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The Upbeat: StellarDrive

Of the Oakland Press

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Name: StellarDrive Formed: Summer 2007 in St. Clair Shores

Members: Eric Deluca, vocals (Sterling Heights); Rob Fraser, guitar (St. Clair Shores); Doug Brooks, bass (Warren); Dylan McCarty, drums and guitar (Sylvan Lake).

Sound: Modern hard rock circa ’90s Seattle, “but we’re trying to put a bit more soul into it,” McCarty says.

Influences: Gov’t Mule, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Tool

Day jobs: Deluca manages the Premier Salon in the Oakland Mall Macy’s. Fraser repairs televisions and other electronics. Brooks installs glass blocks, and McCarty is a real estate appraiser.

What’s in a name? McCarty credits guitarist Fraser with coming up with StellarDrive, but he hopes it’s not misunderstood. “We don’t want it to come across in an arrogant way,” he explains. “We’re not talking about ourselves being stellar; it’s that feeling you have in a stellar moment. That’s what we were going for.”

Born to bang: The son of rock guitarist Jimmy McCarty (Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, Cactus, Detroit, the Rockets, Mystery Train), McCarty was born into rock ‘n’ roll and says that from a young age “there was no question that this is what I’d want to do. My parents split when I was young, but my mom always let me travel with my dad’s bands. Being exposed to all that and out on the road was all I ever knew. So it was different for me being in high school and talking about putting a band together. It wasn’t a dream; it was what it was going to be for me. I didn’t picture it any other way.”

Hear ’Em: StellarDrive has just released its debut album, “Where We Are.”

See ’Em: The group celebrates the release of “Where We Are” on Saturday at the Hayloft, 140 N. Main St., Mt Clemens. Overtow, Pillar of Autumn and Soul Circus will also perform. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for those 21 and older and $18 for those aged 18-20. Call (586) 468-1010 or visit www.myspace. com/thehayloftvenue. StellarDrive also performs at 8 p.m. May 9 with guest guitarist Jim McCarty at the Oakland County Sportsmen’s Club, 4770 Waterford Road, Clarkston. Admission is $20. Call (248) 623-0444 or visit www.ocsc-mi.org.

Surf ’Em: myspace.com/stellardriveusa

Web Site: www.myspace.com/stellardriveusa

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