UK Band Killerstar Share Video For New Single “You’re A Chameleon”

Buzzed-about new UK band KillerStar – Rob Fleming and James Sedge – roll out the video for “You’re A Chameleon” ahead of their self-titled debut album’s release. The disc has earned a four-star review in the March issue of the UK’s respected Mojo magazine as well as press accolades in the US.

Watch the video for this Fleming-penned “driving hard rock track that blended in some catchy vocal hooks, melodies and harmonies, with a few twists and turns,” he says. Fleming (guitars, synths, vocals) and Sedge (drums) are joined on You’re A Chameleon” by three of the late great David Bowie’s most trusted collaborators, Earl Slick (guitars), Gail Ann Dorsey (bass), and Emm Gryner (backing vocals).

With lyrics like “When were you going to let me know/Is it time to let things go/I am seeing all the signs, can you read between the lines/You keep me running on,” “You’re A Chameleon” invokes “someone who is chameleon-like in character, chopping and changing, up and down and yet despite all of that is supportive and inspiring,” reveals Fleming.

The song’s drama is amplified by the engaging video with its focus on a male character—played by actor Sami Erkkila-Pinta—who goes about his business secretly and enigmatically in the streets of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was directed by Laura Lynn Petrick, whose credits include music videos for Weyes Blood, Jessica Pratt, Allah-Las, Girl in Redm, and TOPS. Her films include Lempo (coming soon, 2024) and Superior (2016), featured in Cannes Aviff.

As heard on their introductory singles “Got Me All Wrong,” “Falling Through” and “Should’ve Known Better,” KillerStar expresses timeless ‘70s musicianship and art-rock invention through a contemporary prism. And if you’re reeling back the years, where better to look for inspiration than Bowie? The duo have called upon an array of his key collaborators for the project—Earl Slick (guitar), Gail Ann Dorsey (bass), Mike Garson (piano), Emm Gryner (backing vocals), Mark Plati (bass), Tim Lefebvre (bass), and Donny McCaslin (saxophone)—and collectively they’re created the seemingly impossible: a band that’s new and essential for 2024, but also one that channels the creative ethos and independent spirit of the man himself.

KillerStar was formed by Fleming and Sedge (drums) to capture a sound that they felt was missing: one that linked the current resurgence of psychedelia, the contemporary indie and alternative scenes, and the primal rush of early ‘70s rock ‘n’ roll. While they were definitively David Bowie fans, the idea of assembling a team of his collaborators arose more by chance than design when Rob invited Emm Gryner to contribute vocals before the other members arrived almost fortuitously.

With songs exuding gritty rock ‘n’ roll and time-honoured glamour, the record was full written and arranged by Rob and James before being completed by some suitably top tier collaborators. Mixing was provided by Dave Eringa, best known for his long-term creative connection with Manic Street Preachers, while mastering was provided by Miles Showell at Abbey Road.

The result is the band’s debut album, which will be released on limited edition 180-gram gold vinyl, black vinyl, CD and digital formats.

On the live front, KillerStar will play a special UK album launch show at London’s 100 Club on March 16th.

Rob and James will be joined by three of the key musicians on the album in the shape of Mike Garson, Mark Plati, and Emm Gryner (who will also play an opening solo set) along with keyboardist Dom Beken (Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, The Orb), and guitarist Kevin Armstrong.

Notably, Armstrong collaborated with Bowie on the soundtrack for the film Absolute Beginners. He also played in the band for Bowie’s Live Aid appearance and recorded the song “Dancing In The Street” with Bowie and Mick Jagger. He co-wrote the title track of Bowie’s 1995 album Outside and was a member of Tin Machine. Kevin was also the guitarist and bandleader for Iggy Pop from 2014 to 2019. He played guitar on the Iggy Pop album, 1986’s Blah Blah Blah, and was musical director for Iggy Pop’s world tour that year. He also played in Sinead O’Connor’s band, amongst many others.