Posts Tagged ‘Bauhaus’

Stellarscope’s latest release, ‘Standing In The Shadow Of Your Ghost’, is infused with what could easily be found in your early 80’s alternative scene with bands like The Sisters of Mercy, Joy Division, Bauhaus and The Jesus and Mary Chain. They’ve masterfully taken bits and pieces from the Post Punk era and brought them forward into today’s realm…..

Many thanks Tom Lugo and Stellarscope for taking the time for Torched Magazine!

Read the interview here:





Philly post punk band Stellarscope’s new album ‘Shades of Sadness and Sorrow” is now available for download.

on CD exclusively through Amazon

“Their angst ridden assault on your earholes are designed to heighten your senses & shake your inner core. ‘Stellarscope’ continue to release relevant, pioneering & awe inspiring music, not only for today’s bands to follow but also for future bands to get influenced by & in turn start the process of creating their own brand of music all over again.”- Del Chaney – The Primal Music Blog

“Nostalgia Kisses The Future with Shades of Sadness and Sorrow by Stellarscope
-Yup, nothing could represent the power of indie music that Philadelphia’s own Stellarscope. They are back with a new album called Shades of Sadness and Sorrow. They are improving on the sound that defines them as a band: a combination of 80’s post punk, dream pop and Gothic atmosphere.”- Baxter Labatos Sphere Music

First review of our new album “Shades of sadness and sorrow” by Sphere Music​. Album to be released March 3, 2015
“Nostalgia Kisses The Future with Shades of Sadness and Sorrow by Stellarscope​
-Yup, nothing could represent the power of indie music that Philadelphia’s own Stellarscope. They are back with a new album called Shades of Sadness and Sorrow. They are improving on the sound that defines them as a band: a combination of 80’s post punk, dream pop and Gothic atmosphere.”

Tom Lugo & Bob Forman interview with Reviewsic (music worth talking about)

Rough translation…

Hey, calm! what has happened? which disc have I put in? “Fingerpaint the

colour of Sound” by Stellarscope of a such Tommy Lugo.. eh? and

who are they? It would appeal to know some more about them but at

the moment I do not have time (I only know that Tommy is

also the mastermind behind the project Panophonic), indies plow-play and go

with a new turn of this “Fingerpaint the Colour of Sound”.. of that

draft? boh!? probably They define himselves as shoegaze but I have never

understood that definition and for more Stellarscope play with the noise, the darkwave, with the postpunk, with the indie rock crucco and with post-rock (a particular Pò)..alla long

I can say decidedly that this job a very varied one and a winner.

The compositions are varied in between but it still feels all of its own, they can

also fregiarsi of the branding “Stellarscope” you will hear touches of Sonic Youth,

Slowdive, Joy Division and it points out to acid

post-psychedelic aggression (Tomorrow is Now of is an example)..

to tell the truth I also feel a Pò to us stoners indeed.. but

“Fingerpaint the Colour of Sound” is not a disc that can be described

in 4 words, it is a disc that crosses 20 years of rock in 50

minutes, and to the fine ones it leaves a sign you. “Fingerpaint the

Colour of Sound” is a job that will perhaps pass a Pò in silence,

unjustly, and it deserves your purchase for sure because it is truly one

breath of fresh air in the panorama rock clones of the 2004…

Stellarscope – Living Under The Radar

  Country of Origin: USA

Format:                 CD

Record Label:       Independent

Catalogue #:         –

Year of Release:   2006

Time:                    55:20

Info:                      Stellarscope

Samples:               Click here

Tracklist: The Penitence (3:44), Union’s End (3:54), Alone (3:08), Inside Out (4:10), Summer Handbook (3:19), Understand (4:58), Our Last Dance (6:19), I Am Dead (5:29), New Start (4:11), Such Is Life (4:53), Nearly Stars (2:26), Deception In The Word (8:49)

One of the most uncomfortable situations that can appear when writing a review for DPRP is when the album to be reviewed has absolutely nothing to do with prog. This is the case with Stellarscope, an American trio formed by vocalist/guitarist Tommy Lugo. Stellarscope is around for 11 years now and they have released lots of full length albums and EP’s. Living under the radar is their latest try and the first I come across with.

On their website and their biography, one can find an endless list of influences, spanning half the rock genre, but nothing but Pink Floyd that is part of the prog community. Then again, is there anybody out there not influenced by Floyd? To me the most basic element of their song-writing is noise. Noise the way Sonic Youth have defined it, the way Smashing Pumpkins popularised it, the way Radiohead have experimented with it, the way Sigur Ros keep on preserving it. The other axis is the post-punk rather than post-rock philosophy behind the songs: very raw tracks, sometimes you get the impression that they entered the studio and recorded the songs in a couple of days, without almost any post-processing. The overcast legacy of Joy Division survives here too, together with a hidden, lurking, more lush, elegant, even romantic one (My Bloody Valentine, even Cocteau Twins with a bit of imagination) – I say lurking and hidden because the noise covers it all at the first listen. One can also find elements of Space-Rock in the way they sometimes experiment with some tunes and concepts. In fact, when they go psychedelic, and less noisy (mainly the guitars, like in New Start), the result is more interesting, at least to an ear trained with prog. The percussion is more than welcome when it appears, and I have the impression that more synths and keyboards would make the final result more appealing. Indeed, the best tracks of the albums do not lack synths. Finally, some songs are reminiscent of Sabbath or Bauhaus, like, as you might have guessed from the title, I Am Dead.

Something that really made it hard for me to get into the album and obliged me to dig deep in order to discover some beauty in this release is the really horrible production. I understand that the band is self-sustained but this result is repulsive for a huge audience – especially the prog audience, being used to crystal clear productions. I have to admit though, that after a lot of tries and attempts, I did discover parts I like, ideas that talk to me and tracks with a character. Particularly, tracks Union’s End, Summer Handbook, Our Last Dance and the mysterious nine minute Deception In The Word are very powerful tracks that gave me the courage and the will to come back to the album after the first disappointing listens. The last track in particular features a very different way of singing on behalf of Tommy Lugo compared to the rest of the album (more lyrical), even a more witty song writing that vaguely reminded me of And Also The Trees. More mellow, more melodic and more subtle. Still, I repeat: this has absolutely nothing to do with prog. If some of you out there are interested, please do visit the Myspace page of the band to hear some clips (unfortunately not many from this album). For the rest, this is another genre and I have to leave it unrated. But to be honest, it grows in a very weird way…

Conclusion: Unrated