“Love is everything. Love is what we’re here to do. It’s what the cost is. The cost of love is death. That’s the price you pay for loving people, you have to say goodbye. It’s a heartbreaker. But it’s worth the cost. It’s worth it at the cost. I don’t think you can have one without the other. Without death, you could never love anybody because love exists only with the potential that it could be lost. For me, these two things are sisters. They sleep together. That feeling of holding someone in the morning doesn’t mean anything if you don't know that one day you won’t hold them. That’s what makes it precious.”—Torquil Campbell talking to Under the Radar about The North, Stars’ sixth studio album. Love, love, love these guys.
I was prepared to write a lengthy exposition on why Stars is a great band and how my continuous poor judgment (of which Amy is wont to remind me) concerning their touring is completely justified. Instead, I’ll just say that I’m genuinely disappointed that I won’t be seeing “Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It” every night anymore, at least for awhile, because it’s really that good live.
Also, should you be contemplating seeing them, just know that you would be supporting people who genuinely appreciate the support (and will tell you so). Good music is good music, regardless of the source, but musicians who are thankful when you show up at their shows for your own selfish listening pleasure? That’s pretty cool. (Would someone please give me a better word than “cool” already?)