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Album Review

Suicide Squeeze Records did everyone a favor by re-releasing Red Stars Theory's 1995 Deluxe Records 10" and RxRemedy 7" on one CD. These early tracks were recorded by Calvin Johnson at Dub Narcotic. The noisy melodies would fit nicely alongside Diary-era Sunny Day Real Estate or bands like Cursive. But James Bertram sings lush, hushed vocals that make Death Cab for Cutie references relevant. Red Stars Theory employs the soft-loud dynamic well, and songs like "Broken Neck" run into long Mogwai-esque jams. The sound on these two records is extremely consistent, and sometimes the dream-core flows from one song to the next almost too smoothly. But the drifting melancholy is pretty blissful and reveals the source of Red Stars Theory's later move toward psychedelia.


Formed: 1994 in Seattle, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Red Stars Theory's core members are guitarist/vocalist James Bertram of 764-Hero and drummer Jeremiah Green, who played with Modest Mouse for a time. Much like their other two bands, the Washington State natives combined driving guitars and passionate vocals into cathartic indie-rock, but as their 1997 debut But Sleep Came Slowly showed, the group also added long, moody passages to their songs that evoked slow-core groups like Codeine as well as orchestral arrangement. The group's Touch & Go debut,...
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