Confession: When I saw Stellastarr* play the Motherfucker party at The Roxy on Sunday, it was only the second time I’d seen them. It’s sort of amazing that I have managed to miss seeing the band in NYC so many times. I never went out of my way to see them, mostly due to their affiliation with an overly gushing Spin writer/blogger, but I remember sitting on my sofa with my roommate months ago watching the Cornerstone Player DVD and falling completely in love with “My Coco”. I caught the Stellastarr* live show for the first time at Coachella and was pretty fucking impressed with how much dancing went on in the sweaty sweaty tent overrun with dehydrated and dripping kids. When I got the email from Plus One Music announcing Stellastarr*’s final NYC show of 2004, I decided it was time to check out the band in front of their hometown crowd.
Confession: I’ve never been to the Motherfucker party, as dancing with hipsters on a Sunday night isn’t really my style and a dress code of “sassy, glossy and sexy” doesn’t apply to my closet. But for Stellastarr*, the hipsteratti and $5 bottle Buds were overlooked. The band hit the stage minutes before midnight and rocked through a short set dominated by new tracks balanced out with the familiar crowd pleasers “In The Walls”, “Jenny” and “My Coco”. The new tracks were met with the same dancing excitement as the tracks off their eponymous debut, and if the tracks played to the Motherfucker audience are any indication of the quality of the new material, we have another solid release of new wave pop punk on its way. After Sunday’s show, the band are heading into the studio to record their sophomore effort, due in the Spring of 2005.