Album Review Starcrawler - Starcrawler

Starcrawler - Starcrawler

A hedonistic dream on paper who don’t quite match it on record.

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Fusing glam rock, Cramps-esque horror-punk and a dash of early Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LA troupe Starcrawler are a hedonistic dream on paper but don’t quite match it on record. ‘Chicken Woman’ is a highlight – a weird, Syd Barrett-esque slice of psych surrealism, while there’s something pleasingly straightforward about ‘Full of Pride”s four chord kiss off. But on the predictable ‘I Love LA’ or fuzz-heavy ‘Different Angles’, it all feels a bit studied – a band with all the pieces that haven’t learnt how to fit them into their own shape quite yet.

The People Have The Power: Mystery Jets

The People Have The Power: Mystery Jets

Having already set their sonic sights on the ’80s and outer space, on ‘A Billion Heartbeats’, Jets’ feet are firmly back on Earth, documenting the here and now in their most important work to date.

Close-Knit Compadres: Pottery

Close-Knit Compadres: Pottery

Cooking hot dogs in the shower. Writing love letters to drum kits. Finding enlightenment in puddles. Welcome to Bobby’s Motel, and meet its fantastic, frenzied rock’n’roll residents, Pottery.