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Local Band Q&A: 13 Stars
• Why: Oklahoma City's 13 Stars is known by its fans for writing power pop with substance, and the band's latest EP, "These Places," is no exception. After laying low a bit over the summer, they are back in full effect and sounding tighter than ever.• When: 10 p.m. Saturday. • Where: Bricktown Brewery, 1 N Oklahoma. Q: What influences do you bring to 13 Stars? What is your muse? A:Scott Starns, lead vocals and guitar: You know, coming into this band I was just the biggest Smashing Pumpkins fan — I couldn't get enough Smashing Pumpkins. When I was younger, I was into a lot heavier stuff, and I came to a point in my life where I was ready to do something totally different — a lot poppier, catchier stuff. That's kind of what our goal was when we set out with this band. Jason (Deal, guitars and backing vocals) and I do all the songwriting, and I want a lot of hooks in there, but at the same time, I want it to be taken seriously — have some substance, and not just be, you know, cheesy pop. I can come up with hooks, and I have Jason to back it up with a little more substance. A:Jason Deal, guitar: Personally, I went through every phase ever, like grunge and metal and all that kinda indie rock, and like he just said, he's usually got the main melody, and I just kinda add the layers. He's got the main idea, and I just kinda tweak it and polish it off. A: Mike Mosteller, drums: I've pretty much studied music since I was, like, two or three years old, as far as listening to it and kind of figuring it all out, so I just always try to feel out the songs and, you know, Scott or Jason come to the table with a certain idea or guitar riff. It's not one of those things where I wanna go home for like a week and try to come up with some weird drum pattern to go with it that doesn't really make any sense — just the first thing off the top of my head. I try to feel what it is that they're feeling and just try to compliment that.
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