Brooklyn’s Dead Stars recall the sun-dappled days when college rock was slowly giving way to what we now loosely term “indie rock,” when bands with big, burly guitars and a knack for clean, soaring melodies were still camped out left of the dial — think Sugar, think Buffalo Tom, think the Lemonheads. All of those and more are audible throughout Slumber, the trio’s instantly-winning new record. The formula is simple: pair chugging guitars with Jeff Moore’s warm, welcoming vocals, and wait for the magic to kick in. And it does — early and often.
[Slumber will be released on June 17 by Old Flame Records]