Starlings

Short-lived Sheffield four-piece Starlings were born from a mutual love of the city’s electronic music legacy. Influenced by the song writing and production of Simple Minds, Heaven 17 and Talk Talk, Starlings infuse Balearic dance with synths dub guitars and psychedelic choruses. Produced by Richard Norris (The Grid / Beyond The Wizard Sleeve / Time Space Machine) the band released three singles in quick succession, rekindling the city’s spiritual sound for modern ears and reminding us that the steel city was once as close spiritually and musically to Detroit and Düsseldorf as it is geographically to Doncaster. Effervescent front man Justin Robson fizzed with the flair of Jim Kerr as the band shaped and created their trademark ‘Balearic Indie’ sound. Flying high, supporting Fenech-Soler, Kele (Bloc Party), The Whip, Maximo Park and Gary Numan they were named “One’s to Watch” by Q, NME, The Guardian & Metro among others. However, after imploding prior to finalising their debut LP, Starlings are now extinct.