Doug Edmunds – Rhythm guitar, keys, lead vocals
Dewey McCafferty – Lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Lance Westerlund – Bass, backing vocals
Jackson McGee – Drums
The Stars Explode has been making hook-heavy pop rock since 2008, when former Gladhands founding member, Doug Edmunds, wrote, recorded and released the band’s first album more or less as a solo effort. Since then the Chapel Hill-based group has evolved through several lineups and has included along the way members of the dBs, Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies, Steve Earle’s Dukes, the Wild Giraffes, and Sarah Shook & the Disarmers. TSE’s sound is often compared to the long tradition of bands who haven’t been afraid to mix loud guitars with pure pop melodic sense, à la Cheap Trick and Weezer.
In 2012, the band released its critically acclaimed sophomore album, Between The Lines. Jack Rabid, writing in The Big Takeover, started his glowing review of the record with, “This is a no brainer!” David Menconi, in the Raleigh News & Observer, called Between the Lines “a super-catchy slab of Tarheel melodic goodness.”
Since that album’s successful release, The Stars Explode has continued along a musical path full of killer hooks and radio-ready choruses, building an impressive original catalog in the process. During the summer of 2016, along with long-serving drummer and former Cleveland music scene veteran Jackson McGee, versatile lead guitarist Dewey McCafferty, and the ultra-suave Lance Westerlund on bass, Edmunds returned to the studio to commence work on TSE’s 3rd long player. The resulting album is a 10-song barn burner. Titled Too Late To Save The World, the gatefold LP was released in late November 2017. The band will be touring in support of the record throughout 2018.