|Atlanta-based glam punk rockers, Starbenders, have released their latest offering, Love Potions (Zodiac Deluxe) via Sumerian Records in honor of their one-year anniversary of the release of their full-length debut album. The deluxe edition includes five new songs, created during the making of their debut album; which includes a Celtic-tinged, mandolin-laced interpretation of their single, “B****ES BE WITCHES,” along with a trip-hop, nineties inspired remix of “Push”.
In addition, the band has also released a thirty minute live set from taken at Maze Studios in Atlanta. The set features the band shredding in the studio and an overall beautiful performance.
Speaking to the release, Starbenders shares:
“2020 seemed to fictionalize our lives and scatter everyone to the digital winds as we existed online only. Not being able to take our release to the people was hard to swallow but we managed to still find ways to connect. To celebrate the one year anniversary of Love Potions, we decided to commemorate it with a deluxe edition. “Love Potions (Zodiac Deluxe)” is a thank you to all the people that have supported us all along the way.”
Starbenders have also dropped the first track, “Angel” from the deluxe album. Frontwoman, Kimi Shelter shares her inspiration behind the song:
I had a friend overdose and lose their life to opioid addiction. It gutted me to see their flame and all its potential vanish. My beautiful friend was one of the most dazzling and talented individuals I had met. His tragedy found its way into the words and vibe of “Angel”.
The opioid crisis in the United States has touched countless lives and has only gotten worse during the pandemic of 2020. It’s nearly impossible to be liberated from the physical grip of addiction without support and fellowship as the pull to use is so strong. The main line in the song, “is my angel holding?” attempts to capture the cunning and baffling nature of addiction. Here you are on the edge of life and death and your only thought is, “hey, can I still score?” “is my angel holding?” Fellow Atlantan Peter Stroud, Sheryl Crow’s guitarist and music director played the slide guitars on “Angel” which pushed the track to its emotional zenith. My hope and prayer is that the isolation and loneliness that 2020 brought fades away as we find our way back toward humanity. If you have someone in your life who is suffering, make sure to give them a hug and tell them that you love them. It might be your last chance to share how you feel.
~ Kimi Shelter
Listen to Love Potions (Zodiac Deluxe) here, available on all streaming platforms.