Certain Stars is proud to announce the arrival of The Great Destroyer- their second full-length CD (and third CD, overall.) Fans of Power Pop, Garage Rock, and straight up Rock 'n' Roll should love The Great Destroyer! This 11-song CD, on Cuba Libre Records, clocks in just under 38 minutes, but is a major step forward for the band. Still writing powerpop songs laden with melodic hooks in the vein of the Replacements and Superchunk,
The Great Destroyer finds the band rocking as hard as they did on their last CD release, 2007's Wired for Sound (EP). But recording and mixing over the course of two years at Milwaukee's HOWL Street Studios, the band has also layered piano, trumpet, mandolin, bowed cymbals, sleigh bells, glockenspiel, acoustic guitar (and studio magic), to make their most mature-sounding album.
Already known for their driving rock sound, The Great Destroyer finds Certain Stars hitting their stride on songs such as "Cake and Eat It Too Girls", "Right On", and "Haunt Your House". But songs such as "Of Metal", and the beer-soaked country anthem "Dirty Girl", also find the band hitting a groove at down tempos.
Songs on The Great Destroyer explore the human condition, but it's left up to the listener to discern what is real, made up, exaggerated, or just a metaphor. Certain Stars has hit its rock 'n' roll stride on this 11-song full length, out now on Cuba Libre Records.
"The Great Destroyer (single) soaks in piss-and-vinegar vengeance as it manages a Big Star reference and a couple of sparkly hooks that would do Pavement proud ." ~the Shepherd Express (Milwaukee)
The Onion's AV Club had this to say about the advanced "the Great Destroyer" 7" single: "If this is a sneak peek of what’s in store for Certain Stars’ next full-length, the group is headed in the right direction."