The emotive atmospherics of Nashville’s Satellite have resonated deeply with fans and critics alike. The alternative rock quartet blends boldly vulnerable lyrics with anthemic but finely textured pop. The group’s debut EP, Ring The Bells, has been critically acclaimed by Radar Online, Alternative Press, Kings of A&R, and The LA Examiner, garnering favorable descriptions such as “Snow Patrol meets Kings of Leon” and “Springsteen meets UK.” Satellite recently completed its forthcoming debut album, Calling Birds, set for a March 2013 release on Descendant Records/Sony Music Entertainment.
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“Calling Birds is meant to reference the one sound in the night that reminds you the sun's coming up. Like maybe the songs point out something making life a little easier, and, that in more ways than not, we aren't facing it alone,” main songwriter, lead singer, Steven McMorran explains. Satellite was formed in 2010 around songs written by McMorran and the production aesthetic of esteemed songwriter Mitch Allan with input from band mate Josh Dunahoo. Through crafting and recording Calling Birds, the trio deepened its intuitive creative interplay and honed its lushly introspective aesthetic. “I remember Josh and I nodding to each other when we first heard the chorus to ‘Say The Words’ with drums,” McMorran recalls. “That was first time we'd heard the idea of a band in our music.” Reflecting back on crafting the sincere and transformative pop rock on Calling Birds, McMorran says: “We put ourselves through hell to make something we'd be proud of. Ultimately, we were searching for something that makes us feel honest when we play it and feels good to hear.”