If for nothing else, Steve Ferrari can be more than pleased with himself for his work as co-producer on Kid606's highpoint Down With The Scene album. Truly the Devil's music, and memorable in the way it kidnaps random genres and splatters their brains all over the pavement. With Craig Four Two in Stars As Eyes, the magpie approach is retained, taking in electro, krautrock, indie drones, disco, punk, house and alien soundscape. But this is no ironic retro bullshit. Ferrari and Four Two love this music and a true human affection and warmth blends with a late-adolescent wonderment at just what's possible with a bunch of old guitars, salvaged effects pedals, beat-up hardware and basic programming.
They've released 3 albums so far on 606's Tigerbeat6 label. Their anthem is Important Youth Movement from 2002's Enemy Of Fun, an album that writhes beautifully in feedback wails, fuzzy backwash and emo angst. Like all the best live prospects though, Stars As Eyes peak on their most recent outing, Loud New Shit: on two thirds of the tracks, they are remixed by themselves, Electric Company, Casino Versus Japan, Mum and Main, amongst others, bringing a gleaming new light of solidity and insistence to their battered dancefloor. And there's no doubt you'll feel some of that aforementioned wonderment too at what is Stars As Eyes' first ever live date outside the US.