Star Pixel Talks of Being a Duo, Possible Show Time and Music!

Having formed in early 2020 STAR PIXEL has defined their style of sound as "eletro-grunge", releasing their debut album, with a lot of material leftover perhaps saving them for a rainy day. The band talks of possible live show plans and their current debut.

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

We formed in early 2020, just prior to the first lockdown. It began with a vision that Charlie (Howell) had for a musical project that would blend grunge and EDM. He suggested this to former bandmate (Bokaata and Up & Atom) Gavin (Chappell-Bates) who loved the idea, especially as it had been a couple of years since he released his last solo album. When lockdown hit and there was no live music, this project became a place of solace, hope and creativity and we both quickly started assembling a large collection of songs. As we couldn't meet up, we worked remotely from one another, sending ideas back and forth, layering up sounds and songs in what became the perfect collaboration and fusion of ideas and styles. 

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

CH: "I got the idea for the name when I was at work and came across a high-resolution image of a galaxy from a space telescope. Seeing all these billions of unimaginably massive stars reduced to single pixels on a computer screen seemed somewhat ludicrous and amusing."

As the band was about blending and fusing different styles and ideas, the name was kind of a representation of this in bringing together two things, one ('a star') massive, and the other ('a pixel') at the other end of the size scale.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We're based in Cambridgeshire and there is so much amazing talent locally. There are brilliant bands worth checking out such as Bouquet of Dead Crows, Goldblume, Fred's House and Collars, as well as some very talented songwriters such as Luke Williams and Flaming June. 

4. How would you describe your style?

We've defined it as 'Electro-Grunge'. 

We both grew up listening to a lot of 90s grunge music and are both big fans, so we wanted to take that and bring it forward with some more modern production elements, hence fusing it with EDM/Drum&Bass/Dubstep.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

Our debut album 'Hadron Kaleidoscope' came out in August 2022. We've released 4 singles from it so far, the last, Superimposer, included us fighting a giant DM boot in the music video!

It's a ten track album and we're really happy with the final results in terms of how the mood and tone flows from start to end. The songs are written to be immediate and impactful, but with plenty of nuance and variation to keep it interesting. We really hope you'll enjoy it. 

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

We wrote quite a lot of songs for the project and only ten made it onto the album - we wanted to keep it lean! It's not that we thought the others were not good enough, but they were tonally quite different, and didn't quite fit with how we wanted the album to sound

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Given how the album was written and recorded, and the fact there is only two of us, we haven't yet turned this into a live project. It's not to say we won't in the future though...

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

It was quite intense getting the album finished so we're going to be taking a bit of time to have a break and reflect. We may release more tracks from the album. We also have other tracks unfinished that we'd like to get out there, at least another single and an EP. 

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

You can find out more on our website:

You can check out our music videos here:

You can listen here:

The best place to buy is from our Bandcamp store: 

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

The energy and power of the guitar and vocal hooks and an intrigue with the fusion of styles.

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