If you were here for the monstrosity that was last year’s winter, then you know Boston doesn’t mess around when it comes to the cold. It gets dark early, the snow piles up forever, and things begin to look bleak. For Worcester act The Other Stars, that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
On their new single, “Home Is Where You Make It”, the four-piece delve into the throws of mundane life. “There’s a building in the city where my money goes/ Where I stare at blank walls, unlearning all I’ve known/ I’m so sick of paying tolls and driving home in the fucking snow,” singer-guitarist Connor Bird belts out. Before long, he starts finding a sense of home, even if the stability can be grinding. The single—much like the rest of their upcoming full-length, We Were Kids, out April 29th via Take This to Heart Records—deals with the trivialities and relationships that have shaped his life.
“It’s about this winter when I was commuting to college in Boston,” Bird explains in a statement. “It was snowing like crazy almost every day and I had this really crappy car so it kind of sucked. I felt like I was being treated badly by someone close at the time too, so I think this was just me sort of venting about all of that.”
Throughout “Home Is Where You Make It”, the band steers through quick power chords and merciless drums before landing in a melodic chorus. The whole thing bears similarities to The Impossibles and The Front Bottoms, from the scratchy falsetto to the unrelenting energy. With almost two months left until the full album comes out, we’re waiting to see if the rest sounds the same. Pre-order it here to be one of the first to find out.