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The Stargazer Lillies

Living Work of Art by The Stargazer Lilies

The Stargazer Lilies’ upcoming album Occabot marches straight towards the sun with its head up high, with the steam-pressed rhythm section and poison-tipped riffs weaved throughout “Living Work of Art” leading the way.

If you ask Tom Fec aka TOBACCO why he urged John Cep and Kim Field to dive straight off the deep end, the producer will point you towards a Stargazer Lilies show from a couple summers ago. “It just hit me: they were way heavier than they seem,” he explains, “and that wasn’t translating in their recordings. Their old stuff is panoramic and smooth; I wanted 3D and bumpy.” 

To help get the Stargazer Lilies where they needed to be, Fec signed the band to his Rad Cult imprint and agreed to work on their third album. Not right away, though. He let Cep and Field — a couple in life and creativity — cast eight cuts in their own idiosyncratic image first. Once those pure, raw, and primal productions were ready, Fec stepped in to “thicken things up with cornstarch” and torture their guitar tones even further, as if he’d just been hired to helm a wild Electric Wizard record. 

Occabot is out November 1st on Tobacco’s Rad Cult imprint.