The Motivators

Ben Gunstone


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.