The Stars of Disaster started playing together in February 2019, in
Pittsburgh. They’ve been playing out since May 2019.
The songs started coming in 2014, when Anthony Schiappa came
home. He’d made a go of it as an airline baggage handler in upstate
New York, an academic in NYC, and an exile in Scandinavia. Back
in his Steubenville, OH, basement, trying to stave off the terrors
of clock-punching and memory. That’s when he rediscovered his
childhood love of making loud music.
He started recording the songs in Pittsburgh, with friends old
and new. They were done guerrilla style: in friends’ apartments,
in Anthony’s sister’s house, in clubs during off-hours, anywhere.
Eventually, they had a record: Love Won’t Save You.
To come alive onstage, the record needed a band. And it has one:
Kate Daly (the hi-frequencies) on bass, David Brockschmidt (Benefits)
on drums, and Chicago native Jesus Geoffrey Martinez (Burning
Luck) on lead guitar.
Anthony’s main influences are Guided by Voices, early R.E.M., and
early Ween. Amid these touchstones, you will hear Anthony’s own
style. It’s a blend of claustrophobic themes and non-stop get-down
that Kate calls “composed mania.” Mike Baltzer of Benefits calls the
aesthetic “Rust-Belt garage psych.” Joe Tarowksy from Action Camp
says “It’s like Teenage Fanclub came from the Ohio Valley.”
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