomas Williams grew up in a town where it’s weird if your hair isn’t salty or if you wear shoes all the time. A writer by trade, his days are filled exploring his passions for art, music, and literature. Education and aspiration brought him to Los Angeles and back but it’s his vagrant’s strain that keeps him discovering his surroundings and himself in the city or not.
Thomas is as at home on the surf-washed sand on the beach, in the musk of antique stores and flea-markets, or under the neon glow of dive bars and hole-in-the-wall venues. With a a love of the unexpected and the occasionally raw, Thomas is is eager to share with you a slice of his “Golden State of Mind”