Starcrawler: She Said Tour 2022
Schubas Tavern Chicago - Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Fronted by the ever charismatic Arrow de Wilde, lead guitarist Henri Cash, bassist Tim Franco, drummer Seth Carolina, and pedal steel / guitar from Bill Cash.
And there you have it- 5 musicians who know how to utilize every inch of a stage, know how to incite a crowd, know how to go full on / rock show style, no matter the size of the venue, no matter the size of the audience.
All of their songs, new and old, know how to define an urgency with delivery, along with angst and downright fun provocation.
And even on a Wednesday work day night in Chicago, the crowd that sold out Schubas Tavern was upping the ante as well, even with a little mini mosh pit opening up some three songs in, during "I Shot the Sheriff" into "I Love LA".
So yeah, the show was boisterous and full of lots of energy.
And everything was bathed and washed in the color pink.
I mean everything.
From the roadie cases, the microphone stands, the backdrop, the guitar pedal boards, the amps- everything was in pink.
The lighting for the show- also in lots of pink, and some magentas as well.
As a photographer, I'm usually not a fan of the color pink, because it washes out skin tone, bleaches through set design and clothing and skin, making life miserable when editing photos for a deadline.
But hey, this is a full on pop punk with an attitude rock show folks.
Have to suck it up and convey editorially what the fuck is going on, what the fuck I just witnessed.
If the band wishes to be bathed in pink, I will oblige accordingly.
Have to say for the most part, I'm happy with the outcome with the color pink setting the overall mood of all things Starcrawler, and their new album "She Said".
This is Starcrawler's third release, and by far they've learned a thing or two along the way production wise / songwriting wise, what with their songs at their most punchiest and gnarliest, and all things nostalgic like you're in a Quentin Tarantino movie conveying all things seventies.
All ten track from "She Said" were in the setlist, with highlights from the album throughout their set, with the brash and full on fun of "Roadkill", along with another standout in "Stranded", with some awesome guitar riffs courtesy of Henri Cash, and of course one of my favorites from the album "Thursday", which is harder, with a faster tempo and all things in your face, which performed at an intimate venue such as Schubas- Arrow was in your face. Henri Cash was in your face.
So from album listens to live performance- all the songs from "She Said"- you can sense that they were geared for this- better live than on vinyl / CD or download, that's for sure.
Fine by me, since in essence, Starcrawler are a band meant to be on the road, a traveling circus of wicked wonderment, a band that's a band that even at a young age, has seventies rock in their genes, willing to threaten, willing their will upon you.
Rock is certainly not dead, and is downright visible and fun with bands such as Starcrawler, fronted by a gal who commands and demands, and yells out in all honesty if the vibe ain't right in matching her vibe.
She can survey a crowd and take notes quickly in how to up the ante no matter the occasion.
As for Henri and the gang backing her up- you can tell that they're all in too, rolling and rollicking along as a tight knit unit and making their songs timeless as all get out, to the point when you can look back and say you remember when you saw Starcrawler perform to a 200 person crowd at such and such venue.
Starcrawler- this band- they are that damn good.
Bobby Talamine - JBTV Music Television Chicago
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