Montreal’s Stars today released a new pair of singles—the pulsing, dance floor ready “Build A Fire” and the atmospheric, melancholic “Patterns”—off their first new album in five years, From Capelton Hill, out May 27th via Last Gang Records / MNRK. Though wildly different, these new tracks showcase the essential elements of Stars that make the band such a beloved and longstanding entity.
“‘Build a Fire’ was written in a fever dream of Covid-19 paranoia and restlessness, somewhere in the middle of last year,” says Torquill Campbell. “I like it because it sounds like Happy Mondays and The Pet Shop Boys at the same time, which is something maybe only we can do? It's about death. And running from it. As fast as you fucking can.” Of “Patterns,” Amy Millan explains: “Friendship is the only boat that will float you across the storm. With your friends you create the ethos to shield all that tomorrow will throw at you. Some Patterns can be changed. Some Patterns are sacred geometry and will never change. Only what loves will remain.”
These new tracks follow the one-two punch of “Pretenders” and “Snowy Owl” released last month to great press from Pitchfork, Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan, Exclaim!, Under The Radar, and more. Stars will celebrate From Capelton Hill this summer with a headlining West Coast tour kicking off in Vancouver, Canada on June 4th, and including two June shows at LA's The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever (a second night on June 14th was recently added due to popular demand). A full itinerary is below and tickets are on sale here.
Stars 2022 Tour Dates:
06/04 - Vancouver, BC - Hollywood Theatre
06/06 - Seattle, WA - Madame Lou's
06/07 - Seattle, WA - Madame Lou's
06/08 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
06/11 - San Francisco, CA - August Hall
06/13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
06/14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
06/15 - Solana Beach CA - Belly Up Tavern