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Starcrawler At The Echo, Friday January 13th 2017

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Starcrawler

 

You know when it happens, you go see a show and the opening band is so good that it may have stolen the entire night? Don’t get me wrong, the Regrettes were also fantastic, they were the stars of the night, it was their record release party, the crowd loved them to death, the Echo was packed to the roof and magic happened.

However, Starcrawler, which opened the night very early on – it was a family show with many kids around – left a lasting impression on everyone…. ‘Well I don’t think I will forget this performance anytime soon,’ I heard a young man say after their set. And he was not the only one.

They fired up the small stage of the Echo with aggressive guitars and the dramatic moves of their frontgirl, Arrow de Wilde. All set long, she moved like a spider from Mars making plenty of I-wanna-be-your-dog moves and you couldn’t detach your eyes from her. Her body is so long and thin, she almost looked like an all-claw-out alien, and the extension of the distorted chords of guitarist Henri Cash. One thing is certain, they wanted to kill us, stab us at each one of their bold riffs and pounding beats, expressing an impressive stage confidence. Arrow played with inflated balloons and the beard of a guy standing front row, she groaned and howled, and after several back-rollings on the stage floor and more crawling toward the crowd or the drum set, some (fake) blood came out of her mouth at some dramatic moment, in a very Friday the 13th spirit,… Gimme danger at any time!

Although these kids looked very natural at what they were doing, there obviously was some serious attempt to make us believe we were attending some mad celebration of rock & roll, while bringing up all the decadence and fun of a good old punk show. But the music wasn’t some filling or fun and futile pretext for their antics, it was punk rock in all its fury and passion with the crashing guitars of the Stooges, heavy bluesy inflections of Black Sabbath and an homage-madness to the greatest…. At the last song, Arrow took a bed pillow, tore it apart, making a feather rain over the crowd, looking like possessed by the demon of rock & roll.

It’s always amazing to witness the birth of a young band, Arrow, as the daughter of indie rock photographer Autumn de Wilde and drummer Aaron Sperske (Beachwood Sparks, Father John Misty, Ariel Pink) is already rock n roll royalty and the band has been recording what is probably their first session at PaxAm, the studio of Ryan Adams, who has been praising the band: ‘Starcrawler are so fucking insanely good. Soon they will rule this galaxy,’ Adams tweeted last October. With this promising start, I don’t know if Starcrawler is gonna save rock & roll, but they are working on it, and it sounds and looks effortless.

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