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Stardust Circus • Turn This Up To XXI!!

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I let out a joyful sigh.

Okay, not to come off like some hot shit because I’m not, but I get sent new music almost on a daily basis and when I received this album from Stardust Circus, I was taken for a bit of a loop. The album opens up with the ultra cool, ultra slick “War Overture“. I don’t know why, but I’m thinking, “Oh cool. An electronica album. I love me some electronica.” “War Overture” bleeds into “The Right To Break The Law” and the very 80’s sounding guitar fade into the track and I let out a joyful sigh. For as much as I love electronica, I will always love the Rock more.

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You can thank Mr. No-talent pussy, Bret Michaels for my total disdain.

Belarusian Glam Rock (That’s right. I said Glam Rock) group, Stardust Circus formed in Minsk in 2009 and they’ve been keeping the flame of a once forgotten rock subgenre burning good and bright. Listen, I was tempted to gag when I read this band’s bio and saw that they were listed as “Glam”, but that wouldn’t exactly be fair. I loath Glam. Sorry, but it’s true, I just do. You can thank Mr. No-talent pussy, Bret Michaels for my total disdain. So yeah, I was this close to writing off these Belarusian boys. And then I started listening to the album more intently. This was not Glam rock. Sure maybe SC’s look screamed Glam, but their music was anything but. There are of course elements of Glam rockness to their music, but what the fuck? To each their own, right?

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Along with brutalizing guitar riffs, there is an overwhelming sense of fun throughout…

Everyone from Stardust Circus from frontman Dave Loretti, Stevie Black, guitarist, J.J., drummer Max Impreza, and bassist, Alex Coyd each bring their own sense of pretty impressive musicianship; something that they showcase time and again in their very excellent debut album, Monkeys of XXI. Every song is one non-stop rocker after another. Along with brutalizing guitar riffs, there is an overwhelming sense of fun through out this 38-minute rocker. Once you reach the end of the album, I just dare you not to replay the whole album from the beginning.

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