The FEARLESS Starlight Band is still ‘all about the music’ after finally ‘getting back’ together post-COVID

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While many things about Southeast Ohio’s cosmic rock-pop outfit The FEARLESS Starlight Band have changed since WOUB’s last profile of the band in 2017, many things haven’t. Key among these fixed aspects is a core belief that music has inherent value, the kind that can’t be measured in sales of albums or tickets – or even in numbers of digital streams or social media shares.

Founded in 2016 by Athens-based attorney and musician Frank Lavelle, the FEARLESS Starlight Band has always been a radically creative and tenacious group of individuals – after all, what other kinds of folks can release a whopping 15 records over the course of only five years? Perhaps Dayton’s Guided By Voices – but that only goes to prove that it may be an Ohio thing when it comes to such an affinity for profuse creative creation.

Frank Lavelle of The FEARLESS Starlight Band practicing with the group in Vinyl Coffee in Washington Courthouse, OH. (Photo by Trent Brown)

After a short but cheerful phone call with Lavelle in early February, I find myself pulling up to Vinyl Coffee (143 North Main Street), a coffeehouse in Washington Courthouse, where I have been instructed to meet the band for an interview on a gloomy, wet night in late March.

WOUB’s Emily Votaw interviews The FEARLESS Starlight Band. (Trent Brown)

Listen to that interview, as well as a track off of the band’s “Fusion” album, in the SoundCloud link embedded above.