The Glowing Stars on the cover of San Jose Metro

 

We’re a mere three days away from this weekend’s #rockage event at the San Jose Woman’s Club! This epic two-day event features 20 rock bands (including yours truly) and 50 free-play arcades! There’s no better way to mix our two loves – music and video games.

This event takes place this Saturday, February 11! Check out our SHOWS page for details and ticket info.

We’re also featured on the cover of this week’s San Jose Metro! If you’re in the area, pick one up! If you aren’t, you can check out the full feature in the paper at this link below:

SAN JOSE ROCKAGE FESTIVAL BRINGS OLD-SCHOOL GAMING AND CHIP MUSIC TO SILICON VALLEY

We can’t wait to rock with you guys in the South Bay! Don’t forget, Matthew Joseph Payne will be performing his solo chip set that day, too!

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Where are we now?

Above: Science and Honor! With Angel Nova of The Phenomenauts at The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz
Photo by AJAPOPFILMS

Our last few shows were a blast! East Bay Mini Maker Faire was a success and Matt spent most of the day teaching attendees how to mod their old Game Boys. We had an awesome lineup of chip artists from all over the Bay Area, including Doctor Popular, starpause, E.N. Cowell and A_Rival. We were also lucky to have Max Capacity and Adam Scradam return for visuals. Doc and Matt even found a bit of a break in the day-long event to hold an impromptu jam session with Nanoloop and banjo in the middle of the fairgrounds!


Doctor Popular and Matt Payne pumpin’ the jam.


Our East Bay Mini Maker Faire PulsewaveSF table!


Starpause with his shirt off before noon.

A_Rival x Max Capacity

PoW !

The following week, we played a really fun rock show with The Phenomenauts and The Bloodtypes at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz. Now, we’ve played some rockin’ shows, but this one was definitely rockin’ in its own special way. I think all of the bands had amazing energy, fun outfits, and just overall knew how to put on a show. Major thanks to Grand Fanali Presents for booking this for us. Also thanks to AJAPOPFILMS for documenting the event. Matt and I dressed up as Chell and Rat Man from Portal 2. He even made a Companion Cube at the last minute out of cardboard, foam, and felt!

With The Bloodtypes!

We capped off that weekend with our last show of the year at Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco with the super sexy, freakin’ funky Planet Booty, Easystreet, and Hottub DJs. It hasn’t been a month yet since our last show, and I thought we’d be able to have a nice, restful break, but things are picking up speed again.

With January coming up in less than two months, we’re finishing up our split release with Milwaukee friends Awkward Terrible. We absolutely adore those guys and can’t wait ’til they arrive in January to release this ish with us! Also on the plate is our second album, but that’s further down the line. Some of you guys were able to catch our new song at one of our last shows. We’ll be able to release some samples online soon. We’ll also have some new merch available soon, so stay tuned! Our 1-year anniversary is also coming up, and we’ll have a few special things revolving around that as well.

xoxo,

-lc

The Big Live LIVE Show: Live and Red Devil Lounge

Photo by AJAPOPFILMS

We’d like to thank Convergence Fest for giving us the opportunity to play an amazing show in our hometown with an equally amazing lineup. It was an honor to share the stage with Teenage Sweater, Planet Booty, and The Bran Flakes! Thanks also to all who showed up! Be sure to share your photos with us on our Facebook Fan Page!

We have a few more events in the works for September. Our next “show” will actually be on this notorious internet. We’ll be doing a small set during Whiskey Media’s Big Live LIVE Show: Live on Friday, September 9! Not sure what that is? Probably all you need to know about it is in this video:

Our next live live show will be Wednesday, September 28 for Jonathan Mann’s 1000th Song-A-Day and Album Release Show at Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco. Sorry, kids. This show is 21+.

Please visit our Shows page for more details! Also, there’s still time for you to nominate the next The Glowing Stars cover song right HERE!

A huge news day for us!

