Stargroves is an indie pop band based in the NYC area. The group’s debut album received notoriety and their first single, “Westfjords” featured Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin. The band spent a year playing shows throughout the US and Canada followed by recording their sophomore album in Brooklyn. The band is getting ready to release their second album and has put out three singles in preview of the album.
Check out our interview with Stargroves lead singer, Ted Watson.
upfrontNY: Can you tell us how Stargroves was formed?
Ted Watson: We actually found each other on Craigslist and started playing together back in… 2011? I want to say 2011. Since then our roster has changed quite a bit but we still have the same bass player and the same me.
upfrontNY: How would you describe your sound to others?
Ted Watson: We seem to be calling it indie pop, which I guess just means an accessible melody with an added emphasis on modern and creative instrumentation and arrangement. We like indie groups like Stars and The Innocence Mission, and I guess we try to emulate them to an extent.
upfrontNY: You are about to release your second album, can you tell us about it?
Ted Watson: We worked together a lot more on this one. Our first album was directed pretty heavily by a producer and myself, whereas with this one we had a much more inclusive process, and I think that worked out well.
upfrontNY: The band has put out 3 singles as a preview of the upcoming album. Do you have a favorite?
Ted Watson: Hmmmm probably Sad Robots, it is fun to play
upfrontNY: Abigial Breslin was featured in one of your songs, “Westfjords,” what was it like working with her?
Ted Watson: She’s really great, she’s a very professional person to work with and she’s a talented singer/songwriter in her own right.
upfrontNY: Is there another artist that the band would love to work with?
Ted Watson: Loads, obviously we’d love to work with some of the band’s we’re inspired by like Sigur Ros, Stars, Metric, Innocence Mission, etc.
upfrontNY: Do you have a favorite memory while being on tour?
Ted Watson: We’ve played a really wide variety of shows, both big and small, but one that really stands out to me was South by Southwest. It was our first time attending and not only did the show go great, but the whole trip was really a great time.
upfrontNY: What is your number 1 bucket list performance venue?
Ted Watson: Pyramid stage at Glasto.
upfrontNY: What is your favorite music venue in NYC?
Ted Watson: Rockwood
upfrontNY: What is next for the band?
Ted Watson: Releasing the album. Also we’re in the beginning stages of a music video that we’re really excited about, and getting ready for more awesome shows!