|Origin||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
Starky were an Australian power pop band formed in 1998. The line-up was Beau Cassidy (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Nick Neal (bass guitar and spoons), and Jonny Wilson (guitar). Their first single, "Rock 'n' Roll is the Devils Music", was released in 1999 by Phantom Records, they were named Best New Talent by Channel V, and received $50,000 for a music video. In October 2003 their debut album, Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre, was issued by Laughing Outlaw Records, which was produced by Rob Younger. It was the Feature Album on Australian youth radio station, Triple J.
On 12 August 2006 they released their self-titled album via Universal Records. The lead single, "Hey Bang Bang", appeared ahead of the album, and debuted at No. 42 on the ARIA Singles Chart. It received considerable airplay on Triple J, and was nominated for Breakthrough Artist – Single at the ARIA Music Awards of 2006. On 28 July 2007, following their final show at the East Brunswick Hotel, Starky disbanded, which they announced via a MySpace blog.
Starky formed in 1998 from half the members of Sydney pop band, Pennidredful, which had released a single and two extended plays, Money for Some Woollen Socks (May 1997) and The Ping Pong Delegate, on Phantom Records. In 1999 Starky's debut single, "Rock 'n' Roll Is the Devil's Music", also appeared on Phantom. P G Gleeson opined that "The title track is not the initial grabber; rather a grower... with track two, 'Pencil Sketch', featuring Brian (Golden Rough) Crouch on keys, a quiet little ditty, and the closer, 'She's Gone', back to the foundation sound of the record."
Starky's line-up, in 2002, was Beau Cassidy on guitar and lead vocals, Nick Neal on bass guitar, David Simons on guitar and Brenden Clift on drums. They had toured the United States, Japan and France during that year.
Starky's debut album, Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre, was issued by Laughing Outlaw Records on 6 October 2003, which was produced by Rob Younger. The line-up was Cassidy, Neal, Simons and Graeme Trewin on drums. The Barman from I-94 Bar felt that "You get 11 tracks on Mirror... and there's not a clunker among them. The killer single 'That's How I'll Know' and another previously released cut, 'Complicator', have been re-recorded, and now boast a big beefy, bottom end."
In November 2005 they issued their self-titled EP on Universal Records with Cassidy and Neal joined by Saul Foster on drums. It was produced by David Eringa (Manic Street Preachers, Starsailor). Michelle Evans of FasterLouder noticed they were "Pounding out the Britpop the way it is meant to be played, the songs on this EP culminate the resonance of early '80s new-wave with modern day power pop." By December the trio were joined by Peter Farley (ex-Gelbison) on keyboards and Johnny Wilson (ex-Faker) on guitar. The Starky EP reached No. 13 on the ARIA Hitseekers Singles chart.
They performed at the third Come Together Festival at Luna Park, Sydney in June 2006. Neal told Kelsey Munro of The Sydney Morning Herald about their touring, "We're in the midst of an After the Fall tour, then we get a few days off and start doing the remainder of the Gerling tour. Yeah, we're busy, we haven't had much sleep in the last few days... This amazing rock'n'roll lifestyle."
Their second album was self-titled and appeared on 12 August 2006 via Universal Records with Starky as the four-piece of Cassidy on lead vocals, Foster, Neal and Wilson. Its lead single, "Hey Bang Bang", was issued ahead of the album, and debuted at No. 42 on the ARIA Singles Chart. The track had been recorded in London and was initially meant for a B-side – however it became their first top 50 hit. It received considerable airplay on Triple J, and was nominated for Breakthrough Artist – Single at the ARIA Music Awards of 2006.
- Saturday Night, Sunday Morning (2004) – Laughing Outlaw
- Starky (November 2005) – Universal Records ARIA Hitseekers Singles: No. 13
- "Rock 'n' Roll Is the Devil's Music" (1999) – Phantom Records
- "That's How I'll Know You" (2002) – Laughing Outlaw
- "City Prison Doors" (2003) – Laughing Outlaw (live for Triple J's "Live at the Wireless")
- "Hey Bang Bang" (7 August 2006) – Universal AUS: No. 42
- "Is This How It Ends" (2006) – Loog
- Starky Music on MySpace.
- The Barman. "Starky reviewed". I-94 Bar. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
- Gleeson, P G. "Review – Starky 'Rock & Roll is the Devil's Music' single". Sounds Review. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
- "The Band". Starky Official Website. Archived from the original on 28 December 2002. Retrieved 8 February 2017. Note: User may need to click on "The band" tab to access further information.
- Cashmere, Paul (7 December 2005). "Starky Signs to Island". Undercover News. Paul Cashmere, Ros O'Gorman. Archived from the original on 18 May 2006. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
- Evans, Michelle (10 January 2006). "Starky – Starky". FasterLouder. Junkee Media. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
- "Week Commencing ~ 20th March 2006 ~ Issue #837" (PDF). The ARIA Report. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (837): 17. 20 March 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 April 2006. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
- Munro, Kelsey (2 June 2006). "Come Together Festival – Gig Reviews – Music – Entertainment". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
- "Week Commencing ~ 14th August 2006 ~ Issue #858" (PDF). The ARIA Report. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (858): 2–3, 7, 11, 18, 33. 14 August 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 September 2006. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
- Hung, Steffen. "Discography Starky". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
- "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year 2006". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 8 February 2017.
- Official website
- The evolution of Starky
- "A Starky-Eyed Surprise" by Carl Dixon at FasterLouder, 12 March 2006
- Comments about the song Saturday Night, Sunday Morning
- Starky live at The Dwarf
- Review of Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre at PopDiggers
- That’s How I’ll Know You at PopDiggers
- Interview with Starky (in Spanish) at Muzikalia