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‘Bet My Brains’ is the lead single from Starcrawler’s forthcoming album “Devour You”, to be released on October 11th on Rough Trade Records. Produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, YYYs, Arctic Monkeys), ‘Bet My Brains’ distills Starcrawler down to its essence with a massive guitar riffs, rollicking drums and a wide screen performance by Singer Arrow de Wilde that illustrates just how ready this band is to explode into the mainstream.

Devour You drops October 11th!! Limited edition version on blood marbled vinyl with a scratch + sniff sleeve available from the Rough Trade Records webstore and indie record shops!

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Starcrawler are a ferocious punk band from Los Angeles, fuelled variously by rage and unknown dark forces. Lead Vocalist Arrow De Wilde is a creature stirs and a bedraggled waif with tangled hair hanging over her paint-smeared face, dressed in a tattered and bloodstained white dress  She half staggers, half walks , looking slightly bewildered. Then, she grabs the microphone and begins to snarl, roar, arch her back and generally contort and writhe her way through Stooges-esque garage punk rock.

Arrow de Wilde leaves all the talking to the guitarist Henri Cash, an energetic player with a certain New York Dolls flamboyance and Heartbreakers esque nihilism. Arrow drops to the floor in a protective crouch, Sometimes she collapses, spreadeagled, onto the stage.

But the performer Arrow de Wilde really embodies is Iggy Pop: She gurns, she writhes, she gyrates, Another touchstone may well be Courtney Love, but Courtney Love having a really, really bad day. Starcrawler play killer punk rock and while Arrow is an extremely charismatic frontwoman, what she’s goes beyond is a little girl lost performance:

Band Members
Henri Cash- Guitar
Austin Smith- Drums
Arrow de Wilde- Vocals
Tim Franco – bass

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Starcrawler have shared a brand new track. Our favourite Los Angeles band, Capturing front-person Arrow de Wilde’s manic live performance, “She Gets Around” was produced and mixed by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, David Byrne, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and was the first of many times to come that guitarist Henri Cash, drummer Austin Smith and bassist Tim Franco have had a chance to really spend time in a studio and aim to make a record vs simply document a live moment. “She Gets Around” hints at 90s alt-rock bands such as The Breeders and Nirvana, while showcasing the strange, one-of-a-kind spirit and ferocity that is Starcrawler.

The first taster of their forthcoming second album, ‘She Gets Around’ comes ahead of summer tour dates alongside the likes of The Distillers, Beck and Cage The Elephant.

‘She Gets Around’ is the latest single from Starcrawler, out now on Rough Trade Records.

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Arrow de Wilde has come here to bleed. She’s standing tall and slim in shiny white satin on an outdoor stage in Hollywood, stumbling behind the mic, grabbing her forehead, her crotch, eyeballs bulging. “I got a problem with you in my world,” she snarls on the song “Let Her Be,” as her band Starcrawler rips up the night air with a fuzzy, modern take on Seventies glam rock and punk.

“Come on, turn up your fucking hearing aids!” de Wilde challenges her audience of the moment, which is bold talk considering that Starcrawler is here opening for an all-star tribute to the MC5. The headlining act includes half of Soundgarden, with members of Guns N’ Roses, Fugazi, Faith No More and the original Motor City 5. But de Wilde will come as close to blowing that firepower off the stage as a wild-eyed 19-year-old can.

She leaps into the front rows, grabs a fan’s cell phone and tosses it into the crowd, and then takes someone’s 35mm camera before crawling back onstage to smash it on the floor. The band hardly seems to notice. Guitarist Henri Cash slashes a raw, hypnotic rhythm from a song called “Chicken Woman,” and de Wilde begins drooling fake blood and looking like a woman possessed.

“Walked in the house/Slaughter written on the wall,” she warns, eyes rolled back. “They’re just counting seconds/Before the eye starts to fall.”

For de Wilde and the Los Angeles band, rock & roll is meant to be loud, physical and messy. The songs are tough and tuneful, with echoes of Black Sabbath, Kiss, Alice Cooper and T.Rex, soaked in loads of reverb and bad attitude. Starcrawler formed only three years ago and just dropped their self-titled debut in early 2018, but people are quickly taking notice, thanks to their infectiously scuzzy hard-rock tunes and unhinged live shows, which have already earned them praise from Garbage’s Shirley Manson and a spot opening for the Foo Fighters.

