Hi there, to whom am I speaking with and what do you do in the band?
and Dagger: hi
there, this is Von Hesseling. I am the lead
singer for Star and Dagger.
STS: You are about to release your debut album (Tomorrowland Blues). Can we
get a preview of things we can expect from the release?
Von: We are thrilled to be releasing
Tomorrowland Blues this summer. Fans can expect a big dose of heavy rock,
played by women who know what that means. We have some guest stars helping us
out on our August tour. Michael Brueggen from Honky will be on drums, Ethan
Allen from Gram Rabbit is our extra guitar. And of course Sean Yseult on bass,
Dava She Wolf, lead guitar round out the band. We've been having a blast
playing the album live, so I expect it will be a party!
What kind of
things did you draw on?
Von: We drew on
our own bizarre ideas of destruction and redemption. The atmosphere of New
Orleans and Joshua Tree. Manhattan and whiskey figure prominently in our brain
pans as well. We've definitely created our own world. Where hard rocking
women still dress up for dinner, and recording an album is the epitome of
glamour. Stones in morocco, is our template.
The album gets
going with “In My Blood” which you
released on vinyl. How well has this been received?
Von: Our first release, an EP out on
last Hurrah records was a wonderful entree for us. In My Blood is the title
track, and it really sums up our sound. It's meaty and melodic, with dark
visuals. The album did wonderfully. People love the vinyl these days. The
artwork is gorgeous too, as well as having blood covered clear vinyl.
Do you think
that this is any indication on how the
new album will fair?
Von: I think our full length album will
do just as well. We really move some merchandise, especially after we play.
Which I take as a good sign that were doing something right.
Your sound has been
described as “The perfect blend of Black
Sabbath and Valley of the Dolls.” Would you agree?
Von: Lina Licaro from LAWeekly made
that comparison and of course we loved it. If you've seen our video for
"your momma was a grifter" you can see that comparison in action!
Is there any
one else that you would include in that
think we aren't compared to too many other bands because our sound really is
unique. I don't have people coming to us after shows saying you remind me of
this or that. Which is so refreshing.
band has attracted a lot of attention. You played a sold out show in LA and
opened for a slue of big name acts. What does this mean to you?
Von: We've been fortunate to have some
great friends invite us along on some pretty special events. Phil Anselmo just
asked us to participate in his house core horror fest in Austin, Tx in
October. So it helps to have been in the business as long as people like Sean
and Dava have been, but you're not going to get that invite unless they believe
in your music. It's really an honor.
that fans and readers should know
about the album?
Von: The album features a special Star
and Dagger game board on the back to play with your buddies over shots of
The last question,
if you were able share the stage
with anyone (passed on or still kicking) whom would it be and why?
personal dream would be to have an Iggy Pop David Bowie sandwich if you know
what I mean.