Crushing Blows are a two-piece, noise pop band from Derbyshire who have previously drawn comparisons to Battles, Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire. The release of this new Double A-side single sees the electronic and experimental side of the band come to the forefront with drum machines and field recordings sitting alongside the bands dynamic and unusual pop songs.
The band’s two previous EP’s have received airplay from Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson, Jen Long and Shell Zenner as well as last year’s double A-Side single Hiding Place / You Will Always be Lonely being awarded single of the year by Music Liberation. The single ‘The People You Will Never Meet’ was made single of the week by Simon Raymonde at Amazing Radio. After spending their formative years gigging extensively with appearances at T in the Park, Y Not Festival, Liverpool Sound City, SWN Festival and supporting Public Service Broadcasting, Cerebal Ballzy, Bo Ningen & METZ to name but a few, Crushing Blows are set to continue work on their debut LP into 2014 with a tour to coincide with the release.
Snug Recording Co is the new label run from the Derby based recording studio of the same name. The aim of the label is to break away from traditional industry models by working with artists on a cooperative, collaborative basis to produce small releases without the pressures of money, market ability or contracts, with all releases agreed upon a handshake only. This, the first release on the label, exemplifies their core values with two unsettled, dark, yet intriguing pieces of dreamy, electric pop music.
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‘With elements that echo progressive rock, electro and pop, it’s quite nice to not to be able to pigeonhole a band entirely to one genre.’ – Artrocker
‘Kind of punky, kind of electro, a little bit thrash, a little bit pop. Crushing Blows may not be easy to describe but they are definitely worth your time to catch live.’– John Robb, Louder Than War
‘Electro-noise-pop stormer in a dazzling change of pace that suggests they could be headed to some rather intriguing places in the future.’ – The 405
Unknown Animal | Dream On / Dream off will be available from crushingblows.bandcamp.com and all major digital download stores on October 7th
Crushing Blows are Chris Jones and Andrew Foster.
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