Glam-influenced indie rock band Starcrawler are back with a new video for their 2018 single “Hollywood Ending.” The stylish video matches the themes of the song, with lead singer Arrow de Wilde singing along with the band while a young starlet lives out a typical Hollywood scene. Between shots of the protagonist are Hollywood icons like Marilyn Monroe and the Hollywood Sign.
Starcrawler offer a unique sound, with some of their aesthetic and fuzzy guitars recalling glam bands like T. Rex, but at the same time the song structure, melodies and guitar riffs often recall more traditional rock groups like Big Star or even Tom Petty. This juxtoposition is particularly notable in “Hollywood Ending,” a song that sees the band building from their 2018 self-titled debut album.
The video for “Hollywood Ending” was directed by Gilbert Trejo, son of notable character actor (and now, restaurateur) Danny Trejo. He had this to say about the clip:
“Arrow and I almost started sowing the seeds for this video when we first met. One of the first things we bonded over was our shared love for old Hollywood… not “Old Hollywood” like Golden age 1940’s Cary Grant and movie stars Hollywood, but old Hollywood like, our parents’ generations and Weetzie Bat’s version…washed out hotels, and restaurants like TOI on Sunset. We bonded over freeways and 1920’s apartments covered in Christmas lights. The Hollywood we both got dragged around felt magical at a young age. Freaks like my aunt Vicky, and Arrow’s uncle Jimmy (who stars as the spirit of Hollywood in the video)… John Doe and Exene’s Hollywood meets Tommy Lee and Bobby Brown’s. When we got the go ahead to make the “Hollywood Ending” video, we knew exactly what type of imagery we wanted to convey. We got to bring our own favorite disappearing neighborhood back to life.”