Fronted by veteran headbanger Lizzy Borden, Starwood is a 21st century band with a long list of '70s and '80s influences -- some hard rock and pop-metal, some punk, some glam rock. The Los Angeles-based foursome (which shouldn't be confused with a different band of the same name that recorded country-rock in the '70s) is named after the Starwood, a legendary but long-gone rock club that once stood on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. Back in the '70s and early '80s, the Starwood was one of L.A.'s most famous rock hangouts -- it was right up there with the Whiskey-a-Go-Go, the Roxy, the Rainbow, the Troubadour, and Gazarri's (which became the Key Club after the death of owner Bill Gazarri). And Starwood's punk-influenced hard rock, pop-metal, and glam rock enthusiastically recalls not only the spirit of the famous club, but also that era in general. In contrast to all the ultra-introspective, serious-minded bands that have emerged in rock's post-Nirvana, post-Nevermind era, Lizzy Borden's outfit is an exercise in trashy, decadent, hedonistic fun. The L.A. residents bring a long list of influences to the table -- influences that include the New York Dolls, Slade, Sweet, and Alice Cooper as well as Kiss, Quiet Riot, Cheap Trick, and Guns N' Roses.