Brooklyn-based scuzz-rockers Dead Stars have oft been compared to 90s favorites like Dinosaur Jr. (making it particularly fitting that the two shared a stage at this year’s 4 Knots Festival), but they’ve got a catchy something special that is all their own: the propulsive hooks and sailing chorus of “Someone Else,” the more mature; slightly melancholy pop of songs like “Never Knew You;” their particular brand of dry wit (see below). Now, after a string of quietly self-released EPs, they’ve just dropped their full-length debut via Old Flame Records — order quick, it’s a limited edition! — and you can also catch them live at Mercury Lounge on August 7.
After the jump, singer/guitarist Jeff Moore unveils his top Brooklyn picks.
Name: Jeff Moore
(Little known area between Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Not near Meeker or Graham Avenue. Please don’t look for it.)
Brooklyn-based band to look out for: Too many to name and a lot of them are friends of ours, so we wouldn’t want to play favorites. So at the risk of sounding narcissistic, we’ll say Dead Stars.
Fave place to see a show: Union Pool. The sound is great, and you can go in the yard and eat tacos and smoke cigarettes in between bands.
Fave Brooklyn bar: The Levee. Everyone who works there is topnotch.
Go-to drink: Founders IPA and a Bulleit Bourbon neat.