Jason Martin has been writing songs about the blessings and futility of time since he was rocking a pair of mutton chops and wearing guitar feedback like a velvet cloak. As the heavy shoegaze of 1994's Silver and 1995's Gold morphed through several iterations of his rock band Starflyer 59, each showcasing a richer hue of Martin's unmistakable songwriting, his candid sense of self-evolved in time.
"It's been 25 since I wrote 'Blue Collar Love,'" he sings about one of those early songs on Starflyer 59's 15th album, Young in My Head. "Man, I need to go / I had my turn / Stayed longer than most."
Even as Starflyer 59 has transformed itself from shoegaze to hard rock to dream-pop to New Wave to post-punk and beyond, the essentials remain the same 25 years later: reliable chord changes, fuzzy and clean guitar tones, unfussy but sterling guitar solos.
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