"I feel like hell today, we almost slipped away, then a little voice inside me showed me that we're here to stay, I don't believe in lies, somehow they burn our lives, then a little voice inside me showed me through my paralyzing life." - Sings vocalist Simon Hynes.
Despite their paralyzing lives, stay is exactly what Star Assassin have done, gaining thousands upon thousands of loyal fans in the process. Through years of relentless underground touring the band has won over many an audience with their voracious performances, clean smacking songs and impassioned lyrics.
After putting away several EP's and LP's the band left the road to focus on recording Star Assassin's debut album 'Bleeding To The Circle'. While the album was being written, there were periods when vocalist Simon Hynes didn't leave his room in days, frozen deep down inside himself, weighed upon by troubling thoughts which would later escape on the record. "Am I alone? Head in the dark, alone here with all the things I never once wanted to be, cos in my heart I'm like you, alone here with all the things I never once wanted feel".
"Bleeding To The Circle" is an intense album with incredibly well structured songs that musically and lyrically explore the range of emotions spewed forth by the band, a journey though anger, love, betrayal, regret, pain and realization. Reflecting a darker undertone, the record varies within its degree of moodiness and will take you places if you dare follow.
The first single off the album is "Hey Kid", a fast paced ripping guitar driven hook-filled hit with an ultra accelerated music video to match. The Australian foursome let fly on "This Summer" with an aggravated bruising beat, draped with catchy obese guitar chords and timely vocal riot, as "Hide" lights the fuse on a potent progressive dynamic rocket. The world falls into flawless vulnerability throughout "Head In The Dark's" melodic vocals, soaring strings and unveiled lyrics. Star Assassin's approach to this record has broken open new artistic ground for the band to tread, "The Way" unlocks a forbidding musical landscape of a different colour, changing up scenery in the melancholy yet hopeful ballad 'Beautiful World" with it's fetching refrain and a hook like a harpoon. "Beautiful World" is planned for release in 2009 as the bands second single.
Since forming in 2001 after breaking away from other bands and musical projects, their home has been on the road touring, with two brothers in the band, (vocalist Simon Hynes and guitarist Ryan Hynes), getting on each others nerves and sparking brotherly quarrels plagued the bands early history, however, learning to deal with these kinds of pressures and getting it out of their system earlier on has only served to strengthen their resolve as a band. "Now we give each other the space we need" explains Ryan. "Simon and I are brothers and we're very determined, we've got our very strong points of view". This strong determination is what fuels Star Assassin's critical song writing process and delivers that colossal intensity the fans love to their live stage show.
The album title "Bleeding To The Circle" derives it's name from the circle of family, friends and fans who have loyally followed and supported the band since the beginning. Simon admits "We've got some pretty hardcore fans." Larcombe agrees "There's nothing better than seeing your fans sing along, that's what gives you the motivation, it's brilliant, fans are awesome." Simon continues "They're really like a second family to us".
Symbolically speaking, Star Assassin have bled with their lives to create their latest offering. Orford explains "You've got to hang in there because everything doesn't happen overnight, you've got to put a lot of time and effort into it and there's a lot of things that can deter you over that time." Ryan adds "We're paying them back for hanging on for us." Ryan continues "The album's got a real youthful vibe to it, I remember when we used to drive in our cars when we were 17 at twilight going to a party and just have our music going in the car, that's the type of vibe it gives me."