Stardeath and White Dwarfs is the brainchild of Flaming Lips extended family member Dennis Coyne (vocals), Lips drummer Matt Duckworth (drums), Casey Joseph (bass) and Ford Chastain (guitar). Here’s your exclusive first listen to “Wastoid.”
I sat down with Oklahoma City-based Stardeath frontman Dennis Coyne at Saint’s Pub last week, and he immediately pointed out that the band has been making music in one form or another for nearly a decade now. Stardeath has remained Coyne’s main music focus and “Wastoid” has been in the works for nearly five years. It’s been a long road and even the title track took a strange journey to make it on the new album.
Several months ago, Duckworth and Coyne were on a road trip to Fort Worth and revisited a demo version of the song “Wastoid.” It sparked the duo’s interest and ended up making the album only a couple of days before it was due.
If he didn’t have that on his iPod then it wouldn’t be on the record,” Coyne said.
My interview with Coyne was one of the first times he has spoken about “Wastoid.” He said he feels like the entire album is more focused and takes a more linear direction as opposed to the mixtape style of the band’s first full-length, “The Birth.” Worth noting, Chrome Pony (a.k.a. Steven Battles) helped write this track and lent his vocals to it too. Also most of the album was recorded at Bell Labs in Norman.
Remember, “Wastoid” gets its release July 29 on Dave Sitek’s Federal Prism label and an Oklahoma City release show is in the works for early August.