Starcrawler – one of the best punk bands of 2018 – are continuing their rise with a new video for standalone Ryan Adams produced track ‘Hollywood Ending’. Watch the video on Gigwise below.
The track is their first since the January 2018 release of their debut album and is about praying for “the end of being lied to, toyed with, the end of false friendships and relationships. I’m begging for a clean start. Let me walk into the light,” according to powerhouse lead singer Arrow de Wilde.
Sonically it's less immediate rough and ready as the singles 'Ants' and 'Pussy Tower' - tracks that first turned us on to the band - because Ryan Adams perhaps urged more catharsis from the singer during recording.
Together they've found a melodic alt-pop heart that will help them connect to a wider audience as they make the transition from sweaty garage rock venues to big stages.
The nostalgic visual blends live performance with wistful cutaways of the band cruising around suburbia or holed up in a bedroom watching TV.
Giving us insight to the themes in the video is Director Gilbert Trejo in this long but passionate quote:
“Arrow and I almost started sowing the seeds for this video when we first met...one of the first things we bonded over was our shared love for old Hollywood... not “old Hollywood” like Golden age 1940’s Cary Grant and movie stars Hollywood, but old Hollywood like, our parents’ generations and Weetzie Bat’s version... washed out hotels, and restaurants like TOI on sunset.
"We bonded over freeways and 1920’s apartments covered in Christmas lights. The Hollywood we both got dragged around felt magical at a young age. Freaks like my aunt Vicky, and Arrow’s uncle Jimmy (who stars as the spirit of Hollywood in the video)… John Doe and Exene’s Hollywood meets Tommy Lee and Bobby Brown’s. When we got the go ahead to make the 'Hollywood Ending' video, we knew exactly what type of imagery we wanted to convey. We got to bring our own favourite disappearing neighbourhood back to life.”
There’s no news of live dates for 2019 yet – or of a follow up to the debut album, but we’ll be keeping an eye on the band who’ve fast become one of the most acclaimed by rock legends in recent months.
Of the band, Garbage’s Shirley Manson has said: ““I feel like Starcrawler, and in particular Arrow, are really challenging the norms in which women are seen in music.”
High praise, that.