Music that strikes us in an overwhelming way so that we want to hear it…
‘Cold Comfort’ by CROWS
With smashing, second EP COLD COMFORT, released last November, London’s raging four-piece CROWS not only confirmed the crushing impact of their massive noise-rock bravado of their 5-track debut Unwelcome Light but made a giant step to bigger crowds who like it gloriously loud and sharply outspoken with a dark edge focused on messing up people’s minds. The four new sledgehammers certainly twisted mine in the last weeks of 2016…
Madman in the middle & songwriter JAMES FOX revealed all about the new 4-track monster in an interview with Gigwise recently: “Lyrically, it ranges from dark things I read and researched, like religious homophobia, bizarre psychological warfare operations during the Vietnam war and the closure of mental institutions in the UK during the ’70’s. Musically its a correlation of all our different musical tastes combined with our frustration of working life. Getting in a room together and playing as loud and as angrily as we can gets us through the mundane shift work we have to endure to do what we love. We wanted to still retain some of the viciousness of our live sound though, and we think we achieved that, Steve broke a microphone with the volume coming out his guitar amp during one take…”
And if that wasn’t enough to entertain my hungry ears I also experienced their scorching and impressive fury live for the first time, in my hometown Ghent.
You can check my reflections here.
(concert pics by TurnUpTheVolume!)