“I try to control it, but sometimes I can’t,” de Wilde says of her onstage abandon, over breakfast in Los Angeles, now mostly soft-spoken as she eats a bowl of granola and yogurt. Her hair is bleached to a frazzled blonde. “I just let it happen. Sometimes it happens in my favor, sometimes it doesn’t. I forget that people’s senses of humor aren’t the same as mine.”

There was that night at the desert roadhouse Pappy & Harriet’s near Joshua Tree, California, when she spit up water on a table full of people eating ribs. The band, which also includes drummer Austin Smith and bassist Tim Franco, sometimes gets mad over the confrontations. “We did have to pay for a guy’s broken phone because I knocked it out of his hand at a Foo Fighters concert at London Stadium. Those fans also hated us,” she says with a laugh. “They did not like us at all.”

The band’s 10-song debut, Starcrawler, was produced in L.A. by singer-rocker (and not-so-secret metalhead) Ryan Adams, whose private Pax-Am Studio was decorated with Danzig and 45 Grave posters. De Wilde and Cash write most of the songs together, and Adams advised them to strip things to their essence, including the psycho-twang of “Train,” which opens the album at under 90 seconds. De Wilde’s blues lyrics were inspired by ancient train hoppers and prison escapees.

“He’s a songwriter, so his producing has to do with the song itself — like, stop doing that craziness: ‘Don’t bore us, get to the chorus,'” de Wilde says of Adams. “I’ve always liked songs that have good hooks and don’t have a bunch of bullshit.”

Twice as long as “Train” is the hard-rocking “I Love LA,” a churning tribute to her hometown that presents a portrait of the city beyond its Hollywood clichés. “There’s so many people you see walking down the street, like a ranchero walking next to an old Jewish lady handing out rainbow cookies,” says de Wilde. “There’s flowers everywhere and there’s different smells: tacos and weed and piss and whatever. At any part of the day you can get two-dollar tacos that are amazing.

The band is rehearsing today, but they’re working without de Wilde, since she plans to be busy painting her new apartment a variety of “fun colors” with her boyfriend, filmmaker Gilbert Trejo (son of Machete star Danny Trejo). He directed a horror music video for the manic “Chicken Woman,” opening with a scene of a panicked de Wilde covered in blood and limping down an empty desert road.

The album’s lone ballad, “Tears,” is about de Wilde’s only experience with heartbreak. “I dated another musician. Me and Henri started writing it before I broke up with that guy, but then it became a way better song after we broke up,” she says happily. They haven’t figured out yet how to fit “Tears” into their otherwise hard-rock set, and no one ever asks for it, but the singer already knows how she wants it to unfold: “I’ve started crying during shows, which is hard, because it strains my eyes. It would be cool to cry during that song — like really bawling.”

The singer was born in 1999, the daughter of rock and fashion photographer Autumn de Wilde, who has referred to young Arrow as “my alien baby.” Arrow was sometimes photographed with some of her mom’s favorite subjects while growing up. Her father is rock drummer Aaron Sperske (Beachwood Sparks, Father John Misty, Blondes, etc.) who gave Arrow her first blast of Blizzard of Ozz at 13 and changed her life. She was on the crazy train for good.

On some school nights, her dad would sneak Arrow into a club to sing the Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb” with his cover band. She eventually started a fanzine and wanted to learn more about punk rock and glam, and turned to former Germs drummer Don Bolles for an interview. “I became obsessed with glam,” she says. “He came over to my dad’s place in Hollywood, and he showed me all these glam records and everything I need to know. Uncle Don, he taught me a lot.

De Wilde started dabbling in short-lived teen bands. There was one called Honey Creeper that lasted three performances before breaking apart. “They thought I was bossy and didn’t really believe that I could do anything,” she remembers. “They ended up starting another band without me in secret.” She put Starcrawler together while still at an arts magnet high school in downtown L.A. Smith was a Facebook friend she barely knew who played drums. She then approached Cash, a longhaired kid who carried a tuba around school but also played guitar. With Franco on bass, de Wilde’s dream band was complete.

“It took me a long time trying to find people. They were the only people I knew that could play music that were cool,” de Wilde says. “I just picked the right people that were determined. It meshed together.”

The sound that came out was close to what she already heard in her head. And the live sets were confrontational from the beginning, some squeezed into a tiny space for 50 friends right off of Sunset Boulevard.

With Starcrawler, de Wilde also discovered a side to herself she didn’t realize existed. The crazed banshee that hard-rock fans see onstage now is a long way from how she once saw herself. “I’m a pretty chill person,” de Wilde says with a laugh. But being in the spotlight has unleashed something dangerous and explosive. “I’m pretty low energy most of the time. My energy is used up in this one thing. Most of the time I’m sleepy.”

