Did you know Kim plays trumpet too (along with voice, acoustic guitar, and piano, etc)? Not many do it seems. Well, that’s all about to change when the new Folkstar album is released. Folkstar’s new album Loud and Clearincludes a jazzy number called “Abolitionists” which features Kim’s trumpet, including a trumpet solo! We can’t wait to share the whole, real deal with you!
We’ll be up in Raleigh this Saturday (April 27th) performing twice in one day!
First we hit the stage @2:20pm at the Pour House Music Hall during a huge day of bands, raffles, and speakers all to benefit Interact of Wake County. Later in the evening @9pm we’ll be performing a longer set at Brewmasters. We’d like to see you at one or both events. Please come chat with us after our sets!
We can’t wait to share our new album with you. We’ve been working extremely hard on Loud and Clear and it’s going to change your life.
We’re so excited about Loud and Clear because it not only reflects our musical growth, but also presents our thoughts and experiences in a very candid way. We address subjects such as life and death, suicide and dreams, the flaws of our society and the beauty of our world. The title track tells the story of Sue’s hearing loss. It also talks about a “wake up call” which is a common theme throughout the album. Once again you will be moved by music with substance. Remember those days?
We’d like to see you. We’ve got two shows in Raleigh on Saturday, April 27. You can catch us as part of the Benefit for Interact at The Pour House Music Hall at 12:30pm. We’ll be sharing the bill with some extraordinary local talent. Then we’ll be at Brewmasters at 8pm. with Maya Sings. We’d love to see you at one or both shows. Please come talk to us afterward. You can find more info here.
Finally, pretty please help us win a really cool contest. All you’ve got to do is post a comment, that’s it! We submitted two new songs (A-side: “Could You Be” and B-side: “Fabrication”) to a contest that will award the winner with 500 copies of a 7″ vinyl single. How cool would it be if Folkstar won!! Especially with the new album coming out soon! While the judges ultimately decide, they do weigh support. Leave a comment at the bottom of this page telling them how much you’d like to see us win! Maybe on this page too, but we’re not posted yet. Some amazing bands in this contest, seriously tough competition.
We look forward to seeing you at the shows and interacting with you on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. We’ve been posting some behind the scenes studio footage you don’t want to miss!
Thank you for your support! We’re so glad to be sharing this journey with you!
-Kim and Sue
We are pleased to announce that Loud and Clear is the title of Folkstar’s forthcoming sophomore album release. We speak our minds on this album, with songs covering life and death, suicide and dreams, the flaws of our society and the beauty of our world. The title track tells the story of Sue’s hearing loss. It also talks about a “wake up call” which is a common theme throughout the album.
Loud and Clear is a huge 16-track album, by far more ambitious and bold than anything we’ve done in our lives. We never thought we’d have the guts to tackle teen bullying and suicide in the song “It Gets Better” (for the It Gets Better Project). We’re taking risks exposing our manufactured lives in “Fabrication” and “Everybody Knows.” We even explore animal exploitation in “Human” and through a jazz number called “Abolitionists.” Crowd favorite and epic song about love and dreams “Could You Be” is on there as well, along with another epic song about how we give up our dreams called “Dream Thieves.” We also wrote about death in “Final Curtain,” as well as “New Eyes,” which is about losing someone you love dearly and trying to find meaning in the despair. Of course there are still songs about love such as “Trampoline” and “Ice Queen,” reminiscent of our debut album Emotional Bootcamp. No album would be complete without including the topic that is really the origin of all writing, songs, and poetry.
You’ll still hear some of our folk roots come through on songs such as “Outcast,” but we think most of Loud and Clear is much more rockin’ than our last album. We’re not sure you can call us folk-rock after some of these songs. Perhaps we’ll go more folky on our next album! We’ve also got some extra fun instrumentation on here. For instance, you’ll get to hear Kim play trumpet! Did you know that Kim’s first instrument was the trumpet? Well, now you’ll get to hear her play on record! We’ve also got some interesting sound effects on the title track that mimic the distortion Sue hears in her left ear.
Plus, we’ve got stellar guest appearances! Dylan Linehan tears it up on piano on “Dream Thieves” and she’ll make you cry on “Afterglow.” Leslie Wiegle’s beautiful voice can be heard on “Something New” and “Afterglow.” Nic Martinez rocks the bass on “Natural High.” And Preston Luce lends his sweet cello work on “Afterglow.” Are we giving too much away?
Besides writing about our experiences and what’s on our minds as usual, some of the inspiration for Loud and Clear came from listening to the radio. We feel music really lacks substance these days. Maybe all of life does. Maybe we’re just too absorbed in frivolous entertainment to care. We wanted to put something out there that meant a little more. We decided to allow ourselves to take that risk. We should be able to be bold and say how we feel, as it is the mark of true artistry.
An even larger portion of the inspiration for Loud and Clear came from living our dreams. Like most people, we spent most of our lives ignoring our dreams and pushing down what we really wanted to do with our lives. That’s been impossible to continue to do while working on these songs. We may have ignored signs in the past that exposed our true paths in life, and we may continue to do so on certain levels because we are still flawed. But we are stepping out now, standing tall, and telling it all, loudly and clearly.