The headphone jack: SIUE Alumni drop new EP on Nov. 9

Members of Starwolf pose for a photo to promote the upcoming release of their new EP, “Ti Amo, Stargazer,” set to drop on Nov. 9.       

“Don’t stop. Don’t stop”…. listening to Starwolf’s music.

If you’re a fan of retro-space, funk music, Starwolf is the band you’ve been looking for. With chill techno tones mixed with an upbeat bass line, the sounds they put out are refreshing compared to what plays on the radio. Their electric synth soundtracks take you straight back to the ‘80s.

The local band took the BMI stage at LouFest 2017, and The Alestle covered the memorable performance.  The members themselves are a St. Louis-based trio, two of whom graduated from SIUE.

Chris Rhein, of Belleville, Illinois, and Tim Moore, of Springfield, Illinois, are both SIUE alumni. The third member is Max Sauer, of Springfield, Illinois.

Always willing to support former students, we have been listening to their music in The Alestle office for the past year. The band’s first two songs, “Mysterious Love” which was released in 2016, followed by “Promised Land,” in 2017, were both recorded in Atlanta with Jason Kingsland. The songs have a unique sound that is incomparable to anything in mainstream music today.

If one absolutely has to compare them to any other bands, Starwolf could pass for a slower, funkier version of Huey Lewis and the News, Genesis, Duran Duran or even “Life on Mars” era David Bowie.

Of course, they aren’t an exact replica of any of these bands — their sound is completely their own. Listen to them and decide if you agree.

The best part about Starwolf being an up-and-coming band is they are currently working on new music. Since the festival last year, they have been writing and planning for their new EP, “Ti Amo, Stargazer.”

The EP itself has six tracks, and from the sound of it, it will be big.

The music is just as synth-pop as before, but they have more variety than their previous singles.

Starwolf is branching out just enough for their songs to be different while still being consistent with the sound they’ve branded themselves with, which is important when building a fan base.

They have already released their main song with a rad music video, “Ti Amo, Stargazer,” which can be found at Like the song says, take a chance with them and listen — you won’t be disappointed.

The EP officially drops on Friday, Nov. 9, and the band will play at the Blueberry Hill Duck Room on Friday, Nov. 23 with the Old Souls Revival and The Free Years. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Starwolf officially starts at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and can be purchased at

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