Tulsa’s young award-winning pop and rock act Stars Go Dim has already opened for big names such as Switchfoot, Daughtry and John Mayer. They have now just finished their first album and are available for record and publishing deals.
Stars Go Dim's aggressive online networking campaign, which documented the band’s formation, established a loyal following and was quickly complemented by a trio of singles which garnered a host of accolades, and culminated in the CMT Listener’s Choice Songwriter’s Award in the summer of 2009.
Consistent regional touring and handful of high profile shows helped to build on the group’s fan base, and led to a string of fan-voted awards. Most recently, the group won a spot on the Ernie Ball sponsored John Mayer Cruise 2009 (opening for acts such as John Mayer, O.A.R. and Guster) and secured ‘Best Pop/Rock Band’ honours in the 2009 ‘Absolute Best of Tulsa’ music awards.
Now, roughly two years after forming, the band has emerged from the studio with its debut full-length CD, ‘Love Gone Mad’, a wholly realised reflection of love and life and the rollercoaster of emotions that accompany them.
Serendipitously, the band never set out to create an album with such a broad and over arching theme – it all came naturally.
“After the first three song demo came together,” Avalos says, “I basically wrote the rest of the album in two weeks. The theme just came together organically - it’s not like I was thinking about it. I probably wrote 20 songs in roughly two weeks and this is what came out of it.”
“It’s not like we set out to create a concept record,” he further explains. “We were just writing a bunch of songs. When we came together, we didn’t even know what kind of band we were.”
Beyond that, the band’s vision is explored even further in the digital novel ‘Love Remembered’, which was inspired by the album. It’s a tale of two couples separated by time, whose lives intertwine as they experience love, loss and restoration – and learn that love is the one thing worth fighting for, even when it has gone mad.
With a new emotionally charged album, incorporated media presentation and compelling live show it is no surprise that local media such as Urban Tulsa Weekly says, “It’s not a matter of if, but rather when this band will break.”
"It's rare to find a band as young as [Maroon 5] were who play drums and guitars but aren't a stereotypical rock band. My thought was their music was advanced for its time, but when the album came out it would be where music was going. Sure enough ..." Interview with Ben Berkman, EVP at A&M/Octone for Maroon 5