Stars – “Backlines”

The two songs we’ve heard already from Stars’ forthcoming The North — “The Theory Of Relativity” and “Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It” — have been lush, upbeat synth-pop gems showcasing the band at their most buoyant. “Backlines” features a more sweeping, dynamic approach; Amy Millan’s vocal leads the song, and she’s backed by a string section, among other instrumentation. But it’s every bit as sweet and sun-soaked as the tracks that preceded it. Such a drag this thing isn’t out till September because these songs are pure summer. Check it out below, along with tour dates and full track list.

09/20 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
09/21 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
09/22 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
09/23 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
09/25 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater
09/26 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
09/27 – Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre
09/28 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
09/29 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
10/02 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
10/03 – Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theatre
10/04 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe @ Old National Centre
10/05 – St. Louis, MO @ Plush
10/06 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
10/09 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
10/10 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
10/11 – Little Rock, AR @ Revolution Music Room
10/12 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
10/13 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre
10/14 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/17 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
10/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theater
10/19 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre
10/20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
11/07 – Portland, OR @ The Aladdin Theatre
11/08 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
11/09 – Victoria, BC @ Save on Centre
11/10 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
11/12 – Kelowna, BC @ Prospera Place
11/14 – Calgary, AB @ Stampede Corral
11/15 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
11/17 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
11/19 – London, ON @ John Labatt Centre
11/23 – Kingston, ON @ K-Rock Centre
11/24 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre

Here’s the The North’s tracklist:
01 “The Theory of Relativity”
02 “Backlines”
03 “The North”
04 “Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It”
05 “Through The Mines”
06 “Do You Want To Die Together?”
07 “Lights Changing Colour”
08 “The Loose Ends Will Make Knots”
09 “A Song Is A Weapon”
10 “Progress”
11 “The 400?
12 “Walls”

The North is due out 09/4 via ATO.

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