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Album Review

A three-song EP, Staring to the Sun is really only suited for listeners wanting something before Scarling's next release. And even that may be pushing it, because Staring to the Sun actually only includes two tracks of unreleased material ("City Noise," with its uncanny resemblance to Interpol's "Evil," was on the band's 2005 full-length So Long, Scarecrow). The title cut is good, with singer Jessicka's sweet voice-over loud and Pixies-like guitars, which is fitting, as Scarling also includes a cover of the Boston band's "Wave of Mutilation." It works well, and if nothing else, shows how indebted Scarling are to Black Francis and Co. It's not a bad release, but its brevity is certainly a bit of a detraction, which means Staring to the Sun is best-left for serious fans only.


Formed: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Combining elements of pop and goth with a massive guitar-based sound, Scarling is the brainchild of guitarist Christian Hejnal, a former member of the Drummed, and vocalist Jessicka, who was the frontwoman of Jack Off Jill. The two met at a Los Angeles rock club, and a few weeks later they began writing songs together; their writing sessions led them to form a band to perform their new material. Joining Hejnal and Jessicka in the project are guitarist Rickey Lime, bassist Kyle Lime, and drummer Garey...
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