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Estrella

IN THE BEGINNING....

Hailing from Thurso, in the far North of Scotland, rock band ESTRELLA was formed in 2004 by the brothers, Paul (Vocals), Luke (Lead Guitar) and Nathan Gunn (Bass Guitar). In 2005, the band relocated to Aberdeen to pursue a career as full-time musicians and in 2010 made a significant change to their line-up by unearthing a real gem in Elgin's Leo McPherson (Drums) who sounds as though he’s been playing with the guys for years.

Their sound is primarily 70/80s infused rock – think Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Van Halen – awash w ...read more

IN THE BEGINNING....

Hailing from Thurso, in the far North of Scotland, rock band ESTRELLA was formed in 2004 by the brothers, Paul (Vocals), Luke (Lead Guitar) and Nathan Gunn (Bass Guitar). In 2005, the band relocated to Aberdeen to pursue a career as full-time musicians and in 2010 made a significant change to their line-up by unearthing a real gem in Elgin's Leo McPherson (Drums) who sounds as though he’s been playing with the guys for years.

Their sound is primarily 70/80s infused rock – think Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Van Halen – awash with melody and riffs, thunderous beats and anthemic choruses – all the ingredients of a dynamic fresh new rock sound for today.

Big hair, big riffs, killer tunes, dynamic on stage impact – ESTRELLA - does what it says on the tin - PLAYS ROCK - something for everyone.

SO WHY ESTRELLA. Drinking late into the night and viewing the film “Rock Star” complete with Spanish subtitles - yes they don’t know why either – the brothers realised the word “Estrella” meant “star” in Spanish – resulting in a name for their “first” band. However, over the years, as the Gunn’s gigged throughout the Highlands and until their eventual move to Aberdeen that name just seemed to stick.

ABERDEE. Newly arrived in Aberdeen in September 2005, Estrella was the opening act at Northsound 1 Radio's “Free at the Dee” live music event, performing in front of 30,000 people.

In 2006, other achievements included winning the Scottish Bandwagon/Local Hero Competition (performing at the final in the Islington Carling Academy in London) and winning the Best New Band Award at the Global Battle of the Bands, judge Matt Walker said “Estrella were real contenders. They gave a great performance. They hit the stage running and they were full of energy and enthusiasm. And I’m sure they will be a band to look out for in future..

During this time they also released their first self-titled EP, carried out a tour of Scottish schools in conjunction with local cancer charity UCAN, gigged throughout the UK and then in 2009 went on to perform at the Malta Rock Festival.



DEBUT ALBUM - "COME OUT TO PLAY. After a change in line up in 2010, the guys started working on their debut album in 2011. Deliberately retaining a low profile, the guys relocated to the Aberdeenshire countryside to focus on writing/producing new material in collaboration with John T Sinclair (Rock Musician).

The Gunn brothers first met John T Sinclair at a music workshop in Thurso, just after John had retired from his live music career, notably as keyboard player to Ozzy Osbourne and band member of both Uriah Heep and The Cult. Over the years, they remained in contact and when it came to finding a producer for their debut album, John was their first choice.

British Sound Engineer, Ashley Howe, who has worked previously with bands such as Queen, Led Zeppelin and Uriah Heep, then completed the final mixing of the band’s album.

So between commutes from their countryside hideaway in Aberdeenshire to John’s studio in Inverness and then to London for final production/engineering on their new tracks, the guys were kept busy. SO WHAT HAPPENS NOW. With their debut album complete, Estrella’s return to the live music scene in August 2011 included playing at the Morton Stanley Park Festival Redditch, some headline gigs in Aberdeen’s Drummonds and Tunnels live music venues, Glasgow’s Garage G2, Edinburgh's Hard Rock Cafe, the Rock Radio DJs Xmas Party in Glasgow’s Cathouse, Inverness’ Mad Hatters, Thurso’s Skinandis Night Club, with future dates being announced in the Gigs Section.

Now as a result of their irrepressible live performances, worldwide radio airplay and an ever increasing social media presence, these guys have steadily built a large UK, European and US fan base.

Estrella is a far throw from when the brothers first arrived in Aberdeen as aspiring young musicians with a handful of songs. These guys have matured both as musicians and individuals, flirted with several tweaks in musical direction, gigged in the UK & Malta and have now fully served their “apprenticeship”.

ESTRELL. “Play with the passion of the 70s rock band, some looks of the 80s and a fresh new rock sound for today..

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