Live Concert Photography: The Distillers with Starcrawler at Brooklyn Steel 5/29/19
Currently comprised of Melbourne, Australia-born founding member and primary songwriter Brody Dalle (vocals, guitar) along with Tony Bevilacqua (guitar), Andy Granelli drums) and Ryan Sinn (bass), the Los Angeles-based punk act The Distillers can trace their origins back to late 1998 when the Dalle met Kim Chi (bass). The Los Angeles-based punk band’s founding duo bonded over their love of listening and playing punk rock — and they eventually wound up recruiting Detroit-born Rose Mazzola (guitar) and Matt Young (drums) to complete the band’s initial lineup.
Epitaph Records released the band’s 2000 self-titled debut. 2000 also saw the release of their sophomore album Sing Sing Death House, which was re-issued in early 2002 as a result of the popularity of album single “Seneca Falls.” The band went through the first of a series of lineup changes — Kim Chi and Matt Young left the band to join Exene Cervenka‘s band The Original Sinners. Ryan Sinn was recruited to replace Chi while Andy Granelli was recruited to replace Young.
By the end of 2002, the band’s new lineup of Dalle, Sinn and Granelli went on Stateside tours with No Doubt and Garbage. Tony Bradley (guitar, vocals) joined the band in time for the writing and recording sessions for their third full-length album, and major label debut, 2003’s Coral Fang, which was released by Sire Records.
2005 saw further lineup changes. In early 2005, Granelli left the band to join Darker My Love and by the summer Sinn had left to join Angels and Airwaves. The band now just comprised of Dalle and Bradley, spent the rest of the year denying the rumors that the band was breaking up, saying that the band was simply going on hiatus. After giving birth to her first child, Camille, Dalle and Bradley formally announced the band’s breakup and went on to form Spinnerette.
Last January, Dalle shared a teaser video on The Distillers’ Instagram page and then opened a Twitter account to confirm that the band would be reuniting. Interestingly, at the time it was rumored that the first four accounts that the band’s Twitter account followed would make up the reunited band lineup — Dalle, Bradley, Granelli and former Spinnerette bandmate, acclaimed producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes; however, the band’s Twitter account unfollowed Johannes and subsequently followed Sinn.
The band built upon a buzz worthy year by playing their first official show in over 13 years at San Diego‘s The Casbah last April. Last September, the band released their first single in quite some time. And a few months ago, the members of The Distillers announced that they had begun recording their fourth album, the long-awaited follow up to Coral Fang.
Since their Brooklyn Steel show, the band has extended their tour, playing dates with The Misfits and Death Valley Girls. Check out the tour dates below — and then check out photos from the show below.
With the release of last year’s critically applauded, self-titled debut, the Los Angeles-based indie rock act Starcrawler, comprised of Arrow de Wilde (vocals), Henri Cash (guitar), Austin Smith (drums) and Tim Franco (bass) quickly emerged into the national and international scene for a sound that is indebted to 90s alt rock — and for a feral live show. Since the release of their full-length debut, the Los Angeles-based quartet have been busy with a busy touring schedule that has seen them play at some of the world’s major festivals including Primavera Sound, Rock Am Ring, Download Festival, Voodoo Festival, FujiRock Festival, Reading Festival, Leeds Festival, SXSW and others; in fact, the band won last year’s SXSW Grulke Prize for best US act, after consistently kicking ass over the course of 9 shows in a grueling 4 or 5 day period.
Adding to a rising profile, the band opened for the likes of Foo Fighters, MC50 and Morrissey — and they were included as part of last year’s incredibly diverse crop of Vevo DSCVR artists; however, they were the only ones to have Garbage‘s Shirley Manson praise the band and their frontperson in a video testimonial. 2019 may arguably be an even bigger year for the up-and-coming band: their first single of this year “Hollywood Ending” received praise from NPR and Rolling Stone, and as a result, the track spent several weeks at #1 on speciality radio charts — and so far they’ve spent the bulk of the year on tour, opening for the likes of Beck, Cage The Elephant, Spoon and The Distillers to support their forthcoming, highly-anticipated sophomore album.
Starcrawler is currently on the road, making a festival stop in Spain before opening for Beck, Cage the Elephant and Spoon during a run of West Coast shows. Check out tour dates below.