LA’s Starcrawler have released their debut single Ants b/w Used To Know. It’s out now digitally with a limited edition blood-splattered white 7” vinyl coming on May 12th. You can pre-order the limited 7″ (500 copies only worldwide) from the Rough Trade webstore here and listen to both tracks here.
They’ve also shared the official video for Ants. Filmed at a recent show at The Echo in Los Angeles and directed by Chris Blauvelt and Autumn de Wilde, it captures the four-piece’s wildly exhilarating live performance which has earned them a rapt following in their home town. Watch it via YouTube below.
Starcrawler 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 live shows, fronted by de Wilde’s otherworldly magnetism, recalls nothing as much as a youthful amalgam of the Cramps, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Alice Cooper.
As Arrow explains in a recent interview with The Modern Girls: “I went through a period of time…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.”
Starcrawler will be playing their first ever UK shows later this month, followed by shows opening for CRX, a new band featuring Nick Valensi of The Strokes.
May 15 – London – Old Blue Last
May 16 – London– The Garage
May 17 – London – Shackwell Arms
May 18 – Brighton, The Haunt – Great Escape Festival
May 26 – Pioneertown CA – Pappy and Harriets (opening for CRX)
May 27 – San Diego CA – The Soda Bar (opening for CRX)
June 16 – Santa Anna CA – The Constellation Room (opening for CRX)
June 17 – San Francisco CA – Bottom of the Hill (opening for CRX)