June 18, 2023
Photo: Vegas Giovanni

Atlanta-based rock n’ rollers STARBENDERS release new single We’re Not Ok and tackle illness and addiction with the announcement of their new album, Take Back the Night, due for release 22nd September via Sumerian Records.

On the new single, vocalist Kimi Shelter shares: “When I initially wrote We’re Not OK, I was thinking about the struggle I’ve had with spirituality. Sometimes I feel like a poser when I try to tap into faith. That small voice going, “you really don’t believe”, “you know it’s not going to be any different”… and on and on. I brought my mentor and dear friend, James Hall, in to co-write. He was able to bring more light to that feeling of hopelessness that we all feel. What’s important is coming together to be “less not okay” and riding out the storm. The answering of prayers can be very subtle, we just have to keep our minds open to the possibility of things changing and working themselves out. We tapped into this further with the music video. We also had the honour of working with Gilbert Trejo. He immediately picked up on the sentiment of the song and wanted to show us floating through Hollywood, going through it. The band is depicted as eventually finding one another and carrying on along the walk of fame. Definitely deep rock n’ roll poetry.”

Take Back The Night was born in the wake of the band’s most challenging obstacles to date. From life threatening necrotising bacterial pneumonia to addiction to two years of the world in limbo, it felt like the punches kept coming and coming. The band made a conscious decision that they were going to practice radical acceptance and stick together no matter what. The frustration and worries we choked down on the daily were transmuted into the compositions and sounds of the new record. All the triumph over serious obstacles made the rocket fuel that propelled their most cohesive and aggressive record ever.”

This band has toured the world with everyone from Alice In Chains to Palaye Royale, destroying the entire house every time. They’ve issued twenty-six releases in eight years – singles, EPs, and LPs, including their 2020 full-length, Love Potions, for Sumerian Records. With a work ethic as relentless as their fabulous vision, there is much more magic yet to come.

Starbenders – UK Tour 2023

  • 09.10 – KK’s Steelmill, Wolverhampton
  • 10.10 – The Key Club, Leeds
  • 12.10 – Rock City, Nottingham
  • 13.10 – The Cathouse, Glasgow
  • 14.10 – Satan’s Hollow, Manchester
  • 15.10 – The Joiners, Southampton
  • 16.10 – Thekla, Bristol
  • 18.10 – Green Door Store, Brighton
  • 19.10 – Boston Music Rooms, London

Starbenders are a rock-n-roll dream come true for every hard-luck dreamer occupying this third stone from the sun. Singer/songwriter KimiShelter is the love child Johnny Thunders and Joan Jett should have had, raised with an impeccable education from Blondie Elementary School, Def Leppard High, Bowie College, and a Ph.D from Siouxie Sioux University in Fuck All Y’all. AaronLecesne brings ripping bass lines, vivid musicality, fashionista chic, and lightning-rod stage energy. KrissTokaji is the literal embodiment of a Guitar Adonis whose fretboard mastery easily places him at the pinnacle of today’s young guns, a legend in the making. Then we have EmilyMoon, the siren behind the drums, channeling her spiritual father (and namesake), Keith Moon, in a gorgeous tornado of sound and fury.

(Written by William DuVall of Alice In Chains)

Take Back The Night

  1. The Game
  2. Sex
  3. Body Talk
  4. We’re Not Ok
  5. Cherry Wine
  6. Seven White Horses
  7. The End is Near
  8. Blood Moon
  9. If You Need It
  10. Marianne
  11. Poison
  12. Midnight
  13. Say You Will

Band members:
Kimi Shelter – vocals
Aaron Lecesne – bass
Kriss Tokaji – guitars
Emily Moon – drums


STARBENDERS online:

Official Website