In late August, we were interviewed by our two local publications, San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Bay Guardian. Today, they’re both published and in print! But don’t worry, they’re also online. Check them out at the links below! If you’re in the area, be sure to grab a copy!

San Francisco Bay Guardian | Reprogramming the hardware

San Francisco Chronicle | The Glowing Stars taps Game Boy for its chiptune

Photo cube!

We (or just Lizzie) have been documenting our quest along the way with Instagram, a free app for iPhone that lets you use retro-inspired filters over your photos. We chose a few and created a printable photo cube via Printsgram, and wanted to share it with you! Now you can print it, cut it, and assemble it, making a nice little papercraft for your desk, shelf, or what have you. Enjoy!

Download the .pdf here!

 

 

Quest Complete!

Photo by AJAPOPFILMS

That’s it. Tour’s over. We’re both happy and sad that our Quest Coast Tour with crashfaster has come to an end. Though, we did close it pretty epically with our homecoming show at PulsewaveSF at DNA Lounge. Our good friends Awkward Terrible joined us for this show, as well as starpause and Bit Shifter. Thanks to all who came out to this truly special event! We had an awesome opening video by AJAPOPFILMS, played some new material that we’ve been working on, had a m-f-ing HORNS section (thanks to Dustin Smurthwaite of Ladies & Gentlemen and Uiliami Fihaki!), and then we joined crashfaster during his set for his song “Time” and a cover of Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So.”

We updated our Photos page on this site, but here are a few of our favorites from that night, courtesy of AJAPOPFILMS:

Since Awkward Terrible was in town, we started working on our split recording with them. We spent two days recording our songs and it’s turning out really well. We plan to release this split with them as a limited edition 7″ vinyl, but we have no set date for this yet.

Now that tour is over and our debut EP is released (YOU DID LISTEN TO IT, DIDN’T YOU???), Matt is in full baby mode with his first baby due any day now. We’re taking a short break for a few months. In that time, we’ll be working individually on some new material. I’ll also be doing some The Glowing Stars stuff solo at PAX Prime next month in Seattle, as well as some collaborations with crashfaster.

By the way, if you pre-ordered the limited edition EP (on USB Game Boy cartridges), those are shipping/have already been shipped! If you have any questions, send us an e-mail at theglowingstarsband[@]gmail[.]com. We don’t bite! We also have some extras reserved for sale. We may release some on our online store in the future.

Well, until next time! Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook! We also have a YouTube channel so you can relive the Quest Coast Tour memories with us!

-lc

Quest Coast Tour Diary #3

Gosh, I thought this would be a brief post, but so many things happened in the last 24 hours. We’re currently in Kirkland, WA staying with our dear friend Salisbury after having played an EPIC show last night at Pink Gorilla in Seattle. I try to choose when I use the word “epic” wisely, but I’d say this time would be very appropriate… wouldn’t you think?

Above: Blood splatter – a sign of copious amounts of rocking out. Photo by AJAPOPFILMS

Also, two great videos went live yesterday. The one above is a short montage of our journey to Portland, OR, plus some live footage of our set at Backspace. We’ll be posting another one soon of our Seattle portion of the tour, but first, here’s the video from the Song-A-Day thing we did for Jonathan Mann last Thursday:

For those who missed the livestream two days ago on songatron.com, we and crashfaster spent all day tracking instrumental parts on this song. Crashfaster tracked Game Boy and vocoder, I tracked some guitar, and Matt tracked –wait for it– bass, toy piano, accordion, organ, and synthesizer, and we all tracked some handclaps. Matt also choreographed our dance for the song. Check it out at the end of the video.

Today, we’re heading back to Portland, OR to party at a house show and say goodbye to our friends there. I personally am not ready to go back to the Bay Area, but we’ll see you all at our homecoming show at DNA Lounge on July 7! You can already get advance tickets here.

I asked Matt if he had a quote for the end of this post:

“Pfff, no. Too early for that.” -Matt Payne


Photo by AJAPOPFILMS

-lc