A IS FOR ALPINESTARS

Alpinestars were krautpop duo Glyn Thomas and Richard Woolgar.

Glyn and Richard first met in 1995 when they were in separate bands that shared the same rehearsal space. Once they met they realised they had more in common with each other than they did with their own bands and quit their respective groups and briefly formed Maxim, their own “little electro group with full drums and bass”.

Luckily their friendship lasted longer than the band. Their break came in February 1999 when in Glyn’s words they were “sitting around on (their) backsides doing nothing and thinking about what (they) were gonna do”. A local club promoter was looking for a live act to play before the DJs on his monthly club night, and a ‘friend of a friend’ who was aware of Maxim, suggested Glyn and Richard. The promoter of Manchester’s ‘Homoelectric’ club gave the unnamed pair a week to put together an hour-long live set. By the skin of their teeth (they finished mixing just 20 minutes before their performance) the duo pulled it off and the crowd’s response left them “pleasantly shocked” as to the night’s success. ‘Homoelectric’ offered Glyn and Richard a monthly residency. Three days after that, without a demo and still unnamed the pair were offered a deal with faith & hope. The shell-shocked duo came up with the name ‘Alpinestars’ after an old mountain bike that Richard had (allegedly it was a stolen bike, which was itself later stolen).

 

Alpinestars made two albums of lovely techno krautpop. The first, ‘B.A.S.I.C.’ (Beginners All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) came out in 2000 with a crystaline pop Kraftwerk template. It is a lovely synth pop album. ‘White Noise’ coming out in 2002 and was a darker affair with more rock influences. They were to have been working on a third album but this never came out and the duo disappeared. I have no idea what either are doing now.
Alpinestars – 77 Sunset Strip
Alpinestars – Interlaken
Alpinestars – Carbon Kid (with Brian Moloko)
Alpinestars – Smash It Up!
Alpinestars – Snow Patrol (Lo-Fidelity Allstars Remix)
There’s no band website any longer.

~ by acidted on March 28, 2008.

One Response to “A IS FOR ALPINESTARS”

  1. Glyn Thomas from Alpinestars makes his own music now

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