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Introduce yourselves and tell us what you've been up to recently?
Well we are Daystar and i'm the lead singer Si Monaghan. Recently we have had a month or so off gigging so we can work on new stuff as we are writing the 2nd album at the moment. 1st album was all floaty and nice with a few gritty ones but the next album is gonna be much more uptempo. People will get a surprise with the difference in my voice. (Been having lessons to unleash my potential). Got a single release on 27th Feb so getting all our PR & Press sorted for it at the mo.

Who are your biggest influences?
We are influenced by bands like Buzzcocks, the Who, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Smiths, Stone Roses, Joy Division, The La's, REM, Beach Boys, The Jam, The Byrds, The Kinks, The Doors, Talking Heads, The Clash and loads of other good guitar bands really. Bet you wish you hadn't asked now!

Here at Designer Magazine we're all about supporting the scene.. which are your fave local bands and why should we check them out?
We like The Marivaux (Good tunes), Ruby Tuesday (Cool Band), The Suns (Different) and many others besides.

What's your biggest promo tips you can give to other local bands? How do you push your band forward?
Twitter. So many opportunities have opened up cause all five of us chat to fans on there. We are accessible and don't think we are too cool cause we are in a band. People relate to us and want to promote us cause we are just like them. besides that get a good radio plugger and PR/Press agent.

Where do you go for pre gig food and where do you go post gig clubs in Manchester?
I try not to eat before a gig so my voice isn't affected but the lads like a subway to be honest.

What do you like most about Manchester?
Its history, our music scene past and present, Manchester United and Wythenshawe where i grew up.

Best gig you've been to of all time (and why?)
I went to see Tame Impala at Sound Control and that was top just cause i loved the album so much and they were just as good live.

Fave movie or TV show of all time?
Dexter & Lie To Me are two of my favourite TV shows. I like horror films and Apocalyptic films.

Which football team do you support?
Manchester United are my favourite team. I have a shit memory so I couldnt pick out my favourite game although Fulham when Van Nistelrooy took the ball from the halfway line sticks in my mind. Best player is Ronaldo.

And finally we're all about the live sweaty gigs - final chance to say why we should check you out live?
Cos one day you will regret not seeing us in a tiny venue while you could.

And if we want to know more whats your facebook / twitter addresses?


Daystar's next gig is at Dry Bar Manchester with Skint & Demoralised on Feb 18rd 2012
Tickets available here



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