Feb 29 2012 by Michael Pringle, Airdrie & Coatbridge
UNDERGROUND nights have spawned some of the biggest names in the history of music.
Five-piece Monklands outfit Starlin literally have their roots in the underground scene.
The band, who will support ex-Seahorses frontman Chris Helme when he plays Soundwave Studios next week, have been performing at their own intimate venue in Glasgow – as rhythm guitarist Gary Naismith from Kirkwood in Coatbridge admits: “We had our own underground venue in Glasgow where we performed regularly as we held band nights once a month.
“We have a new venue now but it’s still having some work done on it.”
The four other members of Starlin are; Kieran Power (guitar) also from Kirkwood, Barry Moore (singer) from Garrowhill, Paul McGowan (drummer) from Drumpellier and Mark Young (bass) from Petersburn in Airdrie.
Starlin consider themselves a rhythm and blues outfit and list The Doors, The Beatles and the Stone Roses among the bands who have influenced their style.
Gary continued: “We’ve been together for two years now and were started up by Paul and Kieran who had played in bands before and are quite experienced.
“They were both members of the band thestar69 who played T in the Park.”
The former St Ambrose High pupil also revealed that it’s not only a live music venue that Starlin have at their disposal, adding: “Our singer Barry is a sound engineer and we have our own studio. We have already recorded three tracks there and have another four ready to be mixed down.”
On the origins of the bands name, Gary told Advertiser Live: “There are starlings that nest right outside the window of our rehearsal room.
“Kieran made the link that starling birds at first glance are plain but on closer inspection they are colourful and interesting – and also very vocal.”
The band have a Facebook page; search for Starlin Live.
Starlin will support Chris Helme at Soundwave Studios in Dundyvan Industrial Estate on Friday, March 9 – tickets priced £8 are available from the venue or from www.tickets-scotland.com.
You can also catch them live when they play a free gig at the Eagle Inn on Saturday, March 24.