Surf N Western Sounds of
The Tin Star is the brainchild of prolific and critically acclaimed Australian performer, singer and songwriter Mikelangelo. He formed the band in Melbourne in late 2009, inspired by a love of 50's and 60's instrumental guitar music and Western cinema soundtracks. Together the group have pioneered their own Surf 'n' Western sound. Their debut album was produced by the band's German-born lead guitarist and studio wunderkind Fiete Geronimo Geier at his home in Melbourne (Ebden Studios) throughout 2010 and early 2011. The album features nine tremolo-laden originals with wall of sound of guitar atmospherics and a strong pop sensibility. The album is split between vocal songs, including lead album tracks Midnight Flower and Action (Is My Middle Name) and dynamic instrumental rock tunes with a distinctive retro-allure. With echoes of the Shadows, the Ventures, Dick Dale and Link Wray, Mikelangelo's instrumentals find great realisation in the playing of the Tin Star's lead guitarist Fiete Geronimo Geier. His tone, style and ability show him as an inspired musician, totally capable of holding his own in the company of these guitar luminaries. The sultry songstress Saint Clare, who has become a big part of the Tin Star's touring live show, makes her assured recording debut on the Surf 'n' Western Sounds Of.