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Violent Hearts

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Shimmering Stars is a four-piece dream pop act from Vancouver, BC, Canada. The music embodies an attempt at drawing out and illuminating the subtle darkness inherent in the seemingly wholesome, innocent music of the 1950s and 60s. The result filters older influences like the Everly Brothers, Del Shannon, Phil Spector, and Bo Diddley through a contemporary indie lens. Songs about being in love, not being in love, the painfully modern condition of floating in a state of suspended adolescence – all tinted with the slight self-deprication of knowing how trite it is to be writing songs about these things at all.

The band began as a recording project in Spring 2010. After stumbling upon some old live footage of the Everly Brothers, Rory McClure holed up in his parent’s garage in Kamloops, British Columbia to record the first demos. That first recording environment rendered Shimmering Stars’ distinctly dusty atmospheric sound and established a conscious insertion into the garage music continuum.

Shimmering Stars is:
Rory McClure - Guitar, Vox
Andrew Dergousoff - Drums, Vox
Brent Sasaki - Guitar, Vox
Elisha Rembold - Bass, Vox


Shimmering Stars 'Violent Hearts.' Released Sept 13, 2011 on Hardly Art (North America) & Almost Musique (Europe)


released September 13, 2011



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Track Name: Believe
first time i saw you, you were looking at yourself
in a window i was headed in the other direction
i caught your eye in the reflection

things beyond my control
feeling i’ve never known
i need to know you
i’ve been alone too long
things i believe were meant to be

i’m searching for you baby
i’m chasing after you endlessly
i’m running through these dirty streets
i’ve lost my mind but i do believe
these things were meant to be
Track Name: I'm Gonna Try
walking down the street and i wanna kill everyone i see
how come i don't like anyone that i meet?
and despite my antipathy i am longing to be someone better

in my heart is a violence that i cannot dispel
i've lost my mind i'm losing you it's just as well

i'm gonna throw on these old jeans i'm gonna head out on the street
i'm gonna dream up a new dream & i'm gonna dance to a brand new beat
i'm gonna find a new desire then i'm gonna set this town on fire

i'm wearing a smile and it's fake but right now it has to be
cause i know that love is the only thing that's gonna save me
i'm gonna try
Track Name: No One
there is no one in sight
my life is passing me by
somehow time keeps on moving on without me

my heart has given up on me
fell into disuse and atrophy
somehow time keeps on moving on without me


i know my life is passing me by
when will i find love in my life
when will i find you
Track Name: East Van Girls
we shared a glance
at a thrift store on hastings
and i smiled at you and you scowled at me

you and your entourage
got on your shitty bikes
i watched you from the line-up
with my chest on fire

got on your bikes and headed east
in my mind you're headed east

but is it too far east for me?
Track Name: Into the Sea
into the sea i will be
blood on my hands i won't look back
i've gone too far for that
i've gone out too far for that

the rhythms of the ocean
the waves crash against me
i close my eyes and leave everything behind

i know the sea will be the same
crashing of the waves will be unchanged
just like nothing ever happened
like nothing ever happened
Track Name: Nervous Breakdown
please medicate my mind, it's really gone this time
though i feel alright, there's nothing left to hide
everything that i do betrays the nervous wreck inside

headed for a nervous breakdown
i can't stay gonna leave this town behind
though i could escape this place i can't escape my mind

friend i apologize if i don't return your call
it's not that i'm somewhere else
it's that i'm not really here at all

headed for a nervous breakdown...
all of my anxieties will be there waiting just for me
i can't see the point in trying to run
from what's inside of me
Track Name: Privilege
oh sleepless nights my mind is wrong
like it's been for too long
and i don't know why tv's on all night
watching other lives i break down and i cry

i don't know what has happened
i just want to be happy
i have no reason to feel this way
but it won't go away

i know people have real problems
i have no right to complain
i've lived a life of total privilege
and undeserved pain

i don't know (if i can change)
i don't know
Track Name: Sun's Going Down
sun is going down i keep running to keep up
but i can't run fast enough
sun is going down i keep running through the past
looking for something i never had

oh i really don't know where i'm gonna go
feeling so old and alone
oh when we were young
chasing the sun to the middle of the ocean

we were so young

i'm not okay
i'm not okay
sun's going down
and i'm so afraid
Track Name: Sabians
when we were animals and we wandered
through the forest in the twilight
underneath the canopy that hides the stars
but our desires shine naked and true

we were members of a star worshipping cult
in 6th century syria
wandering through the desert and chasing shooting stars

i tracked you down to industrial town
wreckage surrounds you when i found you
the heart of winter you were crying
you couldn't speak i've been chasing you in my dreams

i will find you
Track Name: Dancing to Music I Hate
i'll just wait outside, don't know why i try
i've been dancing to music i hate for my whole life
when we get inside, and i realize
i'll be dancing to music i hate for my whole life

and everyone acts so naturally
and i need everything that everyone needs
but i just wanna leave

i'm still going home alone
Track Name: I Don't Wanna Know
summer where are you gonna go?
i don’t think i know
now you’re on your own
please don’t go too far

thoughts i can’t control
i don’t wanna know
city noises and my broken heart
i don’t know where you are

where are you gonna go?
i don’t think i know
now you’re on your own

where have you gone?
Track Name: Other Girls
somebody’s calling my name but i’m just getting lost
some kind of flame i know that i can’t exhaust
and where i will go i just don’t know
i feel it in my veins and in my bones

some awful storm in my mind
once a distant ring is thundering

all these other girls I run around with they don’t mean a thing
they don’t mean a thing
Track Name: Did I Lose You
stay out all night for my future wife
so lonely tonight
i know our fates are bound but where are you now
did i lose you somehow?

well i don’t know where you’ve gone
and your name i just don’t know
but i believe we’re pulled together
by things that are beyond our control

another night in my bombed out life
so lonely tonight
Track Name: Walk Away
walk away, all my life it's been this way
walk away, all my life it's been this way
i tried to move but i can't walk away from you

we could still be friends, we could still be friends
like we were before
we could still be friends, we could just pretend
it's like it was before
but oh can't you see that i just want more