STARLIGHT CLEANING CO.
Starlight Cleaning Co. is a Mojave Desert band fronted by Rachel Dean and Tim Paul Gray. Their paths were interwoven for nearly a decade before formally meeting in May of 2015, when they played a show together at Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown, CA. Rachel had previously played under her own name, having released an album titled Indian Summer, produced by Rob Campanella (Brian Jonestown Massacre) and the late, great Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Ryan Adams). Rachel also fronted two bands prior – War Children and The Hot Fudge Sunday (Pappy and Harriet’s Sunday house band). Tim fronted Orange County based bands The Delusions and Charles Mansion. As a duo, Rachel and Tim have toured with Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Bash And Pop, Guns ‘n’ Roses) and on their own, throughout the country.
Two years ago, Rachel and Tim did something they had wanted to do for a while – they turned their solo act into a full band, Starlight Cleaning Co. Featuring Tim's timeless songwriting and Rachel's
versatile vocals, Starlight Cleaning Co. is an operation that somehow sounds like they could have thrived in both the 1970s/1980s and the 2010s/2020s. Drawing inspiration from Elvis Costello, Chrissie Hynde, Alex Chilton and Dwight Twilley as well as girl groups from the 1960s, and late 1970s/early 1980s punk and power pop; Starlight Cleaning Co.'s male/female fronted dynamic is pure, soulful, and beautifully focused.
Somewhat recently, Starlight Cleaning Co. brought a crew out to the High Desert to hole up for a week and record an album. The songs were tracked at Rachel and Tim’s home studio, Starlight Sound, where Vetiver recorded their 2019 record Up On High. Their recording crew comprised the LA/SF blue-eyed-soul and soft rock troubadour, Bart Davenport (The Bedazzled, The Loved Ones, The Kinetics) and LA's "indie king" Joel Jerome (Dios, Cherry Glazerr, La Sera). Bart, acting as
producer and Joel as engineer, worked with Starlight Cleaning Co. to create a powerful and sincere record. There are even some special guitar solos from their recently departed friend and mentor,
Neal Casal. After mixing and mastering, the end result is an ageless album that swirls cosmic Americana of the High Desert with shimmering power pop and forward-thinking indie songcraft. Starlight Cleaning Co.’s songs are laced with barbed melodic hooks that dig deeper into your heartstrings with repeated listens. Rachel and Tim’s voices tower over these tunes with an uncanny chemistry – she
sings in a soaring perfect pitch, belted straight from the heart and performed with a natural fervor that could single handedly bring back the power ballad. Tim is an authentic pop crooner whose timbre balances zeal and verve, trimmed with a touch of twang. Together in harmony, they recall the great male-female duos of the 20th century, such as Buckingham-Nicks, Sonny & Cher, Gram and Emmylou, John Doe & Exene. Their record will be out in 2021.