Guitar quartet Low Stars to play U-Rock

By Emily Irvine

Low Stars will take the stage today and wowing the crowd with
their heavenly harmonies and charismatic lyrics.

Hailing from Los Angeles, Low Stars was formed by Dave Gibbs,
Jeff Russo, Chris Seefried and Jude. The permanent lineup consists
of Gibbs, Russo and Seefried.

The band takes its inspirational cues from classic acts like
Crosby, Stills and Nash and the Eagles.

“We wanted to make an authentic-sounding record that was
reminiscent of that era of music,” said Seefried.

The group formed organically, meeting by touring and
collaborating on the same shows.

“We just started talking after gigs, saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be
great if we started playing together?'” said Seefried.

Low Stars’ blend of intricate harmonies and passionate lyrics
are a tribute to the aforementioned folk and classic rock greats.
The band believes this music touches people and is truly
genuine.

“People don’t even realize that they miss this kind of music
until they hear it. It’s straightforward, very genuine music,” said
Gibbs. “The situation today is that everything is so processed and
artificial. You can fix everything with Pro Tools in the studio,
but that’s not us. We’re just four dudes with guitars. We sound
exactly like that when we stand in front of you and sing.”

The band’s song “Calling All Friends” was chosen by ABC as the
theme for the TV series “What About Brian.”

Starbucks Entertainment also caught the Low Stars buzz and
featured the band as part of its “Hear Music” series.

“Great music is sold there, so we’re into being around that,”
said Russo. “Starbucks is a gathering place. It’s about coming
together as a community, and our music is the same way.”

Low Stars’ debut album was released Feb. 15. The band added
drums, bass, and steel guitars to the album. It was produced by
George Drakoulias, who has worked with Tom Petty, The Black Crowes
and Primal Scream.

As for the vibe of their shows, Low Stars want the fans to sing
along and have a good time.

“[The music] says, ‘Come join us,'” said Russo. “People are
singing along, it’s a party with guitars.”

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