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blog by Deandra Modica  • 

If you’re a fan of indie pop, you’re probably nursing a post-Stars performance hangover right now. Stars returned to Buffalo in support of their sixth and best-selling studio album to date, The North, and new EP, Wishful/The Light, released earlier this month.

The Montreal-based quintet has been making beautiful music together for over a decade and on Saturday night, Torquil Campbell (vocals), Amy Millan (vocals, guitar), Evan Cranley (bass), Chris Seligman (keyboards), Pat McGee (drums) took on The Tralf for the first time.

McGee was excited to rock the Queen City again and stuff his face with Buffalo wings – oh, and a play a solid set. I spoke to the drummer about Stars’ longevity, future plans and food. Obviously.

Buffalo.com: You guys just put out an EP not too long ago. How’s that doing so far?

Pat McGee:I have no idea, but hopefully it’s doing well. We’re not knocking anyone off the top of the charts, but I’m happy about it. It’s a little bonus for those who have been keeping track and keeping up with us. It’s something new to take on the road with us this time and it’s fun to play new songs at our live shows when people haven’t heard them before. They’re just a couple little bonus nuggets.

You are also still supporting “The North” on this tour. Is anything different this time around? Bigger venues? Better food?

It’s pretty much flat-lined – not in a bad way. I think it’s quite impressive how we’ve maintained a following. It really is a testament to our fans who are so dedicated. We’ve been playing good venues in big cities where we consistently do very well and are dabbling in new places and are branching out a little bit.

The food…the food has stayed the same. Although this time we’ve stopped trying to eat salad in the Midwest and go straight for BBQ and fried chicken. So that’s working out for me. I’m just trying to live more in the regional present. The last time we were in Buffalo we ordered about 400 Buffalo wings, so we’ll probably be doing the same much to Torquil’s chagrin. He’s a vegetarian. He’s fighting the good fight.

You have obviously spent a lot of time together over the years. Do you ever get sick of one another?

Yes, all the time. After all these years it’s kind of like we’re a family now. Of course you get sick of your family, you can’t hang out with them all the time, but you always want to come back for Christmas. We’ve become so numb to each other’s eccentricities that it’s mostly just comedy at this point. We’ve accepted our fate. It’s a much more pleasant and comfortable place to be.

What are you most proud of?

I was really happy about this record we put out last year. We put out records and it’s not an easy thing to do. Especially when you have five people writing and everyone’s got their two bits to put in, but I really enjoyed this last process. We’ve come a long way and I really like the record. I’m really proud of my band. Everyone gets along and we’re all very different people with different personalities and yet we manage to remain respectful and courteous. We love each other.

It’s a lot of work, but when it’s something you love doing it’s not that big of a deal. It’s not all that glamorous, but it’s something that I think we’re going to keep doing until someone tells us to stop. You know what, people have already told us to stop, but we keep doing it anyway. I’m kidding…sort of.

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