Label: 4AD - JAD 7009 CD • Format: CD EP, Limited Edition Digipak • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Art Rock
After the completion of the tour for Stars on ESPHis Name Is Alive leader Warren Defever found himself with a steady lineup for perhaps the first time in the band's history; veteran vocalist Karin Oliver and drummer Trey Many, along with newer members: vocalist Lovetta Pippen and bassist Chad Gilchrist, along with Defever himself on guitar, Bärnhard Matter (1821-54) - Mani Matter - I Han Es Zündhölzli Azündt newer vocalist Erika Hoffman who sings on four of the six tracks.
As a result, Defever was anxious to make a new recording and quickly recorded the tracks for this EP in late It would be almost a year later, in Octoberbefore it was released. Apparently this Star - Boo! - By Bye Boo! Defever somewhat, as the booklet for the compilation Always Stay Sweet features a copy of a fax that Defever sent to 4AD urging them to hurry up and release the EP.
While originally intended as a mail-order only release of 1, copies, the CD EP was soon re-pressed and sold in stores. The tracks were also appended to a reissue of Stars on ESP in Nice Day furthers the motifs Whale You Ease My Mind - His Name Is Alive - Nice Day Stars on ESP --classic AM radio pop and Michigan in the late s and early s, but takes a more rock-oriented approach.
The sound could be described as a mix between Motown and the grittier side of that era in Detroit: the protopunk sounds of The Stooges and the MC5. The Motown influence comes via the increased presence of Pippen, an experienced soul and gospel singer.
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