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Against the Stars
     

Against the Stars

by The Dambuilders
 
Against the Stars is third major label album from the Dambuilders. Against the Stars diverges from the simple production of previous releases, favoring a more dense, complicated sound. Gone is the indie rock guitar-based approach, resulting in a heavily produced set of 13 songs. Imagine a poppy prog rock record and you have Against the Stars. The

Overview

Against the Stars is third major label album from the Dambuilders. Against the Stars diverges from the simple production of previous releases, favoring a more dense, complicated sound. Gone is the indie rock guitar-based approach, resulting in a heavily produced set of 13 songs. Imagine a poppy prog rock record and you have Against the Stars. The band released a single in 1992 called Pop Song Equals Food and, clearly, they may have changed their approach by 1997 to Pop Production Equals Food. Fans of the older material actually might be scared off by the new sound. But the self-produced effort mixed by Robbie Adams (Bogmen, David Garza, U2) is a very exciting album. "Break Up With Your Girlfriend" is a tightly written pop song with Smashing Pumpkins fuzzy guitars that could easily fill a stadium. If Encendedor and Ruby Red were more akin to Sub Pop records, then Against the Stars is closer to Cheap Trick arena rock. It is no coincidence that the album starts with the track "Digitize," signaling a change from four-track simplicity to multi-track complexity. The album's production brings a muddy, wall of sound effect to the band's soaring melodies and harmonizing vocals. "Burn This Bridge" is a metaphor for the band's new direction. "Watch me burn this bridge...DOWN" screams vocalist Dave Derby, as the music switches from barely distorted, softer guitars with a restrained rhythm to slash-and-burn axe grinding with a raging, take-no-prisoners backbeat. The shift in aesthetics is thrilling and expertly achieved. Other highlights include "Herstory," which could have fit in on any mid-'80s Def Leppard LP, "I Was Wrong," and "Seek and Destroy."

Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/1997
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596203425
catalogNumber:
62034

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dambuilders   Primary Artist
Kevin March   Drums,Vocals
Joan Wasser   Guitar,Violin,Keyboards,Vocals
Eric Masunaga   Guitar,Vocals
Rich Costey   Moog Synthesizer,Sampling
Dave Derby   Bass,Vocals

Technical Credits

Kevin March   Composer
Joan Wasser   Composer,Producer
Eric Masunaga   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Jennifer Roddie   Art Direction
Rich Costey   Programming,Engineer
Greg Griffith   Engineer
Rob Eberhardt   Artwork
Bruce MacFarlane   Engineer
George Skelcher   Contributor,Prop Design
Dave Derby   Composer
Fandemian Modine   Composer

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