New Video: Starcrawler Releases an Anthemic Country-Tinged Rocker

Over the past few months, I’ve written a bit about the Los Angeles-based indie rock act Starcrawler, and as you may recall, the band quickly emerged with the release of last year’s critically applauded, self-titled debut album, an effort that established their sound, a heavily grunge rock-inspired sound, and for a feral live show. Since the release of their debut, the members of the band — Arrow de Wilde (vocals), Henri Cash (guitar), Austin Smith (drums) and Tim Franco (bass) — have had a busy touring schedule that has seen them play some of the world’s biggest music festivals, including Primavera Sound,Rock Am Ring, Download Festival, Voodoo Festival, FujiRock Festival, Reading Festival, Leeds Festival, SXSW and others.

Adding to a rapidly rising profile, the band was included as part of last year’s incredibly diverse crop of Vevo DSCVR — but they were only ones to have Garbage’s Shirley Manson praise the band and de Wilde in a video testimonial. They’ve opened for Foo Fighters, MC50  Morrissey, Beck, Cage The Elephant, Spoon and The Distillers. But 2019 may arguably be the biggest year of the young band’s history: “Hollywood Ending,” the first single from the band this year received praise from NPR and Rolling Stone, and as a result, the track spent several weeks at #1 on speciality radio charts. And the band’s highly-anticipated sophomore album Devour You is slated for an October 11, 2019 release through Rough Trade Records.

Produced by Nick Launay at Sunset Studios, the album finds the band capturing the aggression and essence of their unhinged live show and pairing it with a more elaborate, more nuanced yet harder-hitting sonic palette to create a sound that the band’s Arrow de Wilde says ““encapsulates all the blood, sweat, bruised knees, and broken fingers of a Starcrawler show.”  “Bet My Brains,” Devour You‘s first official single, was a T. Rex-like boogie shake, centered around de Wilde’s feral vocals, a massive guitar riff and a cretinous and forceful stomp. Interestingly, the album’s second and latest single “No More Pennies” is a mid-tempo, country rocker with an enormous hook that reveals an ambitious, young band growing more mature and adventurous with their songwriting and sound — while being reminiscent of Headbanger’s Ball-era metal and T. Rex.

Directed by the band’s Arrow de Wilde and Jonathan King, the recently released video as the de Wilde explained in press notes, “.  . . started with an archive of 16mm film that Gilbert Trejo shot with us on tour and at home over the last year.” “I was editing it together with Jonathan and we were both drawn to a lot of the shots of us around Los Angeles. So we jumped in a car, and shot the video performances around town trying to capture the feeling we get when we’re all together back in the city. We had our friends with us – Gilbert, Annie Hardy (Giant Drag), Mary James, my uncle Jimmy and Jonathan’s chihuahua Earth Angel. It’s got a feeling that captures the dreaminess of the song.”

Starcrawler will be hitting the road in October to support their sophomore album and it’ll include an October 25, 2019 stop at Rough Trade. Check out the rest of the tour dates below.

Tour dates
10/4/19 – San Diego, CA – The Irenic
10/5/19 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
10/7/19 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
10/8/19 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
10/9/19 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
10/11/19 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
10/12/19 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake Lounge
10/14/19 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
10/15/19 – Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge
10/16/19 – Saint Paul, MN – Turf Club
10/17/19 – Chicago IL – Lincoln Hall
10/19/19 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
10/22/19 – Montreal – Bar Le Rtiz PDB
10/23/19 – Somerville, MA – ONCE Ballroom
10/25/19 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/26/19 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
10/27/19 – Washington, DC – Pie Shop
10/28/19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café
10/30/19 – Detroit, MI – Hell Night @Third Man Records
10/31/19 – Nashville, TN – Halloween @Third Man Records
11/1/19 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5
11/2/19 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
11/5/19 – Austin, TX – Barracuda
11/8/19 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
11/9/19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre

 

 

first time. The video was directed by singer Arrow de Wilde and Jonathan King. “We started with an archive of 16mm film that Gilbert Trejo shot with us on tour and at home over the last year,” de Wilde says, “I was editing it together with Jonathan and we were both drawn to a lot of the shots of us around Los Angeles. So we jumped in a car, and shot the video performances around town trying to capture the feeling we get when we’re all together back in the city. We had our friends with us – Gilbert, Annie Hardy (Giant Drag), Mary James, my uncle Jimmy and Jonathan’s chihuahua Earth Angel. It’s got a feeling that captures the dreaminess of the song.