Telenovela Star
Love, Lust, Sci-Fi & Monsters
September 2007 Radio Star

Wildly Diverse

After their incredibly well-received EP, Telenovela Star are back with their first full-length self-release, Love, Lust, Sci-Fi & Monsters.

Tracks are now airing on Radio Stars 1, pop and power-pop. Our review will be published later.


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Telenovela Star
received 02.06

Telenovela Star are SO Church of Girl!

// Telenovela Star airs on Radio Stars 1, Pop and Power Pop //

Super Fantastic

In another instance of fate transacting on Craigslist, this NYC tri-borough trio united through the online institution.

Hanna Klein (bass, vocals), Magdalena Argyros “Maggie” (guitar, vocals) and Nikkiesha McLeod “Nikkie” (drums) met in the spring of 2004 at Smash Studios, and right off, they knew they would create something special together.

Their individual backgrounds are truly diverse and bring a rare mix to indie-rock. Maggie was raised all around Queens, though her history is on the isle of Corfu, Greece. She dabbled a little with guitar when she was just 16, but put it away to make a go at stage acting. 12 years later she picked up the guitar again and hasn’t turned back! Maggie discovered her love of songwriting after joining her first band 5 years ago, where she played rhythm guitar, synths, and began singing backup vocals.

Nikkie was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. She moved to the US at age 19 and promptly started a 6 year career as a punk rocker in the DC/Maryland area. She started drumming at 9, and went on to be part of a steel pan orchestra of 100 players when she was in Trinidad. It’s Nikkie’s beats that are the foundation of Telenovela Star, changing the flavor from chill R& B, Funk and hop-hop undertones to innovative alt-rock beats.

Hanna was born in Transylvania, and through a “lucky government deal” she found herself in Baton Rouge, then in Massachusetts, then to Japan, and has reluctantly settled in NYC. Hanna was required to play piano as a little girl, and got her first bass at a pawnshop for $900, which her mother got her - perhaps as a thank you for enduring the many years of forced piano playing. She has been playing in bands for the last 6+ years at venues around NYC.

Telenovela Star is, simply, hot! The thunderous drum beats, cool guitar riffs, and sassy, strong and coolly commanding vocals set them apart from many indie-rock acts. Le Plum Deux features Romeo Void-esque guitar elements, which immediately endeared us to the song, and months later, it remains on our list of one of the hottest songs of 2006 to date.

Their EP was recorded in December 2005 and within a few weeks of sending out promo’s, “The Car Song” was chosen as the theme music for a new series on a Beyond the Break, a major cable network show about competitive female surfing that started airing last month. The band has plans to return to the studio later this year to begin work on their first full length album, and will continue performing in NYC and all around the Northeast. We can’t wait to hear what’s next for this impressive all-girl FORCE!

By Mary Ann Naylor + Church of Girl
16 May 2006