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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.

Customer Reviews

A tragically beautiful CURE-like goodbye!

Its Scarling..They could never put out anything bad in my book and these songs by all means are worth the money. I call this the Lets-review-single because when you listen to the lyrics and you have listened to Sweet Heart Dealer and So Long, Scarecrow in and out, backwards and forwards and you know the lyrics you find a distinct correlation and reference to Scarling's past, but with a poppish shoegazing revamp. "City Noise", showcases the Scarling. desperate, powerful and melancholy sound perfectly and is quickly becoming a trademark to throngs of the lost and lonely. Singer Jessicka's perfected juxtaposition of sugar vocals and abrasive, yet welcomed outbursts have never collided better with the roaring guitars and pure wall-of-sound, creating a force to be reckoned with on this new release. The Pixie's cover 'Wave of Mutilation' is an absolutely perfect selection. You hear references, or relations rather, to previous songs such as 'Art of Pretension' and 'Love Becomes a Ghost' right when the song starts out and later ends in the bitter sweet yet all too tragically beautiful CURE-like goodbye that you know you was the reason you started listening to Scarling, to begin with. Also: this latest attack to redefine noise and chaos within the context of their beautifully painful melodies is actually the first single from their latest full length Sympathy Records release So Long, Scarecrow. NOT an EP. Just want people to understand they are getting their money's worth!

<3

Staring to the Sun is a great remix to the boring track So Long, Scarecrow. And I love that they covered a Pixies song.

iTunes Perfect

This EP was practically built for iTunes consumption. I actually purchased the physical CD of this for about double what I could get it for here. Particularly depressing considering this version of "City Noise" is the exact same. "Staring at the Sun" is better performed live but it is nice to hear a typically live performance song from the studio (If only we could get more of those released *wink, wink*). "Wave of Mutilation" is magnificent, especially with Ms. Jessicka on vocals, and seems to capture the emotions in the lyrics that the Pixies' Mr. Black just can't convey.

Biography

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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