Released: May 25, 2018
℗ 2018 Tallboy Records
Pop underground band Starbelly made a splash in 1998 with Lemon Fresh, its debut CD from Not Lame. Indie critics welcomed the band's sound and placed the album among the year's best releases. The trio is comprised of drummer Greg Schroeder, guitarist Bryan Ewald, and bassist Dennis Schocket. Each member also sings and contributes as a songwriter. Not Lame put out the band's second release, Everyday and Then Some, in 2002. Despite its upbeat music, the album contains a few songs that were inspired by the serious topic of loss. "Baby's Eyes" focuses on the loss a parent feels when a child leaves the nest, while "Broken Hearts in Stereo" deals with separation and the band's loss of one of its members. ~ Linda Seida
Jangly guitars, harmonies and hooks are emboldened by the strong songwriting duo of Cliff Hillis and Dennis Schocket. Bryan Ewald has mastered George Harrison’s slide technique and Greg Schroeder hits his drums with furious precision. After years of music making, "Four" finds the band all grown up. Lyrics touch on a father’s passing (The Boy Who Learned How to Cry), a suffragette’s fight for equality (She Will Go On), life changes (Lay Low), and a beleaguered rock star’s obsession with "making it" (Danny Opus).
All supported by crisp, clean production, "Four" is a testament to good song writing and performance. These Starbelly guys are seasoned pros having supported such notables as Warren Zanes, Pat DiNizio, and Patty Smyth.
"Starbelly exists as a part of nature.
They will go forever, draping the world in beautiful harmonies.
But only with this recording has their glory been properly captured.
Much-needed and long-awaited, this is their finest yet.
Feed on this and grow stronger!" Warren Zanes (Author, Petty: The Biography)