Formed in 2015, the band Star Theories boasts powerful vocal melodies, swirling guitar lines and rhythms that are very reminiscent of modern Alt-Rock bands like The 1975 and Kings of Leon. Even with a steady Rock aesthetic in their portfolio, this quartet can quickly find themselves drawing from Classic Rock, Blues and even R&B influences.
Gabe’s voice cuts through each song with memorable lyrics, catchy melodies and a Pop sensibility that would garner quick attention for most radio listeners. Strange Theories has built up a loyal following in the South Louisiana region and they now have their eyes set up on national and international aspirations. With their big debut due out in later 2017, be on the lookout for this indie rock band on the rise. 1 In Music meets the four-piece Rock group from Lafayette, LA.
1 In Music: Hey guys, thank you for meeting us. Tell us, what makes your music unique?
Star Theories [ST]: Our music is unique because it embodies our emotions and things that are best said through music. Our music is close to our hearts and we try to portray that in our sound. We are constantly evolving as songwriters and performers and constantly creating music that comes closer to what we want to convey as musicians. Being this early in our career gives us room to grow and write music different than anything we’ve ever done before.
1 In Music: What/who shaped your music and who supports you?
ST: As a group, we have our largest influences in Alternative Rock and Indie music. That being said, we find inspiration in so much more than just those genres. Blues, pop, RnB, and many more give us ways to change our sound and not just be labeled as one specific thing. For support, we could not thank our parents enough for never kicking us out of the house because we practice too loud or shunning our style of music because it doesn’t fit what they want out of us. Instead they always try to help and support us in every way they can and we couldn’t be more thankful.
1 In Music: When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?
ST: We never really planned it, somewhere along the line we went from playing talent shows at our schools and practicing in our living rooms to entertaining people who actually feel that they are connected to our music. As we started writing our first EP, we started to recognize that our friendship had become something special that we could do for the rest of our lives.
1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?
ST: We have a wide variety of artists we enjoy, but as a group we appreciate music from groups like Vulfpeck and The 1975. We love bands who don’t sell out or sell themselves short by going with whatever trend is sweeping the industry. They stay true to themselves and their sound, and we aspire to follow their example.
1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?
ST: No specific artists come to mind, but in this day and age songwriters and producers are definitely not being given the proper credit they deserve. It is so easy to assume that whoever is singing the song wrote it, but that is definitely not always the case, and we should spend just as much time praising those who compose the song as those who perform it.
1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?
ST: Our pre-show ritual usually consists of a short prayer and then getting in a circle and chanting in this tribal African sort of way. It’s probably best that we just leave it at that.
1 In Music: What do you guys do when you are not making music and that you are passionate about?
ST: We have all grown up doing other things that have made us into the people we are today, but our friendship is definitely what we are most passionate about, maybe even more than our music. To have a solid foundation as a band, just having hired musicians who care more about the money than the music they make can be the demise of so many potentially great acts. Our friendship as a group has given us a special relationship that is unique to us and we are proud of that.
1 In Music: Success to you is…
ST: … changing days, weeks, or lives of other people. Being successful as a musician isn’t about the money, it’s about giving your fans something to hold on to and form a connection to.
1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?
ST: We wish someone would have told us not to think that the path that any other musician followed to grow their influence will work for us. There truly is no formula to success in the music industry, so instead of wasting time trying to follow the footsteps of other artists, pave your own way and find success in a way that suits your personality.
1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?
ST: Of course! We are always writing new music to put out and share with the world. Right now, we are in the middle of our next record that will come out soon! We can’t spoil too much so you’ll just have to stick around to find out the details!
1 In Music: Thanks guys for taking this interview. Where can we find your music?
ST: We try to make our music as accessible we can to everyone. Just to name a few, our music is on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and Pandora. Odds are, our music is probably on the platform you use to consume music. Just search for Strange Theories!