Most people wouldn’t expect Detroit-based sextet I See Stars to pull off an unplugged album due to their music primarily falling into the electronic hardcore genre. However, those people will be proven wrong with the release of Phases, the band’s new unplugged album. Phases contains songs from ISS’s past four full-lengths and will be released on August 28.
Frontman Devin Oliver’s well-known high vocals fit beautifully with drummer Andrew Oliver’s lower tone to enhance the emotion the songs already carried before being stripped down.
The Oliver brothers posted a message describing the inspiration behind creating this album: “During our long 10 year journey, full of ups and downs; at the end of each ‘phase’ resulted in a brand new record. We felt that it was finally time to reflect, something we’ve wanted to do for years. We’ve written so many songs together, and have been through so much as both friends and band-mates. Inspired and renewed we went to work testing sounds and getting out of our comfort zone to create something that could say it all. Every record we’ve written has different colors and shades. We felt these songs could come together as a ‘cheers’ to every show we’ve played, every person we’ve met, every year we shared pouring our hearts into ISS since 2005.”
As someone who’s been a longtime fan of the band, I appreciate how personal Phases sounds, and I think you will too.
A video for “Murder Mitten” was released at the end of last month and can be watched here.
Phases is currently streaming below:
Phases includes songs from I See Stars’ previous albums and four cover songs. The track-listing is below:
- “Murder Mitten” (From New Demons)
- “The Common Hours” (From 3-D)
- “Youth” (Daughter cover)
- “Digital Renegade” (From Digital Renegade)
- “3D” (From 3-D)
- “Latch” (Sam Smith cover)
- “New Demons” (From New Demons)
- “Take Me to Church” (Hozier cover)
- “Glow” (From The End of the World Party)
- “Your Love” (The Outfield cover)
- “What This Means to Me” (From 3-D)
Phases can be pre-ordered here.
I See Stars is going on tour supporting Phases with For The Win and Alive In Standby. Tour dates are below:
Sep 25 The Pike Room Pontiac, MI
Sep 26 KOI Music Fest Kitchener, Canada
Sep 27 The Low Beat Albany, NY
Sep 29 Iggy’s Toledo, OH
Sep 30 The Waiting Room Buffalo, NY
Oct 01 Simon’s 677 Providence, RI
Oct 02 Heirloom Arts Theatre Danbury, CT
Oct 03 The Studio at Webster Hall New York, NY
Oct 04 Gamechanger World Freehold, NJ
Oct 06 The Smiling Moose Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 07 Agora Ballroom Cleveland, OH
Oct 08 Emerson Theater Indianapolis, IN
Oct 09 Firebird Saint Louis, MO
Oct 10 Blue Moose Iowa City, IA
Oct 11 The Abbey Chicago, IL