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The first thing mentioned when discussing Starcrawler is the band’s live show. Their music is fierce, their records explosive – but their outrageous live shows define them. The drama, the surprise, the danger, the command. From singer Arrow de Wilde’s physical abandon to Henri Cash’s slash ‘n’ burn guitar antics, the LA outfit is a group you need to see in action to fully appreciate. Ozzy Osbourne fiend de Wilde takes her voice to all kinds of places; she’s a mesmerizing front person whose vocal attack drags you deeper into Starcrawler’s songs.

Starcrawler’s “Chicken Woman” an exclusive live performance for Vevo DSCVR, the channel for the best in new music.

“Chicken Woman” is a track from their new self-titled album, produced by Ryan Adams (who has said listening to the band is like “being hit by four trains at once.”) Kinda glam, kinda punk, they’ve perfected a way of imploding and exploding at the same time. With a sense of humor. for a glimpse of their don’t-care attitude. For a glimpse of their don’t-care attitude, check their “I Love LA” video, which finds them rocking the hell out of a Silver Lake donut shop. And share “Chicken Woman” with a friend. The buzz around Starcrawler is getting louder by the minute.

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For its new video, the Los Angeles band Starcrawler strung together shots from their adventures during a recent sold out tour of Japan, and the result might help explain why rock ‘n’ roll fans have been giddy about their rise.

Directed by lead singer Arrow de Wilde, the clip focuses on two particularly raucous shows. De Wilde, whose gangly frame recalls the Cramps’ Lux Interior in his prime, is a whirlwind of energy onstage, so much so that her dancing can sometimes seem like a physical reaction to the sound waves crashing through her body.

The video also features bandmates guitarist Henri Cash, drummer Austin Smith, bassist Tim Franco and what seem like a whole lot of bruised arms and legs. But as with any visual Starcrawler endeavor, de Wilde steals the show. She shakes and shimmies, bangs and stomps as head-banging fans rock along.

The song is taken from Starcrawler’s self-titled debut album, which seems hellbent on earning fans on every continent. As with the rest of its songs, “Love’s Gone Again” has little time for pleasantries or self-absorbed naval gazing. Instead, de Wilde sings about “a boy, a little boy/ He was created to destroy.”

Just don’t call them a nostalgia band!  Arrow De WIlde and the boys from LA buzz band, ‘Starcrawler’ to talk about the young group’s musical influences, putting out an analog recorded album with producer Ryan Adams, their crazy fans and much more!

Starcrawler are all manic yelps and big-ass, unapologetic riffs; they have a song called “Pussy Tower”; and frontperson Arrow De Wilde, clad in a corset, she moves like she’s drunk off of bat blood and with Cherie Currie’s spit. Any given moment you might see her doing back bends, rolling on the stage, grinding on a tree, and smearing fake blood on her face, before spitting it onto the crowd to alternating disgust and delight. In less capable hands, it would be corny, but Starcrawler just makes it a hell of a lot of fun—less an ode to forebears like Ozzy, than a revitalization that puts some lifeblood back into long-anemic guitar music.

Starcrawler’s debut single “Ants” b/w “Used To Know” is out now on Rough Trade Records on 7″vinyl

Starcrawler!! Need we say anymore?? , Got a feelin these LA punks are going to feel right at home in the Pit!

Starcrawler are a Los Angeles rock band who formed two years ago when lead vocalist Arrow de Wilde first met drummer Austin Smith. Shortly thereafter, she found guitarist Henri Cash at her Echo Park high school and LA native 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.

They released their debut single “Ants” in 2017 and London DJ Matt Wilkinson quickly discovered the track and played it on his Beats One show, after which the track made its way to Zane Lowe and Sir Elton John, both of which spun the track repeatedly. The band made several trips to the UK and Europe over the remainder of the year and opened for bands such as the Foo Fighters and Black Lips in the USA. Starcrawler  released their debut album on January 19th, 2018 recorded with Ryan Adams in his Pax AM studio in Hollywood. It features their present single “I Love LA” and is out everywhere on Rough Trade / Beggars.

Spend 13 minutes with Starcrawler and you will NEVER BE THE SAME.

The young punks of Starcrawler have been lighting up L.A. with their famously fun and ferocious live shows, and now they’re catching ears across the country with their self-titled debut album, produced by Ryan Adams.

