The Glowing Stars

We are an 8-bit indie rock band based in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA.

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It takes a lot of effort for us to put together a good cover, and we enjoyed sharing our cover of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” on our Quest Coast tour (and recording it for our special edition release of Anything Past That).

We’re planning on retiring this particular cover after we play it at the Convergence Festival in Japantown on September 4, so for a very limited time (ONE DAY!) we’ll be making the recording a FREE DOWNLOAD on our Bandcamp page! Be sure to join our mailing list (on the right sidebar) and follow us onTwitter and Facebook to get the link! We’ll release it closer to Convergence.

AJAPOPFILMS released two videos this weekend of our live set at PulsewaveSF, which launched July 7, 2011. This was our homecoming show, EP release show, and very first PulsewaveSF all in one! The first video is of our first song of the set, “Epilogue.” We even had a pretty bad-ass opening video, also by AJAPOPFILMS, highlighting the shows of our Quest Coast Tour. Check it out!

The second video is of our song, “I Know Now.” But this isn’t your ordinary “I Know Now.” We had Dustin Smurthwaite of Ladies & Gentlemen and Uiliami Fihaki join us on trombone. It was really cool! Matt Payne even knocks the camera with his drum stick at 2:49.

We can’t say enough how truly amazing this night was. Stay tuned for announcements on our next show! In the meantime, Lizzie will be working withcrashfaster for a couple of shows, as well as recording some vocals for Wizwars.

Photo by AJAPOPFILMS

That’s it. Tour’s over. We’re both happy and sad that our Quest Coast Tour withcrashfaster has come to an end. Though, we did close it pretty epically with our homecoming show at PulsewaveSF at DNA Lounge. Our good friends Awkward Terriblejoined us for this show, as well as starpause and Bit Shifter. Thanks to all who came out to this truly special event! We had an awesome opening video by AJAPOPFILMS, played some new material that we’ve been working on, had a m-f-ing HORNS section (thanks to Dustin Smurthwaite of Ladies & Gentlemen and Uiliami Fihaki!), and then we joined crashfaster during his set for his song “Time” and a cover of Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So.”

We updated our Photos page on this site, but here are a few of our favorites from that night, courtesy of AJAPOPFILMS:

Since Awkward Terrible was in town, we started working on our split recording with them. We spent two days recording our songs and it’s turning out really well. We plan to release this split with them as a limited edition 7″ vinyl, but we have no set date for this yet.

Now that tour is over and our debut EP is released (YOU DID LISTEN TO IT, DIDN’T YOU???), Matt is in full baby mode with his first baby due any day now. We’re taking a short break for a few months. In that time, we’ll be working individually on some new material. I’ll also be doing some The Glowing Stars stuff solo at PAX Prime next month in Seattle, as well as some collaborations with crashfaster.

By the way, if you pre-ordered the limited edition EP (on USB Game Boy cartridges), those are shipping/have already been shipped! If you have any questions, send us an e-mail attheglowingstarsband[@]gmail[.]com. We don’t bite! We also have some extras reserved for sale. We may release some on our online store in the future.

Well, until next time! Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook! We also have a YouTube channel so you can relive the Quest Coast Tour memories with us!

-lc


Above: The Glowing Stars at Backspace, Portland, OR. Photo by AJAPOPFILMS

Whoa, we’re totally in Portland, OR right now! We just played a super cool show at Backspace last night with crashfaster, A Gentleman’s Picnic, and BPM Ensemble. Major thanks to Apes Tapes for putting this show together for us, and for Radiation City for showing up. Speaking of the two, check out the chip cover we did of Radiation City’s “The Color of Industry” on Apes Tapes. This, and a number of other chip remixes will be included in a future Apes Tapes release. More info on that soon.

