As a prelude to the band's 2002 release, 'stripped' offers fans a glimpse at another side of Four Star Mary's intense and deeply melodic music. Laying bare singer Tad Looney's voice, 'stripped' is an intimate departure for the guitar-oriented group. Featuring acoustic versions of two songs which will be appearing on the bands next release, 'Too Far Gone' and 'Strangled,' this enhanced CD also contains 5 video files which can be played on a home computer. Video tracks include footage from the live recordings, a full-production video for 'Dilate' as seen on national TV, and an interview with Tad, Zu and Steve. Recent Bio: Four Star Mary is an independent rock band based in California comprised of members with origins from around the U.S. Each of the founding members and musicians who have worked with the band bring a healthy dose of divergent musical backgrounds, and you start to see why journalist have splashed praises in magazines such as LA Weekly, Q Magazine, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, to name a few, saying such things as 'more sense and sensitivity (plus a dose of mighty melodic intuition) than they have any right to' and songs "sport epic choruses and churning, scything guitar lines... enough to make record executives across America weep with regret. " Despite the odds, FSM was formed, and the resulting synergy of minds and music led to a group that is not only prolific, but (unlike most of it's brethren) actually writes as a group. Four Star Mary is a collaborative musical effort. Everyone in FSM is a good songwriter in his own right. And almost more importantly, everyone listens to each other. The only aspect of their songs that doesn't represent a combined effort by all is the lyrics, that is Tad Looney's private domain. (Tad is lead singer and yes "Looney" is his birth name.) ' The result of this collaboration has been slow but steady growth of Four Star Mary's profile within the overwhelming multitude of bands that comprise the music scene worldwide. And in addition to live shows, Four Star Mary songs have been used by television shows such as ABC's Miracles, Fox's 'Party of Five,' MTV's 'The Real World' and "Road Rules" and the WB's 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' raising the band's profile internationally. The result of TV exposure was a deluge of fan email and soaring sales of Four Star Mary's self-titled EP and subsequent full length CDs. Four Star Mary has done this all primarily self-supported which says a lot in the aggressive world of music. Contact Luna Management for more information. Frank Mario, 214-725-1200 12900 Preston Road, Suite 1150, Dallas, TX 75230.