Rachel Staggs is best known for her work in Experimental Aircraft, where she has perfected sculpting songs from reverb-soaked guitars. She is also one of the most prolific voices in contemporary noise pop and shoegaze, contributing vocals to bands from the UK, Australia, and Czech Republic, as well as assembling a string of solo releases and collaborations. She first stepped out under the moniker Rachel Goldstar and has collaborated with Jessica Bailiff in Eau Claire and Matt Bartram, of Air Formation in the Static Silence.
In years past, she was a member of the Tunnels, the Swells, and the Black Angels, and has recorded and performed with many other Austin artists. In October 2010, Rachel appeared with a reunited Chapterhouse on 4 of their 7 North American tour dates, singing on “Pearl”. Currently, she is composing, recording and touring with her husband in All in the Golden Afternoon.
Rachel began as a classically trained clarinetist before exploring composition on other instruments. Although her trademark sound displays her howling guitars teetering on atonal landslides paired with auspiciously undistracted melodies, she can be heard playing every instrument on many recordings. She utilizes a combination of analog and electronic methods and noises, all of which are tied together by her voice.
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I am available for hire for studio work and occasional touring. Vocals, Guitar, Bass, and Keys. I work via internet, in Austin, Texas, or elsewhere with travel expenses covered. Please get in touch to discuss working together!
Texas musician and photographer Rachel Staggs has been traveling to perform, create, and record music most of her life. Best known for her work in the band Experimental Aircraft, Rachel now makes lo-fi psychedelic indie pop with her husband in the band All in the Golden Afternoon, and solo as Rachel Goldstar.