Stellarator was formed by Pat Stirrat and Theron Stevenson in late 2017, after Pat and Theron started to collaborate on some songs that Pat was developing. Theron’s voice, writing and guitar playing were exactly what was needed to turn these ideas into great songs. Neel Daniel & Pete Glase, two of Pat’s long-time band mates and collaborators, make up the rhythm section on bass guitar and drums respectively. By April 2018 the band was fully formed and started work on their debut EP, Pins & Wires.
Anchored by the songwriting of Pat & Theron, Pins & Wires showcases the band’s melodic indie pop/rock sensibilities and strong hooks. For these recordings, several guest musicians were brought in, including John Stirrat (trumpet, bass guitar) & Henry Stirrat (drums, percussion), as well as Ken Stringfellow of Posies/Big Star/REM fame who sang backing vocals and played keys, guitar and percussion on some of the songs.
Pins & Wires is available on iTunes, Amazon, Band Camp, and most of the digital networks (Spotify, Pandora, YouTube Music, etc). We hope you like what you hear. If you do, please tell your friends. Thanks!
You can follow the band on their Facebook page (facebook.com/StellaratorBand
), and also by following @StellaratorBand on Instagram & Twitter.
Theron Stevenson - lead vocals, lead guitar
Pat Stirrat - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Neel Daniel - bass guitar
Pete Glase - drums
John Stirrat - trumpet, bass guitar
Henry Stirrat - drums, percussion
With special guests:
Ken Stringfellow - backing vocals, keyboards, guitar, percussion
Gryff Thomas - bari sax
Adrian Goodwin - trombone
About the EP title: Soon after putting the plan together to record this EP, Pat suffered a bad break of his collarbone in a skiing accident. Broken in two places, the bone was literally put back together with “pins and wires” (and a metal plate). This injury put everything up in the air, as they weren’t sure if he could play his guitar and keyboard parts, or even engineer these recordings. Luckily the surgery went well and he figured out how to work around the injury. Fun fact: the x-ray of his broken bone is the basis for back cover artwork.... :)