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Starcrawler
Starcrawler

Rough Trade (2018) Kevin Fitzpatrick

Starcrawler – Starcrawler cover artwork
Starcrawler – Starcrawler — Rough Trade, 2018

Starcrawler vocalist Arrow De Wilde is one of the most arresting vocalists I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing in the last 20 years. When watching Starcrawler play live, it’s really a roll of the dice as to whether the front row will be appalled or attacked. Or both. And it’s that kind of unpredictability that makes Starcrawler unique in today’s times.

Maybe it’s a generational thing. Maybe millennial apathy has finally transgressed into truly, fearlessly not giving a shit. Or maybe it’s just because L.A.’s Starcrawler know how to rock. Or “rawk,” in the parlance. 

Considering the age of the members—barely old enough to have beer in the green room, Starcrawler gives the listening public a very assured and confident debut album.

Produced by Ryan Adams, the band beats the shit out of songs like “Love’s Gone Again,” “Pussy Tower,” and “Let Her Be” like they’re collecting on an unpaid debt. It’s refreshing to hear, and while the album doesn’t quite capture the ferocity of De Wilde and the band live, it gives a really good indication of the bruises endured. 

Starcrawler – Starcrawler cover artwork
Starcrawler – Starcrawler — Rough Trade, 2018

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