Starsailor Love Is Here on 180g LP
Starsailor burst onto the scene in 2001 when their single "Fever" earned them the title of "Britain's best new band." The band was formed at Wigan and Leigh Music College by music students James Walsh (vocals/guitar), James Stelfox (bass), and Ben Byrne (drums). Later saw the arrival of keyboardist Barry Westhead, who cemented their sound.
In April 2000, after seeing their first London show (at the Heavenly Social) the NME wrote: "One live encounter was enough to convince many sceptics that here was a band who were genuinely special, blessed with a singer whose voice thrummed like an emotional telegraph wire, that swerved the pitfalls of indie melancholia and were clearly in love with rock 'n' roll and all its possibilities."
Their second single, "Good Souls," reached the Top 20, and "Alcoholic" earned the band their first UK Top 10 hit. Subsequent 2001 debut, Love Is Here reached No. 2 in the UK Album Charts in October 2001, after receiving great critical acclaim. The year ended with the band winning the "Brightest New Hope" award at the NME Awards. "The whole thing was amazing," says Walsh. "It was like being catapulted into a world of madness. There was no preparation for it at all."