DRONING EARTH VOL59
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6th May, Monday (1:04am) Reblog ↬
I’ve been doing Tangerine Stars for over four years now, since May-June 2008 and there’s been some genre hopping. When I started, I was just strumming my acoustic guitar and my goal was to have a shoegaze band.
About a year later I move in with Chris (for the first of two times) and we start playing under the Tangerine Stars name. The timing was perfect because our drummer, Matt, of our other band, Tropical Punks, was spending his summer in Hawaii. We played 3 shows in a months time without him. I filled in on drums which bring our band, Tropical Punks, back to its original lineup. Once those shows concluded, we kinda switched instruments and started playing and writing Tangerine Stars material. Those were fun times. The songs weren’t great or anything but it was fun times. We wrote six songs under Tangerine Stars. There was some noise rock influence, but to this day I don’t know what label I could have used to describe those tracks besides ‘rock.’
We took a break when Matt came back and focused on Tropical Punks. We were supposed to record an album when he got back. We tried to but never got finished. I’m kinda glad we didn’t finish because it was our first time using a digital 8-track recorder that would be Chris and mine’s in about a year and a half from this point in time and we didn’t know what we were doing.
November 2009 - May 2010
About a month after this we started focusing on Tangerine Stars again and I wrote three tracks in an alternate tuning that could give me a droney noise rock sound sound. Chris even contributed a song. We took our time with these tracks and demoed them before we recorded them. The result was the Throwback ep which I still have most copies of. My girlfriend and I bought felt and she made sleeves for them. They turned out awesome and in time for our 2nd Tangerine Stars show ever. We sold like one copy and gave one away that night. I’m glad we played when we did because the venue we played at, Music @ the mall, closed its doors less then two months after that. I still miss that place like crazy.
May 2010 - September 2010
After recording Throwback I struggled to come up with new material and eventually I moved outta Chris’ place and into a camper. NO it wasn’t ideal but I wanted outta his place for awhile. That effectively ended Tangerine Stars as a duo. Even to this day we rarely practice together. Around the time I moved, I started getting into groups like Throbbing Gristle, This Heat, Liars, Pocahaunted, Robedoor. This resulted in the ‘demos 2010’ album. It’s the most popular Tangerine Stars release ever. I have to agree, I did have some good tracks on there.
September 2010 - Feb 2011
After my stint living alone, I was forced to move in with my mom two hours away. This was the least productive period in Tangerine Stars history. I came up with some new tracks that were electronic influenced. I discovered Aphex Twin, Autechre, Massive Attack, Portishead, Boards of Canada at this time. Looking back those tracks were horrible but I was going through a rough time in my life and creating music was hard.
March 2011- Present
I moved back in with Chris where I still am today. This is when Tangerine Stars as we know it takes shape. We start to practice again with Tangerine Stars and Tropical Punks but other than a Tangerine Stars show the day after my birthday (with material Chris wrote) and a Tropical Punks show a few weeks after coming back to town (that was my first and currently last out of town show), we were all pretty inactive with each other musically. A job I had at the time paid for my reverb pedal and I start to work on From the perspective of the disappearer music. I recorded ‘Perinnial Peripherals’ around a year ago. I did go through another period of writers block from November 2011 to March 2012. I started to come up with a ton of tracks afterwards. Evenually I got in touch with an artist who went by the name of death.by.design and we put out a split record which ended up on the netlabel chipdipdrops. two weeks later I recorded and released Tangerine Stars first official album, Norman also on chipdipdrops. I did have more writes block after Norman but now I’m currently working on a follow up called Cult Ambient, which I’ll elaborate on another post.
25th October, Thursday (3:17pm) Reblog ↬