Daystar – Off Our Heads

Impact date: 03/10/11 (Stone Soup Arts)

     Manchester‘s Daystar return with the second single from their debut album. ‘Off Our Heads‘ is an unashamedly northern take on the notion of escapism from the realities of unemployment and life in the built up urban environment. The song evokes feelings of nostalgia and stoic melancholy (and that ubiquitous sense of regret over ‘lost love’).

   Influenced in equal measure by the 60s, the legendary Brian Wilson and (the equally legendary) Syd Barrett, the single sees the band demonstrate the versatility of their indie-rock style. An anthem for the insomniac on a hypnotic summer’s night, with an extended psychedelic ending. The Daystar world domination master-plan is stepping up a gear.

Watch the official video for ‘Off Our Heads’ here:

See Daystar Live:

Sun 25th September (Stage Time 7.40) MANCHESTER – Supporting Viva Brother @ Manchester Club Academy

Sat 22nd October (Stage Times TBC) SHEFFIELD – Oxjam Festival (More info soon)

Sat 5th November (Stage Times TBC) MANCHESTER – Moho Live in Northern Quarter (Headlining)

Daystar on TV again! 

ESPN ‘s Talk of the Terrace  invited Daystar to come back in and play ‘Off Our Heads’. They’ll also discuss which football team each member supports. The guys are split between rival Manchester teams; Manchester United and Manchester City. footage below

Listen to DaystarOff Our Heads (via our Soundcloud)


Daystar – Slip and Dive

Release Date: 28th February 2011 (Stone Soup)

Produced by Mansun engineer Ronnie Stone, ‘Slip And Dive’ owes much of its style to a Sixties mod influence ( – as do the band themselves, based on evidence of the YouTube video for the single below), wrapped up in a Nineties package, and delivered with present day panache and vibe.  “We like to think of it as our equivalent to The Who’s Can’t Explain, or You Really Got Me by The Kinks. We see it as powerful yet interesting, raw but with a certain quirky quality and a promise of bigger things to come.” explain Daystar. With their first album already in the bag, these hardworking young men bring with them the same ethos I saw all those years ago, with another, now mega-famous, Manchester band (Oasis). Daystar are rapidly garnering massive support, and may well prove to be the forerunners of the next wave to put the Manchester music scene back on the map.

Check out the video for “Slip and Dive” here: