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September 2019
Reading & Leeds

Starcrawler's glammed up retro punk turns heads at Reading 2018

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Published: 9:35 pm, August 26, 2018Words: Dillon Eastoe. Photos: Frances Beach.

Starcrawler's Arrow de Wilde has been going through Justin Hawkins' bins and found some of his old catsuits. The good news is that their glammed up retro punk has a sight more snarl and attitude.

With guitarist Austin Smith decked out in some vintage Jagger swag, Starcrawler's music is more gnarly than their getups imply. Power chords fuzz like old school Joan Jett, before a swamp rock bassline showcases a murky side as De Wilde takes it upon herself to scale the lighting rig before leaping back down to stage level. She's a master showperson, getting the crowd clapping, even, after some chastisement of "the old geezers in the back".

Having form for spitting blood at photographers, snot-rocketing at the audience and chucking their valuables around, thankfully today's fun is slightly more clean; it's a slick set of good time, dirty, rock and roll.

Starcrawler's glammed up retro punk turns heads at Reading 2018
Starcrawler's glammed up retro punk turns heads at Reading 2018
Starcrawler's glammed up retro punk turns heads at Reading 2018
Starcrawler's glammed up retro punk turns heads at Reading 2018
Starcrawler's glammed up retro punk turns heads at Reading 2018
Starcrawler's glammed up retro punk turns heads at Reading 2018
Starcrawler's glammed up retro punk turns heads at Reading 2018
Starcrawler's glammed up retro punk turns heads at Reading 2018
Starcrawler's glammed up retro punk turns heads at Reading 2018
Starcrawler's glammed up retro punk turns heads at Reading 2018
Starcrawler's glammed up retro punk turns heads at Reading 2018
Starcrawler's glammed up retro punk turns heads at Reading 2018
Starcrawler's glammed up retro punk turns heads at Reading 2018
Starcrawler's glammed up retro punk turns heads at Reading 2018
Starcrawler's glammed up retro punk turns heads at Reading 2018
Starcrawler's glammed up retro punk turns heads at Reading 2018
Starcrawler's glammed up retro punk turns heads at Reading 2018
Starcrawler's glammed up retro punk turns heads at Reading 2018
Starcrawler's glammed up retro punk turns heads at Reading 2018
Starcrawler's glammed up retro punk turns heads at Reading 2018
Starcrawler's glammed up retro punk turns heads at Reading 2018
Starcrawler's glammed up retro punk turns heads at Reading 2018
Starcrawler's glammed up retro punk turns heads at Reading 2018

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