About a year and a half ago, I helped judge a high school battle of the bands for MITS, the Music in the Schools project. Aside from being a total blast, it introduced me to a few new acts to keep an eye on, with Starparty standing out. I'd write about the band at length shortly thereafter.
"Sleep When You're Dead" is the kind of song that made me excited about Starparty in the first place. Catchy, smart, punky with a pop safety net below (that same mood is in the video: These kids like punk, but they're not too crazy); the tune has been stuck in my head since bassist Raine Frederickson sent an early version of it my way a couple months ago. This is the sound of a young group finding its forte and graduating from high school band status. They play with an unrehearsed passion that most bands wish they could still dig down and find. I can't get enough of that. (If you're like me, you can download the MP3 here.)