I See Stars headlines at The Loft
The electronic-rock band I See Stars, which hails from Warren, Mich. performed Tuesday at The Loft. Photo courtesy of Sumerian Records
Brent McClure recalls the first time he heard I See Stars live.
Although he heard bits and pieces of their music throughout their climb to fame, the economics sophomore attended the electronic-rock, hard-core band’s concert in 2012 at The Loft and instantly fell into step with the crowd.
“It was almost kind of a dancey atmosphere,” McClure said. “They use a lot of electronic beats in their songs. It’s still metal, but a little more high energetic, not so angry and destructive.”
The band, which hails from Warren, Mich., returned to The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., in Lansing, Tuesday night.
Nate Dorough, the owner of Fusion shows, said he has enjoyed working with the band since he first booked them for a show in 2007.
“It was before Fusion Shows even existed,” Dorough said. “They were starting as a local band. They’re just good dudes — they’re easy to work with and the kids come out every time.”
With their fourth album in the works, I See Stars has the remaining shows in their United States tour and the summer’s Vans Warped Tour to look forward to as well. After a switch to a more electronic, dubstep-reminiscent sound with their third album, “Digital Renegade,” George Vallee, the band’s publicist, said they can expect to attract a new following.
“It was just a natural evolution to what they wanted to do with dubstep, in addition to a little rock and metal,” Vallee said. “The beats and electronics naturally blend into the writing process.”
After going back and listening to the band’s first two albums, McClure said he noticed a definite sound change.
“They used to be a lot less electronic and a lot less grungy,” McClure said. “They do a little bit more screaming now than they ever used to … I thought it was the best thing they could have done with their band as far as appealing to a new audience.”
Despite their rapid growth from a local fixation to performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Vallee said the men still have some growing up to do.
“Their third album was definitely the most mature and evolved,” he said. “It might be another two albums before they make their defining album. They’re in their 20s, so it’s a maturing and growing process. We’ve watched them grow from little teenagers into pretty much rockstars.”