Listen to Canadian Indie Pop/Rock Outfit Stars' #TBT Mixtape for 'The Lovers of Rain'
Welcome to #TBT Mixtape, Billboard's series that showcases artists' very own throwback-themed playlists exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. The curated set features the artists' favorite tracks from their youth and childhood.
This week's spin comes from Stars. The Montreal-based indie pop-rock outfit will hit the road this September for their first EU/UK tour swing in five years to toast the 15th anniversary of its seminal LP -- 2004's Set Yourself on Fire -- released via Arts + Crafts (Broken Social Scene, Overcoats). Preceded by a set at Toronto's CBC Festival this weekend (May 25), the band's latest trek will include a full play-through the iconic LP and will hit stops at Paradiso in Amsterdam (Sept. 19), Deaf Institute in Manchester (Sept. 26) and Scala in London (Sept. 30).
Set Yourself on Fire was certified gold in Canada and made the band a global act to watch -- part of an indie music renaissance in the country during the '00s, which included the breakthrough of acts like Arcade Fire, Feist and The New Pornographers. “Time is an illusion, you're always told that," says co-founder Torq Campbell of the milestone. "But we still are affected by anniversaries, all of us. Fifteen years felt like the right time to acknowledge and celebrate a record that changed our lives and has played such an important part in the lives of people we have never even met. It's pretty cool. And while we love moving forward, and we have to, it’s really lovely to look back for a minute, too.”
After two decades together, the band's catalog counts nearly 15 releases, including their latest LP There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light, its first via Last Gang Records and produced by Grammy Award winner Peter Katis (The National, Kurt Vile).
Ahead of its upcoming anniversary tour, Stars crafted this week's #TBT Mixtape -- titled "Pluvophile" -- "for the lovers of rain" and featuring cuts by Massive Attack, Eric Prydz, Solange and more, brought to you by "the eclectic warped mind of the members of Stars."
Give the playlist a spin and also check out some retro snaps of the group below.