Starcrawler has released their new single ‘Stranded’. Watch it below along with our interview with frontwoman Arrow de Wilde.
Announced last month with its title track, “She Said” is the Los Angeles band’s third album but their first for a major label. ‘Trapped’ follows the release of the title track and the album’s first single ‘Roadkill’ in May.
“It’s not just a hard rock, banger type of song like we usually make,” De Wilde said. NME ‘Trapped’. “I really love that song and I’m excited to be in front of it but I’m also curious what people will say.”
In the video, directed by Gilbert Trejo, son of actor Danny Trejo and partner of Dee Wilde, the band sees a shop and fast food restaurant playing tired employees who commit immoral routine acts. A bright pink door appears when the band and the other characters decide to venture into the unknown where a party from another world awaits them.
“It was a lot of fun making that video,” De Wilde said. “It was kind of thrown together and a little bit of a scuffle but we just got all our friends and basically had a party and filmed it. Then did these little vignette scenes around that and built the story. Usually I think of a story and figure out how to make it work with the budget we have.
She continued: “For that, I just knew I wanted it to feel like a summer night. But also like a fantasy, or a movie. Or the feeling that you get when you’re on your own.” are out with friends and it’s hot and you’re in the car. In the video, these guys are in these shabby situations, or feel like they’re trapped and then they step into this fantasy party and It all comes together. Gilbert thought about that story—I just knew the vibe and the emotions I wanted it to emit.
The five-piece — featuring Dee Wilde, guitarists Henry Cash and Bill Cash, drummer Seth Carolina and bassist Tim Franco — released their self-titled debut album in 2018, followed the following year with “Dever You.”
“The first album was the first album we ever wrote as a band and this record is almost like a live album, with barely any overdubs,” De Wilde said. “I redoed my vocals, but everything is live and a lot feels like we were sounding live at the time.
“Since then, we’ve played a lot and we’ve done another album. All the band members have grown rapidly but for me, I feel that my voice and writing ability have improved a lot. I was cinematographically on the first album. I still love all those songs and we still perform a lot of them. But I sound like a kid on that record, so I feel like you’re in the middle of the three albums. Can hear the progress. Even though it’s a little more flashy, I guess, it still sounds like us.”
The album’s thrilling debut single ‘Roadkill’ felt like the perfect song to announce the band’s return, although there are “slower songs and dreamier songs” on the album.
“I was afraid that if we started with a slower or more poppy song, people would be like, ‘Oh, crap, they’re a completely different band now’,” De Wilde explained. “But we’re still Starcrawlers; we’re here, we’re back. And as the singles come out and as the albums come out, you’ll get to see more variety of our music.”
‘She Said’ was recorded over an extended period during the pandemic, which De Wilde admitted was difficult at first. “The recording process was so designed,” she said. “We’d go here for a few days, and then a month later, do a few more things because it was still a weird time. We recorded at Sunset Sound in LA for a few days, but COVID was still a concern So it was a longer process than usual.”
Naturally, the pandemic affected his songwriting, with the various emotions and feelings of the time in music. But as a band, they came out tougher and more sophisticated than this.
De Wilde said, “The band were the only people I’d seen for a really long time.” “We worked on songs and we did some small band quarantines where we found a house in the desert and wrote for the album. And we did one in the woods, even in Oregon. So it went well and I think we needed a break.
“We have been on the road since the age of 16, so although the first lockdown was really tough and I hated it, I think it helped us in the end because we were very tired just before that. This gave us time to think about the band’s next era and how we wanted to emerge after everything. ,
Starcrawler recently opened for My Chemical Romance during the band’s UK tour and will be playing alongside Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds at their huge All Points East show in London later this summer.
Speaking of playing with My Chemical Romance, Dee Wilde reveals NME: “That tour really changed things for us. We’ve toured with a lot of bands before, but I’ve never really experienced a new onslaught of fans that are from that tour. When we’re with them We played some major shows in UK and European cities. And the people who saw us at MCR came to our headline shows, which is kind of unusual. You get fans on tour, but it’s rare When it feels like they are dedicated. So I am really grateful for that.”
In addition to upcoming dates in Australia, the US and the UK, De Wilde said that Starcrawler was looking strongly for the release of ‘She Said’ and hoped it would “speak to a variety of people”.
“Don’t think this record is for just one type of person,” de Wilde said. “It’s not just for people who only like rock and roll. It’s for people who like rock and roll. But it’s also for people who like any other kind of music . I think there’s a song that can speak to anyone, and I hope it does.”
She continued: “I hope people interpret their own meanings for the lyrics because as much as I love talking about meanings, I think there’s something cool about mythology. I personally think that it’s cool when you make up a story in your mind and make some sense. Sometimes, when you have an idea of what the songs are really about, it’s not as exciting as if you put it on your own. Made in mind. That’s why I want everyone to make up their own stories.”
Starcrawler ‘She Said’ to release on 16th September.
The dates for the band’s upcoming tour are below. Visit here for tickets and more information,
10 – Albuquerque, NM – Inside Out
12 – Kansas City, MO – Recordbarrow
13 – Minneapolis, MN (with Jack White) – Armory
14 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
16 – Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
18 – Las Vegas, NV – Psycho Swim
28 – London, UK (with Nick Cave) – All Points East, Victoria Park