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Ranging from 17 to 22, this quartet kicks out a scuzzy brand of glam-rock and 80s LA hair metal. Arrow de Wilde and Henri Cash write the tunes and alternate on the vocals as Austin Smith and Tim Franco handle the engine room. They wear their influences on their sleeves, they’re practically an encyclopedia of 70s music and they crush it. They’re fun, brash and most importantly; massively talented.

Whether paying homage to The Runaways on “I Love LA” or working on some heavy sludgy jams like Chicken Woman and the closer What I Want, they build each tune on a wicked riff by Cash as Franco & Smith keep the train on the rails. It’d be easy to label these kids as a novelty act but you’d be sadly mistaken. These kids rip it hard.

It puts a smile on this old fucker’s face that kids are still cranking out music like this. They are touring around now and will be at SXSW in Austin Texas this spring where they are an absolute must-see. You never know you might even get bitten.

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Having made a name for themselves with squalling riffs, thundering beats and their incendiary live shows oozing Arrow de Wilde’s otherworldly magnetism, Starcrawler are truly captivating. Recorded by Ryan Adams on analog tape at his Pax-Am studio, the 10-song album proves that yes, this foursome are making rock and roll exciting again!

Formed in 2015 when 18-year-old lead vocalist de Wilde first met guitarist Henri Cash at their Echo Park high school. Cash has played guitar since his hands were big enough. Today, he could rival his idol Jack White. He’s often so lost in adrenaline he doesn’t know his fingers are bleeding. At the Echo last year, he broke his nose onstage and didn’t realize it until he saw his disfigured face at a photo shoot the next day.

Shortly thereafter they were joined by the rhythm section of Austin Smith (drums) and Tim Franco (bass). Smith, the eldest, carries the air of a Venice skater but grew up in Hollywood. His rhythmic partner, Franco, is the quiet one. “I thought Tim looked like a prick [at first],” Cash says. “But he’s the nicest guy.” If ever there were an attack on Starcrawler, de Wilde assures that the rhythm section would defend them. “They’ve got the guns,” she says.

Ryan Adams has been tweeting up a storm about them saying things like “This Starcrawler record is gonna peel the paint off your brain!” and “Starcrawler are so fucking insanely good. Soon they will rule this galaxy.” After signing to Rough Trade Records earlier this year, they quickly released their debut single Ants, which caught the ear of Elton John who played the track on his Beats 1 radio show. Soon after, they were on the cover of LA Weekly – their hometown paper. The headline was “With Fake Blood and Frenetic Songs, Starcrawler make rock feel dangerous again”. In the article, Arrow describes that “bands are boring nowadays” and that “there’s no mystery”. That helps explain a little bit of why their shows have become the stuff of legend.

This will be the bands Second limited 7″ on Rough Trade. Starcrawler taken from their newly released Ryan Adams– produced debut album. Starcrawler hail from Los Angeles and were formed a year ago . Shortly thereafter, the streets of Hollywood brought them the rhythm section of Austin Smith (drums) and Tim Franco (bass). Starcrawler are the future of the rock n’ roll legacy of bands like Kiss, X, Sonic Youth and The Stooges.

When the band launch into their song “Pussy Tower.” (“It’s about giving head, whatever,” shrugged Starcrawler’s frontperson Arrow de Wilde, Once the song gets underway, de Wilde disappears from view, then re-emerges and spews blood over the audience. Some scream, others laugh. It’s some party trick.

Starcrawler have been gigging around L.A. for a year, often with fellow glam-punk revivalists The Lemon Twigs. Chances are you’ll hear about their fluid-secreting rock & roll before you see it.

When it comes to the music, Starcrawler are so conscientious that, in a bid to “look pro,” they recorded their first single, “Ants,” and its B-side, “Used to Know,” before even playing a gig. “Ants” is a literal anthem about the summer ant infestation that plagues Cash’s house annually. It’s fast, furious and was written as quickly as it plays out. “Ants” was played on Beats 1 radio by Elton John. “It’s funny ’cause people were like, ‘Elton John’s playing your song,'” .

Starcrawler have found a kindred guide in singer-songwriter producer Ryan Adams, who recorded their forthcoming debut LP on analog tape at his Pax-Am Studio in Hollywood. Adams discovered the band while following de Wilde’s mom Autumn on Instagram; like many rock musicians, Adams has been photographed by the elder de Wilde. When mom passed the message along to Arrow, her response was like someone hearing of a long-lost uncle: “Ryan Adams? I hadn’t heard that name in years.”

Starcrawler are definately the future of the rock n’ roll legacy of bands like Kiss, X, Sonic Youth and The Stooges.

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