When art imitates life, sometimes it follows the narrative of a man's passionate relationship with...a car. That's right; inspired by the eccentric true story of Edward Smith and his automotive affection, particularly towards a VW Beetle named Vanilla, the band STAR PERSONA is all set to make waves with their upcoming single titled "Vanilla."
Fronted by the talented Claude Malette, the main songwriter, and accompanied by his friends, each with their unique musical expertise, STAR PERSONA is a contemporary nod to the legends of rock. Drawing influences from iconic supergroups such as Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Led Zeppelin, and more, their sound is an amalgamation of classic rock anthems with a touch of modern flair.
The band, primarily based out of Claude's home, is no stranger to the local music scene, having graced stages of popular bars like The Brass Monkey and The Rainbow. One of their highlights includes playing in front of Geoff Tate of Queensrÿche during an open mike session, who was set to perform there the following night.
An earlier review once mentioned, "Star Persona are a talented outfit and their music more than deserves your attention." The band promises that "Vanilla" is no different.
Capturing the essence of Mechaphile Edward Smith's unusual romance with his "girlfriend", a white VW Beetle named Vanilla, the song delves deep into the human psyche, exploring love, obsession, and the blurred lines of passion. Recorded at the Ottawa Valley Recording Studios by Steve Foley, the song had been a long time in the making, with Claude awaiting the right lyrical inspiration.
Further context can be found in the video shared below:
Claude Malette sums it up perfectly, "Stop messing around and start rocking.