Time for another installment of the Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files, where we raid our archives in search of a lost gem.
Artist: Starflyer 59
Song: “Loved Ones,” 2003
What happened: Even though Old was the seventh album released by this Riverside, Ca. group–essentially a revolving-door outfit led by songwriter Jason Martin–it was the first to land on at least one of your Idolators’ radar (probably because the band is on Tooth & Nail Records, a label that, whether fairly or not, we often align with bad pop-punk bands).
Why it should have been a hit: The chugging “Loved Ones” came out in a season when everyone was trying to ape Kevin Shields’ hazy guitar sound, but this is one of the few songs that found an actual melody underneath all the fuzz; the rest of the album is almost as good, and will send you, starry-eyed, to the band’s back catalog.
Starflyer 59 – Loved Ones [MP3, link expired]
Starflyer 59 [MySpace]