CRUISING – ” The Spectacle ” EP

Posted: August 12, 2015 in MUSIC
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The band Cruising unites some of Dublin and Belfast’s finest indie groups: Girls Names, September Girls, Sea Pinks and Logikparty. The quartet have been together since 2013, releasing the odd track and playing occasional, chaos-filled gigs between their endeavours with their main bands, but now they’re sharing something fuller in the form of their debut self-titled debut EP. Cruising’s debut will be released by Tough Love on 14th August 2015 in a limited edition of 300 units on 12”, with the first 100 on hot pink vinyl (sold out). A leather jacket with the band’s name written in studs adorns the record’s sleeve, and its contents are full of spiky tunes to match. Opener ‘The Spectacle’ is howling post-punk in the vein of Savages, ‘Lifting’ blends dashes of psych into their shadowy sound, and ‘Woman’ softens singer Benni Johnston’s snarl with a poppier sheen. In short, ‘Cruising’ is equal parts brooding and buoyant, and one not to be missed. Cruising are a four piece made up of Benni Johnston (Vocals), Claire Miskimmin (Guitar/Bass) Neil Brogan (Guitar/Bass) and Sarah Grimes (drums). With previous/ongoing experience in bands such Girls Names, September Girls, Sea Pinks and Logikparty, Cruising began in 2013 as a side project for all four. Named for William Friedkin’s gay exploitation shocker from 1980, the debut single You Made Me Do That (taken from the killer’s line in the film) dropped in early 2014 on Soft Power records and was recorded live as it was written. Practicing sporadically and playing a string of incendiary/chaotic live shows when schedules allow, CRUISING have now miraculously recorded their debut EP proper for Tough Love. Recorded in two days in a freezing railway arch studio (Dublin’s Guerilla Studios) in January 2015, and mixed at Belfast’s Start Together, the self titled EP shows the band in various guises, morphing between popper’d up Agit-Punk (the re-recorded You Made Me Do That, Woman), psyched out post-punk (Lifting), and riff driven bangers (Safe Corridor, Cutlass, The Spectacle).

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