CROWS – ” Silver Tongues “

Posted: March 27, 2019 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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London’s Crows are the latest signing to Balley Records (Idles, Heavy Lungs, Lice) and deliver their long-awaited debut album Silver Tongues. Upon emerging in 2015, they quickly solidified their reputation as one of the most exciting new live bands in the UK, putting on a series of wild-eyed, chaotic gigs that left you bruised but, ultimately, bewitched. A single and two EPs reinforced their power, but then there was nothing but a concerning break in service.

The north Londoners’ long awaited debut album ‘Silver Tongues’ reintroduces the four-piece, reminding us why Crows were so exciting when they first bludgeoned their way into our lives. The album’s thrilling first single Chain Of Being is a real statement: a widescreen slice of post-punk that combines heaviness and brooding melody in equal measures.

Their knack for writing lurching, dark, and frenetic pit-openers such as ‘Hang Me High’ and ‘Crawling’. But it’s the second half of the record that shows how they’ve grown in the interim, bringing surprising shifts and dynamic dives into enthralling new territory. Chain Of Being’, a song about relying on religion as a crutch, is bright and expansive; dizzying, soaring, sky-blue atmospherics woven into its uncluttered core. ‘First Light // False Face’ clocks in at nearly eight minutes long and morphs from quiet, vulnerable soundscape punctuated by heaving sighs and frontman James Cox dropping his voice sinisterly low.  This segues seamlessly into album closer ‘Dysphoria’, which draws out Steve Goddard’s droning guitar wall of noise, reinforces it with bassist Jith Amarasinghe and drummer Sam Lister’s precise, crunching rhythm section, and moulds it into something emotional and glowing.

Lyrically, the band set themselves apart from others, too, taking you on a journey through the curious crevices of Cox’s mind. Much of the album was inspired by research wormholes he found himself down, exploring things such as Dante’s Divine Comedy the grinding ‘Empyrean’ and the snakeskin trade, as told from the perspective of a snake ‘Hang Me High’. ‘Crawling’ focuses on Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, building itself into a tightly wound coil that springs apart with the singer’s wails of “Leave her in the ground”

‘Silver Tongues ‘ from our debut album ‘Silver Tongues’ out now on Balley Records

Band Members
James Cox, Steve Goddard, Jith Amara, Sam Lister,
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