If you are a rock music lover, chances are you have either heard of Tom Zutaut or have listened to some of the projects he has been associated with. With a resume sporting the likes of Guns ‘n Roses, Dokken, Motley Crue, Tesla, Death Angel and more you can say he has backed at least a few winning horses in his day. So when I heard that a new act he is associated with was coming to town, I had to go check them out.
Star Crows is a five piece act out of Kansas City, MO featuring brothers Nikk and Steven Wolf (vocals and guitar respectively), Dylan Tippin on drums, Wyatt Lyle on bass, and Jarrod Hoover on guitar. I didn’t have high hopes for the show when I got to the venue about 20 minutes before start time and was able to get front door parking. However, they certainly didn’t let it deter them from throwing down a great set. From the moment they took the stage, it was pretty obvious to me that the miniscule crowd on hand was going to be treated to a rock show. In fact, they commented on the turnout and said since it was a more “intimate” show that we were going to get special treatment.
From the opening chords, Nikk was very interactive with the crowd – trying to draw us in and make us a part of the show. With their original songs like “Feeding Frenzy”, “Circus” and “Fake”, I caught myself picking up on the chorus and singing along – the hooks are just there and they grab you. About midway through the set they threw in a twist and knocked out a spot on cover of Aerosmith’s “Last Child”. After a few more originals, we were given the special treatment and they blasted out an unreleased Guns ‘n Roses track from the Use Your Illusion sessions – “Crash Diet”. Obviously having never heard GnR play this, I can’t say if it was true to the original, but it did sound damn good. They rounded out their set with a few more originals – all of which sported great riffs and got the small crowd moving.
For what I expected to be an unpolished regional band, their sound was full and professional, and they exuded stage presence. During the set they were loose and having fun, with the singer taking a turn behind the drummer’s kit for one song. After the show, they all hung out and visited with anyone who wanted a bit of their time, and they were very appreciative of everyone who came out to the show.
If you are a fan of straight ahead rock ‘n roll, and aren’t afraid of singing along then you should check out Star Crows when they come to a venue near you. Be one of the “early adopters” before they are the next big thing in arena rock.