The FEARLESS Starlight Band is still ‘all about the music’ after finally ‘getting back’ together post-COVID< < Back to culture
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.
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.
Listen to that interview, as well as a track off of the band’s “Fusion” album, in the SoundCloud link embedded above.