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Stars Blvd. (SUBMITTED)
With their debut album Ready to Pop now out, Vancouver rockers Stars Blvd. are a band clearly on the verge of making musical waves. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with lead singer Josh Phoenix Child.
24: What was the inspiration for the band name?
JPC: It was heavily influenced by Hollywood Boulevard. We thought it was an epic sounding name. We like stars and we like boulevards so we thought we’d combine the two.
24: You won the CFOX Seeds contest in 2010. Did that open a lot of doors?
JPC: It certainly did. We got our agent, Ralph James of the Agency Group; basically one of the biggest in the world. Ralph was one of the judges for our performance. Through that he’s hooked us up with all kinds of good stuff. We also basically got an American agent who put us on tour with Buckcherry. A lot of things just spiraled and to this day when people hear we won Fox Seeds, that’s kind of a prestige thing, an acceptance almost.
24: You have a fairly distinct sound. How do you define it?
JPC: I say that we’re rock and roll. I think we’re pop rock and roll.
24: You just released your debut CD, Ready to Pop. This must be a pretty exciting step for the band.
JPC: This is the first LP that I’ve ever been a part of and I’m getting up there in my prime. At first I was really apprehensive with the album because I didn’t feel it was good enough and I was really stressed out because we put all this time, effort and money into (it). We started this project a year ago. The more I listen to it and the more I get reaction from people that I play it for, I’m calming down and I’m starting to accept it. It sounds pretty damn good. Now, I’m starting to get really excited.
24: Were you a musical child?
JPC: For sure, and it was actually my own choosing. There was always a piano in the house which I continue to play. As a kid I would just walk up to it and plunk on the keys and try to figure out Mary Had a Little Lamb or something like that. My parents took notice of that and put me in piano lessons because I just loved making noises and sounds and music would come on and I would just dance and was always trying to sing. My parents put me in classical piano which I didn’t enjoy at all. Playing Beethoven and Mozart and stuff when you’re a little kid is not fun. I didn’t enjoy the lessons at all but I had to do them. When I was about 11, I convinced my parents that if they let me quit lessons and play what I wanted to then I would play more often. It took them about a year or two to convince them, but sure enough I started playing almost double.
What got me to be a singer though is Stand by Me. I love that song and I was in Cuba on school band trip. My band teacher hated, yet loved me because I was a very non-committal student but I had talent. He wanted me to care. So on the bus, I’m listening to my Jamiroquai on my Walkman and singing along. The student teacher for the choir came over to me and said I had a good voice and she wanted me to join the choir. When we get to the hotel, she sends out her choir people to find me and they tell me that the guys are going to serenade the girls at midnight with Stand by Me and she wants me to sing the song and all the dudes on one knee in the background doing the rhythm part. She convinced me to do it. It was awesome. When I got back I joined the choir.