July 19, 2008

Keeping the Glam Rock Dream Alive

The spirit of rock'n'roll is very much alive and well in the capable hands of rude, tattooed rockers Dear Superstar.

The group - Micky, Minge, Smeth, Gunns and Amadeus - stop off at The White Rabbit next week as part of their current jaunt around the UK.

The Manchester glam rock five piece - who blend metal and melody in a similar vein to Bullet For My Valentine - may not exactly be a household name in the UK as yet, but they've been ripping up stages across Europe since their conception in 2004 and are now turning their attention to the home territory.

As yet unsigned, the lads followed up their debut self-produced album - Confessions of a Twisted Mind, which hit major record stores in 2006 to critical acclaim - with their latest long player, Heartless. Produced by Romesh Dogangoda (Manic Street Preachers, Bullet For My Valentine, Funeral For A Friend) at Long Wave Recording Studios it allowed them time to develop their ideas.

In a recent interview, Micky said: "In the Confessions days, we recorded on the road because we couldn't afford not to be touring. With Heartless we really had the chance to take our time."

And it shows. The new offering is grittier still, reminiscent of the '80s, but with a contemporary twist. "Think of Avenged Sevenfolk and Motley Crue having a drinking contest then a fight with My Chemical Romance on the way home," said Micky.

The lads are back in the UK following a support in Helsinki, Finland, for Bullet For My Valentine whom they met originally when rehearsing in the same Cardiff studio.

"We asked Jay if he would be up for doing some guest screaming as my vocals were shot and Jay accepted. The track sounds amazing," Micky says.

Check out the track and other tunes at www.myspace.com/ dearsuperstar or catch them live at the White Rabbit on July 23 and then again the Rip Curl Boardmasters Festival, Newquay, on August 4.

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