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Dope Stars Inc. - Biography

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Dope Stars Inc. was formed on May 8, 2003 by Victor Love (vocals, guitars, synthesizers, drum machine), Darin Yevonde (bass), Grace Khold (designer, live keyboards) and Brian Wolfram (guitar). They began working on their debut EP, "10.000 Watts of Artificial Pleasures" on May 8, 2003. The EP was produced and recorded by Victor Love very swiftly and cost nothing to produce. Multiple pressings sold out and it is currently out of print due to the fact that most of the songs were re-recorded for their debut album, ://Neuromance.

The EP blew the press away in few weeks, getting an unbelievable feedback from magazines and collecting top score reviews and articles on the big press all around the world. Rock Sound Uk said: "Arrogant and bratty they may appear (that'll be the Motley Crue influence then) but it's great to see a band with balls walking the walk instead of just talking the talk!"

Dope Stars Inc. signed a deal with legendary German record label Trisol and started the production of their first full-length release. Also in February, Brian Wolfram left the band and was replaced by Alex Vega, previously guitarist for Klimt 1918. In April the band entered in studio to record the debut album "://Neuromance" teaming up with producers Thomas Rainer (L'Ame Immortelle) and John Fryer (Depeche Mode, HIM, NIN, White Zombie). ://Neuromance was released on August 22, 2005. Throughout 2006 the band continued working on new material, and on August 4 they released the Make a Star EP. The EP featured four new songs produced by Victor Love himself and a new rearranged version of "Make a Star", again produced by Thomas Rainer. Make a Star EP sold out in less than 2 weeks.

During summer 2006 guitarist La Nuit joined the band for the live line-up freeing up Victor who started to perform only vocals on the live set. In the same summer the band plays at the most important alternative festivals in Germany performing at Wave Gotik Treffen, Amphi Festival & M'era Luna Festival on the stage with bands like Bauhaus, Ministry, And One, 69 eyes, Moi Dix Moix, Clan Of Xymox and many others. In the same period the band also get featured in many episodes of "BamRadio" the radio show of MTV superstar Bam Margera.

After a full year of touring, Dope Stars Inc. entered Subsound Studio to record a new full-length album between July and September 2006. Gigahearts was released on December 5, 2006, straight after a tour of 11 dates in Germany supporting ASP. On December Dope Stars Inc. are also featured on the cover of Orkus Magazine English, the most important gothic magazine. Back from the tour, because of personal reasons, Grace Khold left Dope Stars Inc. during winter 2006. In the same period guitarist La Nuit, joined the band as a full-time member. The band decide to not look for an immediate replacement and continue as a quartet with Victor Love taking care of composition of all synthesizers like he has done for all the previous releases.

On January 27, 2007, Dope Stars Inc. performed at the premiere of Saw III with the director Darren Lynn Bousman in Munich, Germany. A new song titled "Getting Closer" inspired by the movie was released on the European version of the film's soundtrack. Some time after Noras Blake joined the live line-up of Dope Stars Inc. to take care of synthesizers at their upcoming shows. Dope Stars Inc. started their second German tour together with Entwine and Jesus On Extasy and performed for the second time at the Wave Gotik Treffen. During summer the band played in Spain (Barcelona), Netherlands (Utrecht) at Summer Darkness Festival and in Uk at Infest Festival (Bradford). In early October Alex Vega decided to leave the band for personal reasons and focus on his new doom metal band The Foreshadowing. Now the band stays as a trio with Victor performing vocals and guitars on the live set. Few weeks after, the band jumped on tour supporting London After Midnight and Kirlian Camera from 27 October to 8 November around Germany, France, Belgium and Austria.

In december Ash Rexy of the industrial rock band Erotic Juliet joined the band to perform live keyboards at their upcoming shows. The band performed on 22 December at Tempo Rock for the 2nd edition of the Dark Fest and at the On a Dark Winter Night festival together with Nightwish, Amorphis, Blind, Jesus on Extasy, Tarot and Van Canto in Salzburg Arena (Austria - 28 Dec) and Oberhausen König-Pilsener Arena (Germany - 29 Dec).

On early 2008 the band joined the family of Mama Trash Promotion, agency working already with bands like The 69 Eyes, Private Line, Gemini Five and confirmed 2 shows in Finland on 19 and 20 April (Helsinki, Tampere) and 2 shows in Russia on 25 and 26 April (St. Petersburg, Moscow)

Dope Stars Inc. are featured on the official soundtrack of horror movie SAW 4 with the song "Beatcrusher" out of Gigahearts.