After over 15 years of classical music training, bassist and vocalist Kyle Hernandez grew restless and enlisted the help of his brother Chris to flesh out some of his rock songs. As the band "Cudahy" they released the quirky pop gem "Millenia EP". Over the last ten years the band has tightened its songcraft and enlisted Milwaukee band veterans Chris Voss (formerly First Third) and Greg Hein (formerly Powerwagon). All members now add to the songwriting pool while adding layered vocal harmonies to each others songs.
Forwarding the melodic sound and powerpop of bands such as Superchunk and Big Star, a Certain Stars hook can take up space in your head for days. The band believes in writing good songs and playing them well. That conviction landed songs from their first CD "Times Like These Call for Tambourines" on VirginDigital's "So Indie It Hurts" webcasts, alongside industry favorites like Pavement and Liz Phair. A buzz was generated across the big pond as well as they received the attention of Germany's Alooga Media Radio.
In November 2006 Certain Stars recorded five new songs at Coney Island Studios in Madison, Wisconsin. Recorded direct to 1" Analog tape, engineer Wendy Schneider got the band closer to their explosive live sound than ever before. The strength of songs and driving rock sound should find the "Wired for Sound" EP garnering more airplay and notice when it's released May 19th, 2007.
A Certain Stars live show reveals a seasoned band playing with conviction, heart and energy. The band will continue to write good songs and play them well. Catch a rising star!
Names of band members:
Greg Hein, Chris Hernandez, Kyle Hernandez, Chris Voss
Superchunk, the Replacements, Guided by Voices, Teenage Fanclub, Slade.
"Wired for Sound" (2007, Cuba Libre Records)
"Times Like These Call for Tambourines" (2004)
"Millenia EP" (as Cudahy- 1998)