Starcrawler Talk Finding Their Sound, Approval of Dave Grohl, Elton John

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If there's one thing rock and roll lacks in 2018 above all else, it's danger.

Coloring within the lines was never what the genre was about. But over time, as rock became popular, it started making money; rock became pop; rock streamlined; rock apologized and lost its counterculture appeal.

That's where Starcrawler comes in.

Despite the band's collective laid back personality, there's ever-present danger to Starcrawler's live shows and its debut album. 

With an average age of about 20, Starcrawler's members are just knowledgable enough about their genre's past as they are sure to be part of its present. The band's punky garage rock enthusiasm caught the attention of Ryan Adams, who produced Starcrawler's debut album.

Singer Arrow de Wilde tells Q104.3 New York's Out of the Box with Jonathan Clarke that her parents were chiefly responsible for introducing her to the music of bands like Black Sabbath, Iggy Pop, The Stooges and The White Stripes.

"My dad introduced me to a lot of music and I liked it, you know, and just found more on my own," de Wilde says. 

De Wilde started the band with drummer Austin Smith, innocently enough, because he was one of the only people she knew who played drums. 

"We were just connected and I started hanging out with her at her grandparents house which is our now rehearsal studio," Smith tells the show. "For at least two or three months, it was just her and I making noise. I can barely play guitar, and I was trying to be like 'We should try this!' She would play drums. [We'd go back and forth.] It would be kind of just like figuring out what to do."

Eventually de Wilde met guitarist Henri Cash at school. Smith credits Cash with giving the band "more structure" in its nascent stage.

"It was kind of hard when it was a singer and a drummer, and neither of us really play guitar," de Wilde laughs. "We were like, 'What do we do?'" 

Starcrawler later rounded out its lineup with bassist Tim Franco, and the band did figure out what to do. In addition to Adams producing the band, rock legends like Dave Grohl and Elton John have publicly approved.

Watch the full Out of the Box interview above!

Get all Starcrawler's tour dates here.

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Here's the official music video for Starcrawler's "I Love LA":

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