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Dead Stars ‘Slumber’ album release at Union Pool

Riffin’ cousins: Greenpoint band Dead Stars is a family affair

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These bandmates share musical DNA. And also regular DNA.

Cousins and Greenpointers Jeff Moore and Jaye Moore bonded over their mutual love of music as teenagers, and have been making fuzzy guitar-pop together ever since.

“We’ve always had a couple of different bands here and there, and we’ve always been on this path together,” said Jeff Moore, who sings and plays guitar, while his cousin rocks the drums. “The goal has always been the same — writing good songs that are heavy and interesting.”

From the attention their latest outfit Dead Stars has been garnering of late, it is safe to say the Moores, along with bassist John Watterberg, are on the right track. The trio’s two early EPs have already drawn the attention of big-name music bloggers and national media outlets, and many more are scrambling to catch up now that its first full-length album “Slumber” is about to be released.

And the album backs up the buzz surrounding these boys. The 12 tracks on “Slumber” should have a nostalgic pull for fans of ’90s-era indie rockers such as Sugar and Dinosaur Jr., but tempered with calmer, acoustic guitar-led moments.

“We’re not a fan of records where all the songs sound the same,” said Jeff Moore. “This was our chance to explore other sides of the band and still have it be a cohesive record.”

Between the album’s official release at Union Pool on June 19, and an upcoming tour that will take the band as far afield as Georgia, Alabama, and Ohio, things show no sign of slowing down any time soon. Jeff Moore said he is already working on new material for the band, with 15 ideas for songs ready to be fleshed out with his cousin and Watterberg.

“You’ve got to keep cranking out music,” he said. “With the attention span of the world these days, it’s important to keep putting out music, to keep stepping it up, and to keep going up.”

Dead Stars album release party at Union Pool [484 Union Ave. between Skillman Avenue and Conselyea Street, (718) 599-1450, www.union-pool.com]. June 19 at 8 pm.

Posted 12:00 am, June 17, 2014
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