“Lovingly shaped from pop’s past, equal parts Motown and British Invasion,” says Buzzbands.LA of lead single “You’re Not Alone,” streaming now.
People and Stars (L-R): David Klotz, Amanda Tate. Photo credit: Theo & Juliet.
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Hear “You’re Not Alone” from the upcoming debut EP by People and Stars, arriving July 15th via Minty Fresh
“Lovingly shaped from pop’s past, equal parts Motown and British Invasion.” – Buzzbands.LA
“Our name was also the title of a Fonda song,” explains David Klotz, one half of People and Stars, the Los Angeles-based duo comprised of the former Fonda front man and vocalist Amanda Tate.
Long a favorite in the L.A. indie pop scene spanning nearly 20 years, when Klotz’s marriage to Fonda front woman Emily Cook came to an end in 2013, so did Fonda.
“We were 95% done with another album which still sits unreleased,” says Klotz, who immediately decided he would carry on with solo work.
“‘People and Stars’ was one of my favorite songs I wrote when I was in Fonda, and it was one of the first songs I recorded, engineered and mixed completely on my own. It was a symbol of creative independence for me and I thought it would be a good name for my solo project.”
As it turns out, when Klotz began hearing the results of his collaborations with Tate, he quickly abandoned thinking of the project as a solo outing, and has now amassed nearly two albums worth of material, including the three songs that will be released as the debut People and Stars EP, arriving July 15th via Minty Fresh.
The recently premiered single “You’re Not Alone” is a perfect example of the band’s brand of breezy pop that blends with a brash Motown beat and a sweeping string section, exceeded only by an intertwining vocal and trumpet melody. People and Stars is currently working on a music video for the track to debut later this summer.
Another of the three new tunes is “Your Future Is Right Here Today,” which plays an important part in the People and Stars story in that it pushed Klotz to bring the project to its full potential.
“When we licensed that song to a television show in 2015, it helped push us to start finishing songs properly,” Klotz explains. “It was nice to hear that people were responding to our music, so a month later we were back in the studio replacing drum samples with a live drummer and trumpet samples with a live trumpet player.”
When they’re not busy recording tracks for their debut album, Klotz works as an Emmy award-winning music editor, lending his skills to many critically acclaimed television shows including HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” FX’s “American Horror Story,” and Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”
Tate, born and raised in Beverly Hills, is a comedic improviser and actress in addition to her talents as a singer. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree, as both of Tate’s parents are also actors. Her father has notched over 100 guest appearances on television, and her mother can claim a classic movie line, having played the barmaid in “The Blues Brothers” who, when asked what kind of music they usually have, memorably exclaims, “Oh, we got both kinds! Country and Western!”
While the music Tate makes with Klotz in People and Stars won’t likely be mistaken for Country or Western by anyone, it’s a sure bet that her mother is going to be pretty enthusiastic about it.
The debut EP by People and Stars arrives on July 15th, 2016. David Klotz and Amanda Tate are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
People and Stars
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02. The Future Is Right Here Today
03. Hold Me Forever
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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion