STARSET’S ‘VESSELS’ LANDS AT #11
ON THE BILLBOARD TOP 200 ALBUM CHART
SOPHOMORE ALBUM FROM VISIONARY BAND
EXCEEDS ALL EXPECTATIONS
FIRST SINGLE “MONSTER” HEADING TO TOP
OF ROCK RADIO CHART
STARSET’s sophomore album Vessels debuts at #11 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart with more than 23,000 equivalent album units. This is one of the most impressive sales weeks from a new rock band in the last year and a confirmation that STARSET is charting a new and ambitious course to refresh and redefine rock in 2017. The album also comes in at #3 on the Billboard Top Current Rock Album Chart. “Monster,” the first single from the album, is rapidly ascending the rock radio charts and moves to #12 this week. Vessels is the follow-up to STARSET’s 2014 debut album, Transmissions, a landmark album that sold in excess of a quarter million combined albums, streams and downloads, propelled by the single “My Demons,” which had the longest ascent to the top five in the history of the rock radio charts.
Vessels has received exceptional reviews. Kerrang! magazine awarded the album 4 “K’s” and said, “If revered darkwave pop veterans Depeche Mode multiplied their aural dimensions by seven, something like Vessels would emerge,” while Loudwire named it January’s Release of the Month and praised, “If you’re looking for engaging singular tracks to fill your playlist, this album has several songs that could keep the band on radio for a long run. But if you’re looking for a deeper connection and a full listening experience, Vessels truly takes the listener on a journey both musically and thematically.”
Led by Dustin Bates, STARSET has developed an unparalleled digital foothold, amassing nearly 700 million YouTube views, driven primarily by the band’s rabid fan base synching STARSET songs to a variety of visual images. Later this year, Marvel Comics will be releasing a graphic novel based on The STARSET Society.
Produced by Rob Graves (Halestorm, Red) and mixed by Ben Grosse (Breaking Benjamin, Filter), Vessels escapes the tried formula of much of rock today and is a near-planetary collision of sound, vision and iconoclastic ideologies inspired by the likes of Nikola Tesla and Ray Kurzweil.
Razor & Tie Co-Founder Cliff Chenfeld said, “I am pleased but not surprised at how Dustin and STARSET have been able to communicate their broad and inspired musical vision to a growing and passionate audience. Their songs and message resonate in a way few artists have in recent years. I expect to be watching them in arenas soon.”
With over 300 shows logged to date, STARSET has distinguished themselves touring with the likes of Breaking Benjamin and In This Moment, playing major U.S. rock festivals and four sold-out performances in planetariums, becoming the first rock band to play live in the full dome entertainment environment. This spring, the band will return to Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion and Rock On the Range, following their 2015 debut at all five of the annual rock events.
STARSET kicked off album release day with a sold out show at Express Live! in their hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Full tour routing is as follows:
DATE CITY VENUE
Headlining Tour Dates w/ Gemini Syndrome supporting:
Tue 1/31 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
Thu 2/2 Scottsdale, AZ Pub Rock
Fri 2/3 Tucson, AZ Club XS
Mon 2/6 Dallas, TX Trees
Wed 2/8 Corpus Christi, TX Brewsters Street Ice House
Thu 2/9 Houston, TX Scout Bar
Fri 2/10 Baton Rouge, LA The Varsity Theatre
Sat 2/11 Madison, AL 11th Frame
Sun 2/12 Johnson City, TN Capone’s
Tue 2/14 Baltimore, MD Soundstage
Wed 2/15 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
Fri 2/17 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theatre
Fri 4/28 Tampa, FL 98RockFest
Sat 4/29 Jacksonville, FL Welcome to Rockville
Sun 4/30 Fort Myers, FL Fort Rock
Fri 5/5 Concord, NC Carolina Rebellion
May 13-14 Somerset, WI Northern Invasion
May 19-21 Columbus, OH Rock On the Range
STARSET is: Front-man Dustin Bates, bassist Ron DeChant, guitarist Brock Richards and drummer Adam Gilbert.