Published Jun 11, 2015Singer and guitarist Salvatore Costa made a name for himself as a member of the Peterborough-based band My Darkest Days from 2009 to 2013, but he's embarking on a new project — and Exclaim! has got your first listen.
Going by the name Smashing Satellites, Costa's new band is composed of former Hey Ocean! member Devon Lougheed (guitar), childhood friend Mick Valentyne (bass) and Mykey Thomas (drums). Citing influences as wide-ranging as Prince, Queen, Pink Floyd and Daft Punk, the new outfit deliver an expectedly theatrical debut full-length with Sonicaluzion.
Blending dramatic rock'n'roll showmanship with psychedelic pop and electronic undertones, the new songs offer up an eclectic mix of sound. From the synth-tinged bombast of opener "Waterfall" to the electro-ballad "Living Loud" to the anthemically catchy lead single "What It's All About," the new record is an exciting introduction to Costa's latest project.
He co-produced the album with Bob Marlette (Alice Cooper, Tracy Chapman) and Dave Bassett (Fitz and the Tantrums, Serena Ryder) at Marlette's Los Angeles studio.
Sonicaluzion is out on June 16 through Aluzion Records, but you can give it a listen in its entirety right now in the player below.