With their latest album, No One Is Lost, Canadian indie rockers Stars found inspiration in the roller skate-wearing, boogie-woogie-ing disco culture of the 1970s. During a recent in-studio session for WXPN, the outfit got a chance to highlight a slightly different influence: The Smiths.
Armed with acoustic guitars, the band’s own Torquil Campbell and Chris Seligman paid homage to the perpetual inspiration of Morrissey and co. by covering 1984’s “What Difference Does It Make?”. The resulting rendition lacks the punch and jangle of the original, but Campbell’s vocals do a damn impressive job of recreating Morrissey’s inherent moodiness and pronounced penchant for dramatics. Listen to the recording below.
Campbell and Seligman also spoke with WXPN host Dan Reed about No One Is Lost and performed several album tracks. Their full set follows the Smiths cover.