Avoiding the winter in a Logan Square basement, Chicago’s Star Tropics began as original members Scott (lead guitar) and Loren (bass, vocals) found themselves huddled around a drum machine. Searching for the sound that would eventually define the band, Star Tropics went on to become five musicians determined to write carefree, primary-colored pop songs. Blending a gentle harmony of boy/girl vocals on top of jangly Rickenbacker leads, their songs can be described as equal parts celebratory and introspective.
Never one to put much stock in the idea of providence, Loren is still mystified over his chance meeting with Scott.
A fall day in 2010 found Loren unemployed and out for a walk on Logan Boulevard. Convinced that he heard a familiar melody in the distance, he followed the tune until he was led to a tall graystone that was glowing in the oncoming dusk. While moments earlier the song was vaguely familiar, it was now clear that the guitar chiming from the attic window was “Back to the Old House”, an early Smiths b-side. A doorbell ring would reveal that Scott was the musician on the inside, and he was just whom Loren was looking to meet.
Instantly bonded over their mutual love of The Smiths, Scott and Loren quickly moved on to writing original material together. Building on a series of strong singles, their debut album Lost World arrived in 2017(Shelflife/Fastcut Records) and recast romantic woes as delicately layered pop exercises. With a newly expanded lineup that includes Molly (vocals), Fernando (drums) and Chris (guitar), Star Tropics have just self-released their newest single, “The Other Side of Midnight”, while they continue recording their sophomore LP.