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Stars' Chris Seligman: "We're Fascinated By Being Alive"

Canadian indie rockers Stars headline Fitzgerald's tonight, on tour in support of their sixth full-length studio album, The North.

"We're feeling pretty good about things," says Chris Seligman, the band's keyboardist and co-founder. "The energy in the band is good. And from what I can tell, some of the reviews have been good, too."

Six albums in, Stars still manages to bring a fresh sound to The North, while incorporating plenty of elements that their die-hard fans will appreciate. The band, having learned from their previous records, began recording The North hoping to explore some new terrain.

"We really wanted to push ourselves, and I definitely feel that there's an openness to the record," Seligman says. "We kind of wanted to see the musical elements relate to each other by relying on the core energy, capturing that moment in time as opposed to building from one idea to the next, which we've done in the past.

We really wanted to capture everyone's energy at the same time and, in that way, this record might not be as self-conscious," he continues. "We worked harder in general -- we wrote more songs, and we really pushed each other."

Far from self-conscious, Stars' albums have usually been almost unnervingly honest. The messiness of love and relationships is a common theme in the band's music, but just as much so is the idea of perseverance. Those themes don't only resonate in the band members' personal lives, but in the dynamic of the band itself as well.

Sure, the members have had their tiffs and disagreements -- they've been together nearly 15 years now -- but they've always persevered, powered through and concentrated on putting out a solid finished product. They've endured through more than most bands, and Seligman feels that they're closer because of it.

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Matt is a regular contributor to the Houston Press’ music section. He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in print journalism and global business. Matt first began writing for the Press as an intern, having accidentally sent his resume to the publication's music editor instead of the news chief. After half a decade of attending concerts and interviewing musicians, he has credited this fortuitous mistake to divine intervention.
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