CoStar: Based in London, an exciting new alternative
Rock/Pop sound born out of frequent jam sessions that
led to the formation of a bona-fide rock'n'roll band
in the summer of 2002. Singer/Songwriter Brighton
Gay always wanted to be a cowboy although he grew
up on the windswept, freezing west coast of Norway.
In Norway he hooked up with fellow Bergen musicians
to form several versions of what was to become Costar,
however things did not take proper shape until they
relocated to London in 2001. With Brighton on vocals
and guitar, drummer Reno Nevada, lead guitarist Johnny
"Oksen" Bull (yes, that is his real name)
and bass guitarist Terry Cuervo, CoStar became reality
in the summer of 2002.
Their sound is decidedly altrock groovy- catchy guitar
riffs fuse with cool beats and what one reviewer termed
"electrospice" - toss in other unusual rock/pop
elements and harmonies and you have the CoStar sound.
The band began recording and gigging about London
in the summer of 2002, and
the debut EP became "Brothers in Crime"
- released August 25, 2003. The track "Lee"
was immediately playlisted on XFM for 4 weeks, and
got spins on Radio One, BBC 6Music and Virgin Radio,
having also received "Record of the Week"
on Virgin Radio's breakfast show.
CoStar's debut LP "Keep it Light" will
be released in June 2004. A single, "Yeah Right"
will precede this in May. This release will be extra
exciting because it is accompanied by the band's first
video. The single "Yeah Right" has already
been picked up by London's XFM radio and Virgin Radio
have invited the band in for an interview and live
session. CoStar will be playing gigs in London and
Norway in the next few months.
What the media have said:
"Costar have mastered the art of catchy pop with
breathtaking ease. Take "Falling at my Feet"
for example - a masterstroke of a tune replete with
gorgeous dreamy melodies and irresistible hooks that
manages to weave its magic in under three minutes".
- BBC Radio One.
"Originally from Bergen, home of Royksopp, Kings
of Convenience and Magnet, Costar are based in London
these days but their roots informed a set filled with
intelligent, emotion laden pop. The songs are captivating
and stylish ("A Little Help", "Lee")
filled with jagged guitar edges, keyboards and reams
of electronica". - XFM Radio.