Starcrawler are a Los Angeles rock & roll band formed one year ago when Arrow de Wilde first met Henri Cash on the high school yard in Echo Park. The rhythm section of Austin Smith and Tim Franco, found on the streets of Hollywood, soon followed. They play rock & roll music heavy and loud, and their incendiary performances resemble the the children of the Cramps, the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs, and Alice Cooper.
In the spring, their single Ants will be released on Rough Trade Records worldwide alongside the B-Side Used to Know. The song, written days after they first played together and recorded with producer Steven McDonald (Red Kross), was quickly discovered by London DJ Matt Wilkinson and debuted on Apple Beats One radio just as the band was playing their first few shows. The DJ loved it so much, he played it twice in a row. Soon after, it found it’s way to Sir Elton John who spun it on his “Rocket Hour” radio program, as well as to Zane Lowe who played it to further accolades. The song, documenting the unhinged beginnings of the group taking their first steps into the public eye, has already found its way into a UniQlo commercial and it's forthcoming release on Rough Trade will bring the band overseas to the UK for the first time. Concurrently, Starcrawler has spent the last few months with famed producer Ryan Adams at his Hollywood studio Pax Am completing their first full length LP due out later this year. The record hits hard like the classic debuts of so many of the greatest bands; 10 songs in under 30 minutes. Building on the groundswell of attention and hype already surrounding them, 2017 promises to be a very big year for Starcrawler. The band consists of Arrow de Wilde on lead vocals, Henri Cash on guitar, Austin Smith on drums, and Tim Franco on bass.
Although London was the city in which five-piece-firehouse Yassassin all met, their members are originally from all over the world. A playful entity that criss-crosses back and forth from Sweden, Australia, Italy and finally touching back down in the UK, Yassassin’s magnetic musical paths and ambitions drew them to the capital and to each other. Having been friends for several years whilst all in different bands (The History Of Apple Pie, LUST, Bonfire Nights, Loaded), pushing and pulling their shared and separate loves into one project seemed like a natural next step. This is a pack mentality: name patches tacked to the back of jackets, doing the things they love best with the people they love best.
The band’s no filler, all killer formula is dynamically bulletproof. Inspired by a combined love of Le Tigre, PJ Harvey and The Breeders, Yassassin pride themselves on making energetic dance-on-the-table indie rock ‘n’ roll. Melodic, catchy pop perfection is personified through ramblingly loud guitars, trembling bass lines and drums that barge their way into your bones with or without your permission.
West London four-piece and recent Ra-Ra Rok signees Weird Milk combine baroque pop references with playful harmonies and arrangements.
"London quartet Weird Milk have been pricking up ears on the live circuit in recent months, but they’ve been holding out on delivering anything in recorded form until now. ‘This Close’, however, proves it was worth the wait. Full of swooning 50s lilts and goosebumps-inducing harmonies courtesy of co-vocalists Josh King and Charlie Vaughan, it’s like a lost Last Shadow Puppets relic - if both of them were Alex Turner." - DIY Magazine