The Glowing Stars' first chiptune-infused song, and details from GR's own Lizzie Cuevas!

We don't usually promote our editors' side projects, but only because examples of those projects include writing about a very specific category of cartoon specials, recording videos of pets, and watching every Planet of the Apes film in rapid succession. GR Associate Editor Lizzie Cuevas, however, is actually involved in a project that's worth sharing with you guys - a shiny new 8-bit indie rock band called The Glowing Stars. Listen to the duo's first demo, I Know Now, below!

The Glowing Stars is the combined efforts of Lizzie Cuevas and Matt Payne, who began the project last year in the wake of their previous band, Sputterdoll, which dissolved in 2007. Earlier today, I walked five feet to Lizzie's desk to ask her how the band came to be, and where it's going from here. Actually, that's a lie, I AIM'd her, because I'm lazy.

"We've always had plans to have a band that does videogame music. Eventually it just sort of evolved into a chiptunes band, in which we use Game Boys to produce 8-bit sounds, and play along with vocals, electric guitar, and live drums," said Lizzie.

"Matt mods all of the Game Boys himself – we have about 30 Game Boys now that we’ve been collecting over the last few months. We both write music. Sometimes Matt will write a track on LSDJ, a program we use on the Game Boy to create these sounds, and he’ll e-mail it to me, and then I’ll write a guitar part, or lyrics, and send it back to him, and eventually it becomes a song."

Photo credit: Angelo Ibañez

The duo didn't begin writing songs until late last year, but now has a three song demo recorded (including the song above), and plans to release a five-to-six song EP (mixed by Riki Feldmann) next month, as well as begin playing live shows. They'll also be at PAX East next month with "some goodies" to give away, so get yourself to Boston! Brett Elston, Chris Antista, and myself will also be at the show, representing GR and frantically writing words about games (in between beers).

You can keep up with The Glowing Stars on Facebook and Twitter, and you'll surely find new releases soon on Bandcamp. You can also hear Lizzie accompany the sounds of Doctor Popular with her voice tonight at the EFF's 21st Birthday, which starts at 8 p.m. PST and will be streaming live at

Feb 16, 2011


  • Ginja999 - February 27, 2011 3:38 a.m.

    You guys actually sound pretty good.
  • BoondockSaint54 - February 23, 2011 5:10 p.m.

    It's a pretty entertaining song. Seems like it might be a little better if it was a faster tempo. The beginning of the song sounds like the vocals are trying to keep in time with the instruments and Lizzie has to intentionally slow herself down to keep with the timing. I'd like to hear more, though.
  • TheCakeIsaPie - February 22, 2011 2:52 a.m.

    For some reason, when Lizzie sings she sounds like Cheryll Del Rosario...
  • shyfonzie - February 21, 2011 8:39 p.m.

    The Soviettes and Tugboat had a baby
  • Outlander - February 19, 2011 4:57 p.m.

    I personally think the guitar compliments the chiptunes really well. At the 2:00 mark it gets really awesome. My only complaint is the vocals felt out of sink with the song. Though, Lizzie's singing is awesome <3 can't wait for more!
  • LaffPiranha - February 18, 2011 2:45 a.m.

    At the top of my head, the song had a Metric-like vibe to it. Wish to hear more.
  • Nodoudt - February 17, 2011 11:46 p.m.

    Great potential! I can't WAIT to hear more for these guys! Keep it up!!
  • DonCheadleVStheworld - February 17, 2011 11:24 p.m.

    At the very least, this is impressive because I think Lizzie can sing lower than I, as a male, ever could...
  • mikeydo00 - February 17, 2011 10:55 p.m.

    Cool beans Lizzard
  • iamawesome27 - February 17, 2011 10:41 p.m.

    At the beginning, Lizzie sounded a lot like Zooey Deschanel.
  • 93bleach - February 17, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    That was great...i will totally be looking out for that EP...i wonder if i could acquire enough modded gameboys to make my own chiptune music...
  • GamesRadarLizzieCuevas - February 17, 2011 6:54 p.m.

    Thanks for all the good feedback, and the constructive criticism on here has been good too - things for us to keep in mind when recording our EP! Of course, this is just the demo, so there's plenty of room for improvement. Thanks again!
  • JohnnyApplesperm - February 17, 2011 5:54 p.m.

    Sounds pretty good, especially towards the end. Keep up the good work! I love chiptunes myself and I actually have Nanoloop on Gameboy (the other big sequencing program along with LSDJ), but I'm nowhere near creative enough to make anything good.
  • jpbr139 - February 17, 2011 5:52 p.m.

    That was pretty good, waiting for the EP
  • philipshaw - February 17, 2011 2:54 p.m.

    This is great, getting a 8 bit weezer vibe from this. Can't wait for the EP
  • EliteBouncer - February 17, 2011 2:43 p.m.

    I think this is pretty damn cool. Lizzie, I play bass, guitar, and keyboards. Can I join your band?
  • RowleyBirkinQC - February 17, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    Not bad I like the ending as many have said before me, but for me the beginning is a bit too poppy, still I have the musical talent of a newt so i can't really say anything :p
  • CaptainSalmon - February 17, 2011 12:43 p.m.

    Wow, this was actually pretty sweet. No offence to Lizzie, but when I hear about new indie bands, 8bit or otherwise, I usually expect the worst. But that demo has got me looking forward to seeing what comes next. Subbed on FaceBook.
  • BMW89 - February 17, 2011 11:27 a.m.

    That ending was pretty awesome
  • Fuzunga - February 17, 2011 7:44 a.m.

    If you drop the vocals and liven up the guitar, you'll have something pretty great on your hands.

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