Kerosene Stars Stay Lit in New EP “Burn the Evidence”

unnamedEven a bitter cold Chicago can’t refuse the soft, tight and warm embrace of the Kerosene Stars’ latest EP Burn the Evidence.

Collectively, the four-track list breathes a consistent, silky-smooth rhythm that is meant to carry listeners through the chances they may take and changes they may encounter within the passing days.

At best, the five-piece band, which is comprised of singer and bassist Scott Schaafsma; guitarist Andy Seagram; drummer Jim Adair; percussionist Tom Sorich and keyboard and viola player Yoo Soo Kim, effortlessly sutures their skills together and constructs a heavy blend of pop, rock and indie.

Buried beneath a set of banging drums and cheery, catchy, clinking guitars, Schaafsma often sings with a heavy heart. Reflective of his past, “Don’t Believe in Miracles,” “Burn the Evidence” and “Talk Talk” are mere chapters that reveal his vulnerability.

Throughout each song, he regains his composure within his hooks – his “happy place” – where he provides an epiphanic display of clarity and serenity.

He reaches for his actions to speak louder than his words. From following a former lover abroad to following his own instinct, he later illustrates that communication, empathy and even fate all play key roles in building and maintaining a balanced relationship with others and importantly, himself.

The EP is laced together by a dreamy cover of Tom Wait’s song “Alice,” a fitting display of affection: “To go ice skating in your name, and by tracing it twice. I fell through the ice of Alice.”

The Kerosene Stars will perform alongside The Strange Lovelies and Jesse W. Johnson at The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 9 p.m. Tickets are priced at $5.

F. Amanda Tugade
F. Amanda Tugade