“Starset songs tend to have an over-the-top cinematic production — an approach intended to immerse the audience in the sci-fi world.”
This is an apt mission statement, as Starset vocalist-keyboardist Dustin Bates is himself immersed in this world of epic rock music and scientific exploration. The PhD candidate has brought his experience with the U.S. Air Force and love of Sagan and Bowie to two epic LPs from the Ohio quartet, most recently 2017’s Vessels. For now, he wants to explore a gentler angle.
“The lyrics tend to have larger than life themes and metaphors, but they also have a more intimate human side — one that the production can sometimes mask,” Bates tells Billboard. “For this reason, I enjoy recording ‘unplugged’ versions to accentuate this aspect of the songs.”
We’re premiering an acoustic version of “Ricochet,” one which swaps the Vessel track’s heavy electric guitars for twinkling keys and dramatic strings.
“In this version of ‘Ricochet,’ the lyrics and vocals are brought to the forefront,” he says. “[They’re] given a more intimate stage, while still allowing the song to have a cinematic vibe — albeit a considerably tamer one.”
Here, Bates’ words linger on two beings drifting apart. Goes the chorus, “We were one in the same / Running like moths to the flame / You’d hang on every word I’d say / But now they only ricochet.” Take a listen to the new version below, along with a visual from the band.
In other Starset news, the band recently announced its signing to Fearless Records (Razor & Tie released Vessels). They’ve also got upcoming tour dates, opening for Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown. Find those below.
May 6: Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena *
May 8: Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena *
May 10: Tulsa, OK – Bok Center *
May 11: Council Bluffs, IA – Westfair Amphitheater *
May 12: Milwaukee, WI – The Eagles Ballroom ^
May 14: Salem, VA – Salem Civic Center *
May 16: Birmingham, Al – Legacy Arena *
May 17: Evansville, In – Ford Center *
May 18: Moline, Il – Mark Of The Quad *
May 20: Grand Forks, ND – Alerus Center *
* with Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown
^ with Five Finger Death Punch