Local Love: Zachery Allan Starkey

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Artist: Zachery Allan Starkey Song: "Cocaine!"

Zack Starkey's second single from the more playful sophomore LP he's working on is a marked step up from his first offering, "No Texting on the Dance Floor." That song had its charms, but Starkey's attempt at raw, visceral production values left it feeling unfinished and imprecisely played. "Cocaine," on the other hand, is sleek and sharp. And though Starkey's vocals are still an acquired taste at best, he does a pretty good LCD Soundsystem homage here. That Casio drumbeat and those skittering keyboards make good bedfellows. Pick up a copy at the release party tonight at Skully's, 1151 N. High St., where Trains Across the Sea, DJ Moxy and DJ Self Help will also perform. Or just listen at MySpace.