Photo credit: Pierre Pastel
Atlanta glam-rockers StarBendersare treating the Guitar Player community to an exclusive premiere of their new single, "Far From Heaven," as well as the videos for "Downtown" and "U Like Me Now."
"It's about a love that makes you fall from grace," explains vocalist/guitarist Kimi Shelter. "I was always grabbed by the poetry of Adam and Eve—it’s a very gothic sentiment to be doomed by love. Sonically, we wanted to go for something massive. I’m definitely a 'swing the cat' player, and I was automatically attached to the unhinged likenesses of Johnny Thunders, Ronny Wood, Ace Frehley, and Mick Ronson."
Shelter plays a Rock n’ Roll Relics Johnny Thunders model armed with David Allen CoolCats P90s through a hand-wired Vox AC15. Co-guitarist Kriss Tokaji's rig includes a black Gibson Les Paul '57 Reissue and an Orange OR15 amp.
"Kimi and I don't really have a specific way of splitting up guitar parts," says Tokaji. "We're both rhythm and lead players, and we naturally find our place in the sonic spectrum. Together, we like to pack a powerful punch."
LISTEN TO THE SINGLE!
WATCH "DOWNTOWN" LIVE!
WATCH "U LIKE ME NOW" LIVE!