Starcrawler hail from Los Angles and were formed one year ago when lead vocalist Arrow de Wilde first met guitarist Henri Cash at their Echo Park high school. Shortly thereafter, the streets of Hollywood brought them the rhythm section of Austin Smith (drums) and Tim Franco (bass).
They play with squalling riffs and thundering beats, and their incendiary performances, fronted by de Wilde’s otherworldly magnetism, recalls nothing as much as a youthful amalgam of the Cramps, the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs, and Alice Cooper and the New York Dolls.
The accompanying video was filmed at their show in November 2016 at The Echo in Los Angeles and perfectly captures the frenzied energy of the band and Arrow’s wild stage presence. As Arrow explains in a recent interview: “I went through a period of time in sophomore year where I was really angry and frustrated, I wanted to start a band so badly because the band I had with my friends (before Starcrawler) had fallen apart. So I started watching live videos of The Runaways and studying Cherie Currie’s moves as well as Iggy Pop and Kiss…I slowly started to create this character, this alter ego maniac.”
The band will be playing their first shows in the UK this May in London and at Brighton’s Great Escape Festival. Starcrawler will also be releasing a new album sometime early next year, recorded over the past few months with Ryan Adams in his Pax AM studio in Hollywood.