About Staren Black:
Phoenix-based hard-rock powerhouse Staren Black plays charged music overflowing with driving rhythms, intricate guitar melodies and vivid vocals. Comprised of Dorian Storm (vocals), Frank Black (guitars), Bruce Menchen (bass), Dave Schad (drums).
The band’s sophisticated original songs present songwriter/lyricist/arranger Black’s clever observations about the world and tell tales of rebellion, passion and the on-going human struggle. The four-piece’s sizzling chemistry and commitment to delivering electrifying, fun-filled live shows and polished recordings lush with inventive guitar solos and heart-stopping grooves allow members to forge intense connections with their audiences and exhibits their influence by hypnotic entertainers such as:
Megadeth, Judas Priest, Frank Zappa, Genesis, Daft Punk, and AC/DC.
Bandleader Black envisioned Staren Black after he wrote a collection of four songs and enlisted the help of skilled local studio musicians to record an EP as a way to attract other artists who wanted to be full-time collaborators on the project. The Cause of the Effect was released in 2010 and attracted the attention of three other talented players that now round out the quartet. Staren Black’s penetrating, complex sound is the blend of Black’s natural gift for instrumental arrangement and harmonies, lead singer Storms command at raw vocal storytelling, Menchen’s fierce, expressive bass playing and Schad’s skill at building a solid rhythmic backbone.
Staren Black has completed its debut full-length album, City of the Dead. It features 10 emotionally-honest tracks about the human fascination with conforming to society and looks into the secret lives of those living outside the mainstream.
The LP was produced by Ralph Patlan (Megadeth, Brian “Head” Welch, Michael Schenker).
In-Depth with Frank Black of Staren Black
Written by Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen
Staren Black is a four-piece hard rock powerhouse based in Phoenix Arizona that really stands out both musically and lyrically. This is a band that makes you think. While enjoying their musical interpretations of the message they are putting out. It truly was a pleasure to get in-depth with founding member and guitarist Frank Black to learn more about Staren Black.
Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen: Hi Frank! It’s been so great working with you so far with MBM Music. I am glad we have a chance to sit down and do this interview for Sin City Presents Magazine. First of all, what’s the story behind the name? It’s obvious that the band likes to wear black!
Frank: Hi Alison, it’s good to be here and working with you and MBM Music as well! We’re also ready to give Sin City Presents Magazine and the readers a more in-depth view of Staren Black. We love to wear black for sure (LAUGHS).
READ THE FULL INTERVIEW ON SIN CITY PRESENTS HERE.
Vocals: Dorian Storm
Guitar: Frank Black
Bass: Bruce Menchen
Drums: Dave Schad