The Hanging Stars

The Hanging Stars

If low-slung psych-folk is your bag, then London cosmonauts The Hanging Stars are just the band for you. Don't miss their mellow yellow debut LP.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 24 Feb 2016
  • min read
If low-slung psych-folk is your bag, then London cosmonauts The Hanging Stars are just the band for you.

Part Wicker Man soundtrack, part Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, their mellow yellow sound marries old-world acoustics with a sun-kissed West Coast vibe.

Fronted by songwriter, singer and guitarist Richard Olson (The See See, Eighteenth Day of May), The Hanging Stars are a loose and limber collective cut from the same cloth as Buffalo Springfield and The Flying Burrito Brothers.

Their Anglo-American ‘cosmic country’ flavours are best enjoyed on new track Crippled Shining Blues, which precedes their debut album Over the Silvery Lake (due on 11 March via The Great Pop Supplement and Crimson Crow).

The album was recorded between LA, Nashville and Walthamstow, with each unique time zone leaving its indelible mark on the songs.

Here, we spend 30 seconds with Richard and the band to learn more about their freewheeling sonic travels…

We first started making music because…
It was all there was to do. Unless you played football or ice hockey.

We have been making music since…
We were six.

Our music is…
Warm like a blanket, sweet like a sugarcane and a little bit blue.

You'll like our music if you listen to...
The birds singing, the grass growing, Jackson Browne, The Gun Club and The Gris Gris.

Our favourite venue is…
The Finsbury in Manor House where we have our album launch 4 March [full tour dates below], oh and the Lexington in Islington.

Music is important because…
We wouldn't be talking to you otherwise.

Our biggest inspiration is…
Fred Neil.

Our dream collaboration would be…
Linda Ronstadt singing one of our tunes.

To try us out, listen to our song…
Crippled Shining Blues.

If we weren’t making music we’d be…
Finding a way to make music.

In 10 years’ time we want to be…
In your record collection.

Tour dates:
March 4th - London - Album launch - The Finsbury w/ Dead Coast
March 5th - What's Cooking - Leytonstone Ex Service Men's Club
March 18th - Liverpool - The Buyer's Club w/ Marvin Powell
March 19th - Todmorden - The Golden Lion
April 23rd - Manchester - Fred's Ale House
May 21st - Wood Festival - Oxfordshire
April 27th - Stuttgart/Schorndorf -Klub Manufaktur
April 28th - Munich- ImportExport
April 29th - Augsburg - Venue TBC
April 30th - Freiburg- The Great Räng Teng Teng