For the members of Canadian band Stars, Capelton Hill is a place where things don't change. From Capelton Hill, the new record from the band, is about this place, the relationships formed there, the inevitable decay of it all, and the joy and life that happens in between. More than ever, From Capelton Hill feels like a direct channeling of Stars' decades-long pursuit: "This band has always been us trying to navigate what it means to be inside a life that is going to end," says vocalist Amy Millan. "And we're getting closer."

Musically, the record feels like walking into Stars' familiar teenage bedroom. Campbell says it cuts to the band's "founding principles": it's brimming with gothic, dazzling '80s and '90s Britpop arrangements, but rendered with intimacy and warmth rather than with cold, digital remove. A wealth of horn and string arrangements unfold across the record in true Stars fashion, romantic and macabre. The fretwork and keystrokes feel closer than ever before; Millan's and Campbell's vocals are tender and undressed, as if they cut all their takes together.

The music for From Capelton Hill was composed between Seligman and Cranley over the first half of 2020, and after a first attempt to assemble the record from afar with mixed results, the band convened in Montreal to record with Marcus Paquin and Jace Lasek at Studio MixArts, Lasek's Breakglass Studio, and the band's own space, Zoomer.

From Capelton Hill is about a group of people who have spent more than 20 years together, and who have now started to face the awful, necessary calculus each human eventually must do: when will all of this end? The lyrics of "Capelton Hill," in its bittersweet, end-of-season farewell to the ramshackle house in North Hatley, offer a useful equation:

"Close up the house for one more year, wave to the lake and drive away / That feeling in your chest, it isn't fear, it's just the passing of the day."

Upcoming Shows


Apr
15
th
Fine Line
Apr
15
th
Fine Line

Stars

Hoping for Spring Tour

Past Shows


Sep
13
th
2022
Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Sep
13
th
2022
Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Cancelled

Stars

Capelton Hill ⏤ North American Tour
with Lydia Persaud
Dec
2
nd
2018
Mainroom
Dec
2
nd
2018
Mainroom

Stars

with My Brightest Diamond
Nov
19
th
2014
Mainroom
Nov
19
th
2014
Mainroom

Stars

with Hey Rosetta!
Mar
26
th
2013
Mainroom
Mar
26
th
2013
Mainroom

Stars

with Milo Greene and Said The Whale
Nov
5
th
2012
Triple Rock Social Club
Nov
5
th
2012
Triple Rock Social Club
Oct
27
th
2010
Mainroom
Oct
27
th
2010
Mainroom

Stars

with Buffalo Moon

More Shows

Apr
14
th
Fine Line

Nick Shoulders and The Okay Crawdad

with Jack Studer
Apr
4
th
Fine Line

Moonchild

Apr
19
th
First Avenue

CARCASS

with Municipal Waste, Sacred Reich and Creeping Death
May
30
th
7th St Entry

Alex Lahey

with Liza Anne