The STERNS parted ways a few years ago, but their power-pop traces are found all over town: guitarist Alex Stern plays in New Collisions, guitarist Emeen Zarookian took center stage with Spirit Kid, and true man-about-town Andy Sadoway drums in Girlfriends. Now, the Sterns have returned (minus one busy Spirit Kid) with their first new batch of songs in three years. “The Space Race Goes On” revels in the majestic psychedelic-pop bliss of classic Sternage, slowly building on a Sputnik-romance refrain of “I think I love you/But you’re in Russia” over eight kaleidoscopic keyboards. A few years ago, the Sterns were on the verge of a breakthrough — playing Hot Stove Cool Music at Fenway, joining the Rock Band fraternity, and touring with the Meat Puppets — so we hope 2.0 picks up with similar ambition. Expect a few shows in the spring, then an official release later in 2k11. In the meantime, download the MP3 below.
DOWNLOAD: The Sterns "The Space Race Goes On" [mp3]