There’s a bit of beautiful poignancy in a band naming its EP A Million Ways To Exit on the day before we all waved goodbye to the miserable clusterfuck of a year that was 2016. But that’s the approach of Boston guitar-rock trio Stars Like Ours, who, while spitting in the face of all the Year in Review lists from here to Pitchforkia, dropped their latest record on December 30.
Stars Like Ours feature bassist/vocalist Michelle Paulhus, guitarist/vocalist Kristin Holliday, and drummer Rice Edmonston, and they first crossed our paths a few months back at the Girls Rock Campaign fundraiser party at Hojoko in the Fenway. On A Million Ways To Exit, the trio blend ’90s-licked alt-rock with throwback pop hooks, and for our money, the standout jam is the punchy lead track, “I Don’t Mind,” which wouldn’t sound out of place on a mix alongside Belly and Letters To Cleo.
And while they soundtracked our exiting of 2016, the record also serves as an entrance point to the New Year.
“You will definitely be seeing a lot more of us in 2017,” Edmonston warns. That all starts with A Million Ways To Exit, which you can hear below via the Stars Like Ours Bandcamp, and at their next show, an American Civil Liberties benefit and Boston Women’s March afterparty January 21 at O’Brien’s in Allston alongside Petty Morals, Carissa Johnson, and DJ Leah V.