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About Starflyer 59

Starflyer 59 formed in Riverside California in 1993 founded by Jason Martin, brother of Ronnie Martin of Joy Electric.  While Jason Martin has written nearly all of Starflyer 59's songs, the band has included a number of different musicians over the years, including Jeff Cloud, Frank Lenz, and Richard Swift.


Starflyer 59 was signed to Tooth & Nail Records in 1993 and by the end of the year, Starflyer 59's debut album, Silver, was recorded and released.  In mid-1994, Starflyer 59 released a follow-up EP to Silver entitled She's The Queen. Fans who had purchased Silver and new listeners who were beginning to hear more about the band had begun to say that they "liked the second album more than the first." Interestingly, this somewhat angered Jason Martin, as he did not intend for the EP to be considered any sort of album whatsoever.  He felt there was no reason to compare the two pieces of work to each other. Either way, the fanbase for Starflyer 59 was beginning to grow.

In 1995, Starflyer 59 released their second album, Gold.  For Starflyer 59's next album which was released in 1997, Americana, several changes to the band members were made.  The release of The Fashion Focus in 1998 signaled a significant change in the direction of the band's sound, largely due to the influence of producer Gene Eugene.

Where previous albums had emphasized guitars and loud rock and roll, The Fashion Focus was a significantly softer album. This album featured the introduction of keyboards in the music, which replaced layered guitars. The new sound was more pop-friendly than earlier albums, while not abandoning the signature Starflyer sound. Everybody Makes Mistakes, released the next year, continued in the same direction as The Fashion Focus.


On November 21, 2000, Starflyer 59 released Easy Come Easy Go, a two-disc "best-of" set. The first disc containing some popular greatest hits, while the second disc was a collection of rarities, B-sides, and a number of live performances. 2001 saw the release of Leave Here A Stranger, Starflyer's next full length album. The band's sound continued to evolve, as Leave Here A Stranger would come to be lauded and praised by many music critics as Starflyer 59's best release to date. After the untimely death of Gene Eugene, Martin called on long-time musical hero Terry Scott Taylor to take over production of the new album. In a tribute to the Beach Boys' monumental album Pet Sounds, Leave Here a Stranger was recorded in mono.

From 2003 to 2006 Starflyer 59 released one full-length album a year; all of them self-produced. The first of these albums was Old was released in 2003,  I Am the Portuguese Blues released in 2004, Talking Voice vs. Singing Voice in 2005, and My Island in 2006.

In 2007, Starflyer 59 had a special promotion among the most devoted fans, where they would release a total of 10 7-inch vinyl records over a period of months. Each 7" would contain a song from the forthcoming record, as well as a B-side that would be released only for the promotion. The 10 vinyl records, known as Ghosts of the Future, came with a custom wooden record box, and early buyers were rewarded with inserts signed by Jason Martin and Scott Hatch. Jason Martin has recorded his 11th full length album, Dial M, and it was released on October 28, 2008. Dial M consisted of the first track of each vinyl record from Ghosts of the Future, remixed and cleaned up.

Known to be the most reliable, most dependable, yet most undeniably unpredictable messengers of album after album of quality independent rock tunes, Starflyer 59 is and always will be a band who will deliver great songs with new sounds.