"Risky, but promising"- The Independant
(PRWEB) September 15, 2010
Stars and Sons began with Mike Lord, a 23 year old former bin-man and classical music graduate from Essex (he was sacked from the zoo where he worked because postcard sales were too low). An early love of musicals - he was an understudy to Jesus in primary school, and never looked back - eventually shaped an obsession with Stravinsky, The Avalanches, and Sergeant Pepper. All this and more is cut and pasted into this debut record, which Lord wrote and largely produced himself; on the dole, in his bedroom, and much to the worry of his poor mum, whose former childhood pleas to keep the noise down partly inspired the album title. The record was eventually finished off with Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers, Kylie) in a converted church at the foot of Mount Snowdon.
Despite the overflowing ideas and sounds surrounding the album, ‘Good Morning Mother’ – brilliantly – still sounds like a bunch of guys just having a blast amongst themselves. Having assembled the skeleton of his songs, Mike Lord formed Stars and Sons with friends Sandy Buglass, Stuart Provan, Luke Sital Singh and Paul Steel. Together, they take the DIY approach to music to quite remarkable heights. A limited five hundred copies of ‘In The Ocean’ were released, ALL of which were hand-painted by Mike, in the bedroom that he made the record. Their music videos, too, are largely band-led affairs, both surprisingly accomplished and brilliantly surreal (In The Ocean’ features an underwater dance scene with a girl in a Scarlett Johansson mask, and their take on M.I.A’s ‘Born Free’ is well worth a Youtube visit).
‘Good Morning Mother’ is a bold and fantastically technicolor debut record, managing to be supremely accessible and just plain weird simultaneously. Listen in full now: