Starling kicked off the new millennium with his funkiest and hardest rocking record yet. Under the name MIKE STARLING & THE SONS OF DISTORTION, the 12-song album featured the talents of long-time collaborator Casey Virock on guitar, Kevin Skrenes on drums and Mike von Muchow on bass. The album got its world premiere at Professor Bob Allen's Album Encounters laser light show at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Planetarium in May 2002.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the album's release, von Muchow's Actual Sound Studio commissioned a new video for the song "Fits Right In" in 2017. The song was also selected for the soundtrack of the indie film Coffee Refills Are Free, which premiered August 21, 2003 at the Rosebud Cinema in Milwaukee.
The seed for the Sons of Distortion project was planted when Starling interviewed von Muchow for his "From the Middle Border" show on Wisconsin Pubic Radio. The two found they had similar tastes in music and after listening to some of Starling's original song demos, von Muchow invited him to his studio to run through some ideas and see if anything stuck. That first impromptu session resulted in a twisted new take on Starling's song "Insomnia," and plans were made to find the right players to play a series of live shows before going into the studio to record a full-length album.
This is the Sons of Distortion band project page on the official website of the writer, artist and musician Mike Starling. Album cover illustration "Aliens in America" by Chris Gall. Album cover inside band photo by Ron Kittleman. "Fits Right In" written by Starling and Jim Peterson. Video shot and edited by Ashley Worden. Music recorded, mixed and mastered by Mike von Muchow at Actual Sound Studios, La Crosse, Wisconsin USA. Published by Bean Hoy Music (BMI). Website developed and managed by Nine Volt Media. ©MMXX-MMXXII. All rights reserved.