Premiere

Stars – “Ship To Shore” Video

Montreal indie-pop staples Stars have the unique ability of writing songs that will make you want to simultaneously dance and cry. Today, they’re premiering their bouncy new single, “Ship To Shore,” plus accompanying visuals by Natalka Proszak featuring nautical Super-8 footage and vintage how-to videos.

“Ship To Shore” pivots from the band’s last sprawling full-length, last year’s There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light, into dancier territory topped with a disco sheen. While Stars have undergone several sonic developments since their founding in 2000, the band has maintained their singular brand of emotional electro-pop throughout, and that through-line continues here.

The new song even slips in a nod to the band’s fave, Robert Smith, when Amy Millan sings, “You played me the Cure/ ‘Friday I’m In Love’/ It’s so good it hurts.” Milan explains that the “disco dirge” is a remembrance of her late friend, John Bil:

Diligent and ferocious in his love for life, he always shared the best of everything. So for all of us lost at sea looking for friendship ports, raise a glass, have a dance, share the feeling. We love your love. Xostars

Check out the song and video below.

Stars have a lot of tour dates coming up, including some new ones in June we’re announcing today:

04/12 – Moncton, NB @ Tide & Boar Gastropub
04/13 – Halifax, NS @ The Marquee Ballroom
04/14 – Fredericton, NB @ Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market
04/15 – Portland, ME @ AURA
04/16 – Boston, MA @ Royale
04/17 – Providence, RI @ Fete Music Hall
04/19 – Fairfield, CT @ The Warehouse
04/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
04/21 – Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music Hall
04/22 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
04/23 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
04/24 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
04/25 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
06/11 – Victoria, BC @ Capital Ballroom
06/12 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theater
06/13 – Seattle, Washington @ Neptune
06/14 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
06/16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
06/17 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium
06/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
06/19 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up
06/20 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
06/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
06/23 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
06/25 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
06/26 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
06/27 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
08/02-05 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza