Starcrawler returned to Las Vegas on their biggest stage to date, opening for headliners Beck and Cage the Elephant on the Night Running Tour at the Park Theater. Starcrawler’s shock punk rock show was a startling start to the night for some of the audience, not quite prepared for vocalist Arrow De Wilde’s lanky, contorted, night of the living dead-esque antics. With her bloodstained gauntness and sex choked writhing around, the show left some standing fixated in awe while others got downright appalled.
De Wilde’s seemingly unhinged antics may get your attention, but the band is fast growing a following for their garage band punk rock sound and unconventional lyrics for a group so young and new. De Wilde is part Patti Smith, part Courtney Love, a dash of Marilyn Manson, and a good spoonful of Iggy in the mix for on stage charisma that oozes out enough to scare you. Back that up with a fucking great guitar player in Henri Cash - jumping and throwing his hair back, dressed like a matador and tearing into his guitar like a crazed bandit.
In contrast to the frenzied over stimulated pair out front and center, drummer Austin Smith and bass player Timothy Franco appear almost serene in contrast, poker faced and with little drama, watching over the ruckus from the edge, keeping things tied down to solid ground on the rhythm end so De Wilde and Cash can continue to havoc on.