Reunion sees release of Union Starr collectionBy Linda Serck
December 08, 2011
Union Starr are going to release a collection of songs – that were written 10 years ago.
With hindsight, the term ‘union’ in the band name can be filed under ‘risible irony’.
The band, featuring Jason Applin from Reading and Roger Wells, formerly of Reading, had got together a decade ago after the duo’s other bands ended.
Jason was in Bennet – of Mum’s Gone To Iceland fame – and Roger had been the guitarist in the infamous Airhead.
They had landed themselves a production deal as Union Starr and had an album in the can, but then the band broke up.
“We fell out quite badly,” says Jason. “We spent a long time – about a year – doing this album on a production deal that we had and by the end of the year Rog and I weren’t really talking and the deal broke apart.”
But 10 years later the two have resurrected an album that’s been waiting patiently to be released.
“It’s been sitting there for 10 years but now legally it’s ours again,” says Jason.
Roger says: “We’ve been listening to those tracks and that album as a whole since we went our separate ways and every time I listen to it I think, ‘This is just criminal that it was never released’.”
And for an album a decade old, the songs sound surprisingly fresh.
Current single I Know About Art is a prime example, with an anthemic chorus and a good dose of British cynicism in the lyrics.
“That track was one of the last ones to be recorded if I remember,” says Roger. “As far as the album goes it was the classic ‘Well, we don’t hear a single here boys’ from the production company.
“We were banging our heads together and had to go to the studio the next day. It’s one we had hanging around so we developed it and it went on from there.”
Jason adds: “The whole idea, without sounding too pretentious, was to write something timeless.”
Last year Jason and Roger got back in touch with each other to perform at a friend’s 40th birthday party. They both agreed it was a terrible gig, but ironically this spurred them on to do more together.
Jason says: “We thought, ‘We don’t want our last memory of this to be that awful’.”
The album Falling Apart Together is slated for release in March on the band’s own label Woodenhouse Records. Find out more at www.woodenhouse.me.uk