Interview: Starters

Starters released their new album A Picture Fading, and announced that their gig on the 16th of September in Fibbers would be their last ever show. Over Being Under are reuniting for the occasion and Hollow Truth, January, and Versive are also supporting.

A Picture Fading is 13 tracks of lamenting emo rock drenched in anxiety, loss, and hope. It’s atmospheric and evocative, and you feel every second of it. It’s another perfect example of the strength of our music scene here in Ireland.

We caught up with Ian Kelly to talk about the new record, their last show, and what’s planned for the future:

First off, we’re really digging the new album! What has the reaction to it been like so far? 

Thanks so much, really glad you like it. The reaction has been cool. Lots of people seem to really like the record.

Was there any point while you listened to it where you were like, “Fuck it, let’s keep doing this forever”?

I don’t think that really crossed my mind to be honest. We’ve all had a lot going on in our lives over the past couple years which in turn slowed down the band, so to be honest it won’t be a drastic change when we stop playing together. If we had decided to call it quits back in like 2011 or something then I’m sure it would have been way more of a shock to the system. Don’t get me wrong I will miss it a whole bunch, but we had a good run for sure 🙂

Is there anything that you hope people take away from your music?

I guess I hope that people will be able to hear how much of ourselves we put into this record. It’s something we are incredibly proud of. If one person listens to a song on this record and can relate to it and think “fuck I know exactly how that feels” then the whole thing will have been worth it to me.

Tell us a bit about the gorgeous album artwork- what artist did you work with and who came up with the idea?

The artwork was done by the amazingly talented Lauren O’Neill. We sent her a bunch of lyrics and just told her to do her own thing and we are so delighted with how it turned out. We knew we were in good hands.




Over Being Under, Hollow Truth, January and Versive are supporting – why did you choose these bands to share your last stage with?

We have a bunch of friends in all these bands and we hit them up to see if they would be down to play and they were up for it. Really excited for OBU to play a reunion at it.

We’re super stoked to see them too. What song are you most looking forward to playing on Friday?

Honestly pretty much all the songs from the record haha. I honestly never thought we would get a chance to play most of them so I’m excited to do so. On a personal note I’m looking forward to playing “Snowglobes” one last time. It’s a song I wrote for my mother after she passed away and it really means a lot to me.

You played with Modern Baseball recently (such a good gig!) how did that come about?

Back in 2011 I got talking to this guy Sean at a Lockdown and we became friends. He came out to a show we played with Polar Bear Club and he interviewed us for his website Weathervane. Fast forward a bunch of months and he was playing drums in MOBO. He’s been over here a bunch since then and we always stayed good friends. When he told me they were coming back I hit him up about playing and they were down. Greatest bunch of guys you’ll ever meet.

What has been the most memorable moment for ye as a band?

I guess when you go to weird cities you’ve never even heard of on mainland Europe and people turn up and know the words to your songs would be a highlight.
Also we got to tour with a bunch of incredible bands over the years and seeing the likes of Such Gold, Into It. Over It, KOJI, Driveway, Mixtapes, Transit and Man Overboard every night in different cities is the raddest thing in the world.

What is in the future for each of you now?

A whole bunch of stuff. Working, traveling, raising families haha. Foxy is off to Vietnam next month and will be working & traveling for a bit. We have plans to do some sort of music project when he gets back. Anthony is working in the music industry and being a dad. Myself and Scott play in a band called Stairwells. Ciaran runs a studio (where we recorded the album) and plays in a great band called Facing.

Is there anything you’d like to say to those who have supported your band throughout the years?

Honestly thanks so much to every single person that ever gave a shit about this band. I’ve met some of the best people in my life because of it. Also to all the people that checked out this record thanks for sticking with us. I know it took a long time, but we think that it was worth it.

It definitely was. Starters play their last show in Fibbers this Friday, entries free! See yiz there.

Words by Lissa


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