Words: Jordan Gorsuch
The Other Stars are an up-and-coming pop-punk band from Worcester, MA. Their heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics relate to a simpler time in high school - a time when our problems seemed insurmountable, and our selfishness was on full display. The leading track “You Looked Better at the Party” plays with the idea of teenaged arrogance and lack of perspective. Guitar/vocalist Connor Bird grapples with the idea of drinking and having fun and whether getting into trouble is “funny anymore” he concludes that “no, it isn’t very funny anymore.”
I tracked down Connor and asked him a few questions regarding The Other Star’s latest EP We Were Kids.
The Grey Estates:What is the fascination with the color green? Does it mean something to you?
Connor: A lot of the repetitious lyrics like that on the EP are kind of themes that were floating around in my head at the time of writing. I was reading Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger, and the story “Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes” really struck me. Then I had this friend who had green eyes, but they looked brown unless you looked really close, which was fitting I guess. So it became a loose theme.
TGE: There is also a repetition of the theme of ‘homes ’within the EP. Why does it matter so much that people look at these places as a ‘home?’ What does the word mean to you?
Conor: I think it’s a pretty important thing for people, to feel like they’re at home. Not just where you live, or a sense of stability, but with the people you’re surrounded by too. Really anything that gives you that comforting feeling. I don’t think it’s necessarily inherent in classic examples like the nuclear family either, like some people expect it to be. It can come in all shapes and sizes. And I think we’ve all had times where we don’t feel at home anymore, which can be pretty lonely.
TGE: How long have you been a band/how long did the EP take to record? Any problems that you didn’t see coming?
Connor: We’ve been a band for about a year and a half. It’s funny you ask that, because about halfway through our scheduled recording time for the EP we got hit by a huge blizzard and had to put everything on hold, and since the studio had already booked up for a few months we had to go in on a lot of random nights to finish up. So that was definitely an unexpected problem. We had a lot of fun doing it though.
TGE: Young love is complicated and harrowing, often we can feel slighted by people we are attracted to without them knowing…how do you feel these songs should be observed? Do you find the narrator to be rightfully upset and worried about his future? Or do you think he still has a lot of growing up to do?
Conor: I think that sometimes you can feel like you’ve come a long way and matured a lot, then someone can strike you a certain way where you lose sight of all of that, which isn’t really their fault, but it can antagonize a situation when it goes sour. It’s tough to reflect on though, because after a while it tends to feel isolated. There’s a lot of truth to the lyrics, but a lot of fiction too, so I think they should be interpreted however the listener wants.
TGE: Plans for live shows?
Conor: Yeah! I’m actually changing my strings for a show tonight as I write this, we’re playing at a venue in Cape Cod called 3065 Live with a few bands from out west for their ska revival tour, which is kind of funny because we don’t have a very ska sound. We’ve been playing shows pretty consistently since a bit before we released the EP, and we already have more lined up in the coming months.