Hometown: Baltimore

Current members: Brandt Huseman, guitar and vocals; Nat Bradley, guitar; Paul Anderson, bass and vocals; Jeff Trueman, drums and vocals

Founded in: 2004

Style: Americana power pop

Influenced by: the Smiths, R.E.M., the Replacements, Gin Blossoms

Notable: The album came out in December, and the Creative Alliance show is the official CD release party.

Quotable: "When we went into the studio, we specifically got very clear as to what we were doing throughout the song," Trueman said. "We nailed the tempos, we nailed the phrasing. We wanted to get very clear as to what we were going to play for each song. It made the songs tighter and it ... didn't bust our budget, because we didn't have to go in there and make those decisions then and there."

For more information about the band, visit thepalestars.com



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