The Glowing Stars

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

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Earlier this week, Lizzie was interviewed by The Joystiq Show about The Glowing Stars for their music episode. It went live today, so check it out!

The Joystiq Show - 006: Musical Players 

Meanwhile, Matt’s wife gave birth to a beautiful baby boy! 

While we’ve been on a break from shows this month, we’re still cooking up a lot of things behind the scenes. Lizzie is getting ready to do a few shows withcrashfaster in the next few weeks. Catch their sets on Saturday, August 27 at PAX Prime 2011 in Seattle, and Thursday, September 8 at The Stork Club in Oakland. 

The next The Glowing Stars show is in just two weeks! We’ll be playing at Convergence Fest at the Japantown Peace Plaza in San Francisco. Here are our upcoming show dates:

9/4/11 @ Convergence MMXI Festival, Japantown Peace Plaza, San Francisco, CA
With Teenage SweaterSpaceKraftPlanet Booty, and The Bran Flakes
12 pm | FREE | Facebook | Flyer

9/28/11 @ Red Devil Lounge, San Francisco, CA - Jonathan Mann’s 1000th Song-A-Day / Album Release Show!
With Jonathan Mann & The Rock Cookie Bottoms, The Backorders | 7pm | $8 | Facebook

10/28/11 @ The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz, CA
With The Phenomenauts and The Bloodtypes | 8pm | $12 | Facebook

We have some more upcoming shows in October that we can’t quite announce yet, but when the time comes, you’ll know! Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list on the right sidebar. Also, Facebook and Twitter.

We’ve been spending our mini hiatus working on new songs and *still* waiting for Matt’s baby to be born. But we are playing in San Francisco in less than a month! If you’re in the area, catch us for FREE SHOW on Sunday, September 4. We’re playing Convergence Festival at the Japantown Peace Plaza at 12 p.m. For more details, check out our Shows page, or view the Facebook Event page here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=256156604397453

And remember that time we worked on a song for Jonathan Mann’s Song-A-Day: The Album project? On our Quest Coast Tour, we took over his livestream and recorded parts with crashfaster on Jon’s Song-A-Day #905: The Only Way I Know How. On September 28, Jonathan Mann will be having his 1000th Song-A-Day Song and Album Release Show at Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco. We’ll be playing with him live! It’s bound to be a crazy event, so don’t miss out. Check out the video for the song we did with him below:

Lastly, excited to announce that we’ll be playing a show in October opening for The Phenomenauts and The Bloodtypes! This will be at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz. More info on that as the date nears.

Thanks again for everyone’s patience with receiving the limited edition physical EPs for Anything Past That. It seems as though international orders have started to make their way to their rightful owners. We’ve received some e-mails from people who haven’t gotten their orders yet and we’re doing our best to resolve them ASAP.

For those who missed out on pre-ordering a limited edition EP, we’ll have a small number of them for sale at PAX Prime 2011, which is in two weeks! Lizzie will be doing a set with crashfaster at Jamspace on Saturday, August 27. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to find out how to get one.

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


Rocking the KSCU stage at SubZERO Festival | Photo by AJAPOPFILMS

Last night’s show at the 4th annual SubZERO Festival was a blast! It was so great sharing the stage with crashfasterGoodriddler, and San Francesca.

We’re currently on lock-down at monobomb studio with crashfaster working on the final details of our debut EP, and then we’re sending it off to get mastered tonight (or really, really early tomorrow). Then we’re kicking off our Quest Coast tour! Surprisingly we’re not tired of each other yet…

Our first stop is June 9 at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles. We’re also going on The Video Game Music Show the next evening while we’re still down in SoCal. We also finally confirmed our Seattle venue! Check us out atPink Gorilla June 24 in Seattle’s University District! For full tour details, check out our Shows page.

That’s about it. We’ll update our website as the tour progresses. I asked Matt if he had anything to add to this post. He said, “whatever.”

-lc

Photo by Eric Hooten

We’ll be playing in San Jose, CA for the 4th Annual SubZERO Festival! crashfaster was also recently added to the lineup, which means we’re kicking off the Quest Coast Tour 2011 a few days early! SubZERO Festival is bound to be a huge show for us, and has already been getting a lot of buzz. You can find a nice little photo and blurb of The Glowing Stars in this week’s issue of San Jose’s Metro newspaper:

If you’re in the area, make sure you don’t miss this FREE show! crashfaster will take the stage at 9:30 p.m. and we’ll be on at 10 p.m.! We’ll be selling T-shirts, stickers, and buttons. For those wondering about the debut EP, it’s in great shape, and the immensely talented crashfaster has been putting in the hours in helping record and mix this EP into a rocking lo-fi masterpiece, and it will be ready in just a few weeks.

You can get free tracks from all of the artists on the PulsewaveSF Digital Sound Space stage at Maker Faire here!

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Free MP3 compilation of tracks by DSS musicans! (via DSS Schedule (Maker 2011))


Photo courtesy of Audrey Jean Tucker

We had an amazing time playing the entire weekend at Maker Faire in San Mateo. We played Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 on the Digital Sound Space stage byPulsewaveSF. It was such an honor to share the stage with other awesome chip/electronic artists like crashfaster (who we’re touring with in two weeks!), starpause,Mr. Spastic (who is playing with us at Meltdown Comics in LA), Doctor Popular, andHyperwave to name a few. On Sunday, we shared our set with super-awesome visualistMax Capacity (see photo above). We also got to play on the Solar Stage that day:


Photo courtesy of Audrey Jean Tucker

Thanks to some familiar faces from our last (first) show for coming out! And thanks to all the new fans we met at Maker Faire who made their way onto our Facebook Fan Page andTwitter. If you haven’t already, be sure to check it out!

We still have a few things on the agenda before we kick off our Quest Coast Tour 2011with crashfaster. We got a few more days in the studio finishing up our long-awaited debut EP and finalizing all the little details. We also have one more show coming up!

Friday, June 3 we’ll be performing at SubZERO Festival. It’s a street festival in San Jose, CA in the city’s SoFA District. If you’re in the Bay Area and want to catch us one last time before we leave, make sure you head on over! Did we mention it was free? More details can be found at http://www.subzerofestival.com/ or our Shows page.

See you all soon!

We’re really excited to announced the official dates for our Quest Coast Tour with crashfaster! We’ll be hitting up different cities in California as well as Portland and Seattle. Here they are:

Thu 6/9 @ Meltdown Comics, Los Angeles, CA8-bit E3 After Party!

Fri 6/10 @ The Video Game Music Show, KSPC 88.7 FM, Claremont, CARadio show + interview

Wed 6/15 @ The New Parish, Oakland, CAJapan Benefit

Thu 6/16 @ Arlene Francis Center, Santa Rosa, CA

Sat 6/18 @ Deva Cafe, Modesto, CA

Wed 6/22 @ Backspace, Portland, OR

Fri 6/24 @ Seattle, WA - TBA

Sat 6/25 @ Apes Tapes, Portland, OR - Surprise Double Release

Thu 7/7 @ DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA - PulsewaveSF Homecoming Show!

Check out our Shows page for updated tour dates. Our next show is next week at Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA. We’ll be playing both dates: Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22.

In the meantime, we’re wrapping up recording our debut EP at monobomb. There’s still time to pre-order a limited edition physical EP on a custom Game Boy cartridge at our online store!

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