The Good Natured

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Lovestarrs
Origin Highclere, Hampshire, England
Genres Synthpop
Years active 2008–present
Labels Regal, Parlophone, Astralwerks
Website www.lovestarrs.com
Members Sarah McIntosh
Hamish McIntosh
George Hinton

Lovestarrs (formerly known as The Good Natured) are an English synthpop band, consisting of Sarah McIntosh (born January 1991[1] in Highclere, Hampshire)[2] on vocals and keyboards, her brother Hamish McIntosh on bass and George Hinton (with whom Sarah became acquainted at university)[3] on drums.

History[edit]

Sarah began playing the violin as a child, but felt it was not the right instrument for her, so she turned towards playing the drums.[4][5] She also sang in a choir when she was a child.[6] At the age of 14 she salvaged an old Yamaha keyboard while spring cleaning her grandmother's house.[4][5] She taught herself to play the keys and at age 15 began to write her first own songs and founded a band with her brother Hamish.[7] Later she went to university to study music, but found that both, studying and pursuing her musical career, was unmanageable. She therefore decided to drop out from university and concentrate on her own music.[8]

The Good Natured's debut EP Warriors was self-released on 7 July 2008.[9][10] The EP received a lot of press coverage, especially for the lyrics. Their music has been compared to La Roux,[11][12] Ladytron,[2][4] Lily Allen[2][10] and Kate Nash.[2][11] Sarah herself describes their music as "dark electronic pop"[6] as well as "electronic pop with heart",[5] citing bands such as Tears for Fears, Japan and Siouxsie and the Banshees as influences.[12] Their second EP Your Body Is a Machine was released independently as well on 13 September 2009.[6][13]

In March 2011, The Good Natured signed a deal with Regal Recordings and Parlophone, under which they released their EP Skeleton on 20 June 2011.[14][15] They also signed to Astralwerks in the United States, where they made their debut with the release of Skeleton on 11 October 2011.[16] On 28 March 2013, the band announced that their debut album would be titled Prism.[17] However, on 25 July 2013, the group announced via their Facebook account that they had been dropped from their label a few months earlier, and had spent the ensuing time in an unsuccessful effort to get the masters back so that they could self-release the album. They also stated that the band's final show would be at the Temple of Boom stage at the Secret Garden Party that same month.[18][19]

On 4 December 2013, they announced on their Facebook page that they will return in 2014 "in a new shape and form".[20] In January 2014, they announced via their Facebook page that they changed their name to Lovestarrs.

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

  • Warriors (2008)
  • Your Body Is a Machine (2009)
  • Skeleton (2011)
  • Supernova (2014)

Singles[edit]

  • "Be My Animal" (2010)
  • "Skeleton" (2011)
  • "Video Voyeur" (2011)
  • "Christmas Wrapping" (with Colette Carr) (2012)[21]
  • "5-HT" (2013)[22]
  • "Lovers" (2013)
  • "Get Your Sexy On" (2014)
  • "Life Is A Bitch" (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Haim, Daniel (3 February 2011). "UK Sensation The Good Natured Set to Release Be My Animal in the US". Bloginity.com. Retrieved 3 June 2011. ... Sarah McIntosh was just 19 years old (she turned 20 last week). 
  2. ^ a b c d Lester, Paul (25 February 2009). "New band of the day – No 493: The Good Natured". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Voerding, Brian (28 February 2011). "The Good Natured Drop Out to Tune In – Top 100 Acts at SXSW 2011". Spinner. AOL. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Strange, Francesca (4 May 2010). "The Good Natured : Interview". For The Record. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Von Pip, Andy (2 June 2010). "Fire And Ice-The Good Natured Interview". The Von Pip Musical Express. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c Harrison, Suzy (2010). "Push to Fire Interview: The Good Natured". Push to Fire. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Cypherle, Jacob (7 February 2011). "Interview with The Good Natured and OOTD.". Chromatist. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  8. ^ Hollywood Q (15 October 2010). "Maroon Cafe Exclusive….. Interview with The Good Natured". The Maroon Cafe. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Warriors – EP by The Good Natured". iTunes Store UK. Apple. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Aarong, David (13 May 2010). "The Good Natured – Your Body is a Machine". Audio Drums. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  11. ^ a b Butcher, Simon (12 October 2010). "The Good Natured – Be My Animal". Q. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Preece, Rachel (27 June 2010). "The Good Natured : Interview". Matchless Magazine. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "Your Body Is a Machine – EP by The Good Natured". iTunes Store UK. Apple. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "THE GOOD NATURED – SKELETON EP". Parlophone. 27 April 2012. Archived from the original on 18 May 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Some good news (and a good song) from The Good Natured". Popjustice. 7 March 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  16. ^ "Introducing The Good Natured". Astralwerks. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  17. ^ O'Mance, Brad (28 March 2013). "The Good Natured's debut album now has a title". Popjustice. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  18. ^ The Good Natured (25 July 2013). "Timeline Photos". Facebook. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "Secret Garden Party Announces Line-up Additions Plus Headliner Regina Spektor For 25th – 28th July 2013". Contactmusic.com. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "Coming back stronger than ever next year in a... - The Good Natured". 
  21. ^ "Christmas Wrapping – Single by The Good Natured & Colette Carr". iTunes Store US. Apple. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  22. ^ "5-Ht – Ep by The Good Natured". iTunes Store UK. Apple. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 

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