SINGLE PREMIERE: STARCOTICS “FALL DOWN THE STAIRCASE” + “BLOODWATER”
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Starcotics is a new L.A. quartet—including Spencer Lewin, Wyatt Bridges, Dylan Bostick and sometimes L.A. RECORD contributor Bennett Kogon—and their debut single is two dreamy/screamy songs they very correctly call “emogaze.” (They’ve got a few whisper-y moments, too, just in case you’re worried they aren’t hitting the full dynamic spectrum of emoness.) Flattering production—this stuff should be so headphone friendly it’s almost medicinal, and it is—and a deft sense of dynamic makes this single sound like a 7″ that never was from one of the old school indies. And if there was a video, it’d be the kind of thing you’d catch on 120 Minutes between Pavement, Slowdive and Weezer. (Or immediately next to stated band influences like the Swirlies or Lilys.) They’re working on their debut Starcotica album, and you can immerse yourself in all things Starcotic here, here and here.