Photo by AJAPOPFILMS

Right now we’re livestreaming on http://www.songatron.com for Jonathan Mann’s Song-A-Day: The Album project! We’re tracking parts for the song “The Only Way I Know How” with crashfaster. There’s still a lot to do left for the stream, so you can still (maybe) tune in, at least if I get this post up in time. Check out the song in its demo form here:

Tomorrow, we’re heading up to Seattle, WA to play a show at Pink Gorilla. Then we’re coming back down to Portland, OR and are hopefully playing a house party we were able to get on at the last minute! Follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook to get details on that as that comes.

Also, special, special thanks to AJAPOPFILMS who is touring with us and making rad videos along the way! We’re heading back home this weekend and will be playing our homecoming show at DNA Lounge in San Francisco on July 7, which will also be the first PulsewaveSF of many. We are totally psyched for this, and it’s going to be a huge show. And for those anxiously waiting, yes — our EP will be ready by then. :)

“Looks good to me. Count me in, sign me up.” -Matt Payne

-lc


If you missed our debut show at DNA Lounge a few weeks ago, here’s a fantastic video montage of our set shot and edited by AJAPOPFILMS. Check out 2-and-a-half minutes of up-close-and-personal live footage.

We’re happy to announce our next show at Maker Faire on Saturday, May 21 at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, CA. We’ve updated our Shows page with details on the show and how to get tickets. Maker Faire is an awesome DIY festival run by Make Magazine. We’ll be playing a special chip showcase along with crashfaster and other chip acts. If you’re in the Bay Area, you won’t want to miss this! (I mean, come on. Did you see the video above yet?) Also keep your eyes peeled on our Twitter and Facebook in the upcoming weeks – we’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to Maker Faire as well!

Photo by Riki Feldmann

We’re so freaking lucky to have such talented friends! AJAPOPFILMS already sent us a great set of photos from our show (check out the full gallery here), but we’ve also recently received live shots from Eric Hooten and Riki Feldmann and they’re AMAZING! Check them out on our PHOTOS page by clicking here or the link in the top menu. We’ll also be uploading some to our Facebook Fan Page. Here are some really cool ones:

Photo by Eric Hooten

Photo by Eric Hooten

Photo by Riki Feldmann

We’ve just uploaded a ton of awesome photos from the DNA Lounge show thanks to AJAPOPFILMS. Check them out on our Facebook Fan Page at the link below:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?fbid=137801419626980&id=112607512146371&aid=30061

Don’t forget to share any of your own photos with us if you have them. Here are a few of our favorites:

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We had an AMAZING time at our debut show last night opening for Anamanaguchi and Peelander-Z! If you missed both the actual show and the livestream, someone thankfully uploaded our entire set on YouTube. Watch it above!

Major, major thanks to crashfaster for hooking us up with this show. He even performed for a bit before our set!

Now that our first show is out of the way, we’re going to take the time to finish up our EP, which a few people have been able to pre-order at our show. Those people will be receiving e-mail confirmations soon, and we’ll announce online pre-orders in the next week.

Where do we go from here? Well, we’ll be announcing our next show dates very soon once the dates our confirmed. We have a show in the works for May, as well as our first West Coast tour in June. Very exciting!

Oh, and not sure if anyone caught it, but we had a couple of QR codes out that linked to secret The Glowing Stars videos. Did anyone catch those?

Photo by AJAPOPFILMS

-lc

P.S. Oh, and if we’re new to you, please check out our Facebook and Twitter, too! Oh, and YouTube!

Check out this cool video we did for GamesRadar.com! Every weekend, they do a giveaway. This weekend, it’s a bunch of interactive music shirts from ThinkGeek.

We took part of our song “I Know Now” and played it on these shirts, over our Game Boy track, of course. ;) Make sure to check out GamesRadar.com on Saturday, April 2nd to check out the contest.

Many thanks to AJAPOPFILMS for shooting and editing this video.

Thanks to ajapopfilms for our promo video. This was filmed during our demo recording session last month. Please rate it on YouTube and share it with your friends!