We wrote a song for Adam’s niece for her 1st Birthday (as The Strumpets) and it has been included on this amazing collaborative project involving loads of great bands and artists.
Satan & Megastar – Can’t Help Falling In Love
Season’s Greetings from Satan & Megastar 2013. Recorded live at Queenstown Hieghts. A cover of a song that has been covered hundreds of times before but who cares, right? Not us. As we scuttle back into the corner with a satsuma and half a lump of coal. Keep warm. Keep yr eyes peeled. See you next year.
The name Satan & Megastar sounds like it should belong to an anime movie about an elf-boy and his shape-shifting cyborg companion, but it’s actually the pairing of Adam John Miller and Lisa Bouvier, as well as the title of their debut album. These ten songs were written and recorded, one song at a time, over 10 months, which means that each stands alone, with little to connect them apart from their inclusion in an intense short story on the website and a shared goth-pop demeanour.
Where Adam’s Wednesday Club releases are inspired by outsider music, and Lisa’s solo work is pure pop, their combined output takes elements of those influences and then adds a deep and dark psychological strain. ‘We Don’t Believe In Magic’ is melancholy Fleetwood Mac pop scripted by Samuel Beckett; ‘What K Can Do’ is a crepuscular Abba song played at a midnight black mass; ‘Holland Park’ is folky indie with an Arctic wind blowing through it; ‘Tongue Tied In The Summer’ throbs with muscular hard-girl pop, Lisa spitting out the words like Courtney Love or Erika M Anderson while the otherwise bouncy indiepop of ‘Twiggy Eyes’ has a fierce passion when Lisa sings: “no-one hates you like I do/ and I’m still in hate with you”.
Such is their musical intelligence, the power balladry of ‘Graveyard Blowjob’ – crying out for a Jim Steinman production – is an exercise in bad taste that becomes good fun. The brooding, bubbling groove of the Low-influenced ‘Akrasia’ breaks the five minute mark but doesn’t outstay its welcome, while ‘Shipwreck’ is tombstone pop, a creaky, post-midnight electronic groan that resolves into a lovely toy piano melody while Lisa sings, in a voice heavy with resignation: “all things must pass/ out for our hands/ into the void”.
It’s not true that the Devil has all the best tunes but this album shows that Satan (and his Megastar) has a few clever compositions. It might just be a sideline, an opportunity for the two principles to work together between other projects, but it’s an intelligent and intriguing one for all that.
Article written by Ged M – Aug 11, 2013 for SOUNDS XP Link
SATAN & MEGASTAR’s Debut Album is finally here. . . A collaborative effort between Adam John Miller (The Manhattan Love Suicides, T.O.Y.S, The Medusa Snare, The Wednesday Club) and Lisa Bouvier (The Flatmates, The Proctors, Stars In Coma, Lost Summer Kitten): Written and recorded a song at a time over a period of ten months and often blurring the fine line between fact, fiction, reality and authenticity. Doom Pop seemed the most appropriate label for the music that came out of the sessions; not a deliberate distancing from the more upbeat, optimistic nature of their other musical output, but a natural extension of and reaction to their surroundings: both those that they found themselves in and those that they only had themselves to blame for. Circumstances frequently threatened to derail the completion of the album, but just as frequently it was the album that pulled things back together. Decide for yourselves what really happened. Our gratitude extends to Steven Howells for mastering, John Hryschko, Mattias Lidehäll and Andrew Rowsell for all the times they pointed the camera where they were told, Silja Haddal Mork for the Album Cover photograph, and everyone else that put up with us all this time.
“The invention of the ship was also the invention of the shipwreck.” – Paul Virilio.
S&M 1st July 2013 x
A year ago today, we wrote and recorded our first song, “London” and then made this video on our way to the Odd Box Weekender II. This is the new, mixed and mastered version of the song. A lot has happened since then, but against all odds, we have finished our debut album. It will be released soon, once we have relocated the studio from Hendon Cathedral to the new place, Queenstown Heights. Tomorrow we are off to the Odd Box Weekender III and we shall be making the video for the last song on the album, “Akrasia”. If you’re there, there’s a good chance you’ll be in it. So, look sharp, London.
“Show me the door, with a heavy heart I’ll find my way home, through Holland Park.”
No one hates you like I do…
Once again our gratitude extends to John Hryschko & Andrew Rowsell.