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Brooklyn's Dead Stars stop at 4Knots in a circuit of summer shows

Dead Stars opened 4Knots Music Festival 2014.
Dead Stars opened 4Knots Music Festival 2014.
Cary Whittier

Ahead of nine other acts who played at 4Knots Music Festival 2014, Brooklyn newcomers Dead Stars opened the day with an early set and a sound that founded the day's unofficial theme: '90s grunge and indie rock.

In an interview with, band members Jeff and Jaye Moore recalled early influences forming as they saw live rock acts pass through their local nightclub during the 1990s in Jacksonville, Florida. In June, the self-described "fuzz pop" band just released and toured its debut album, Slumber -- an effort that sounds like an extra nerdy Dinosaur Jr. record with flaring vocals like Elvis Costello. Dead Stars returned to New York City to play 4Knots on July 11, and they'll play the Gigawatts Festival on July 18.

Dead Stars enjoyed the rest of the day at 4Knots Music Festival in the company of other musicians mingling on a boat and meeting press through the "junket" -- an exciting adventure for a newly introduced group.

The band has been together since 2009 and they released an EP in 2013. After several labels offered record deals, the band signed to Old Flame Records for Slumber. Before the summer ends, Dead Stars plans to begin writing its second album.

"Just trying to keep as busy as possible... just keep cranking out the music," lead singer and guitarist Jeff Moore said.

The band will play Ohio's MidPoint Festival in September, and then record the second album with a planned release around SXSW 2015. For more on Dead Stars, Like their Facebook page or check out their music on Bandcamp.

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