The Eastern Stars debut with July 5th, 1961. New York folk singers Rob Corradetti and Kaia Wong got together in the Summer of 2004 to record this album on an 8-track in Rob’s basement in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
The Eastern Stars take their name from Masonic roots. The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both men and women may belong, so they’re all about male/female unity. Their influences are mainly bands which feature a dual boy/girl lead vocals (The Vaselines, The Mamas and the Papas, Galaxie 500, and fellow New Yorkers, The Moldy Peaches) or use multiple “tripped out” voices (Pink Floyd, Love, Sonic Youth). They are also influenced by the Northwest sounds of mid-nineties K and Kill Rock Star bands such as The Softies, Beat Happening, Beck, Heavenly, Elliot Smith, and Lois. I really like the songs They Know What To Do, Little Punk (very 60s psych-pop), The Ticket That Exploded, In Russian Blue and Secret #. All are relatively short with only 3 songs on the whole album going over 3 minutes.