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Directed by Samuel Taylor, Crows have shared their new video for ‘Wednesday’s Child’, a track taken from their debut album ‘Silver Tongues’, which was released last month.

“After seeing Crows live a few years back, I was instantly taken in by their live show that even those who have witnessed can barely describe,” states Taylor. “My closest approximation was possession. If as the band and the audience had been taken by the devil and formed one screaming organism. Quite a Tuesday night, but it was clear, once it came time to do a vid for the guys (especially with a track written about the Salem Witch Trials) that this first and visceral experience was going to lead the story.”

‘Wednesday’s Child’ from our debut album, ‘Silver Tongues’, out now on Balley Records.

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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

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

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London’s Crows are the latest signing to Balley Records (IDLES, Heavy Lungs, Lice) and will deliver their long-awaited debut album “Silver Tongues” on March 22nd. The album’s thrilling first single “Chain Of Being”, this week’s Lamacq’s Livener on 6 Music, is a real statement: a widescreen slice of post-punk that combines heaviness and brooding melody in equal measures.

Joe Talbot said the following of his decision to sign Crows to his Balley Records label:

“I saw them play at the Louisiana in Bristol a few years ago and both the performance and the quality of their songs blew me away. Everything about them excites me; so when I heard they were looking to release an album, I had no choice but to chase them. It’s a dream to work with them.”

Crows formed in 2015 and have since built a considerable following for the intensity of their live shows which have seen the band members break bones as well as instruments. Supporting the likes of Girl Band and Wolf Alice in the past, the band will take their deafening live show on the road in support of IDLES for their sell out April tour.

With a string of successful singles and EPs under their belt, “Silver Tongues” has been a long while coming. Recorded in near total darkness to build a sense of atmosphere, the album fulfills both their early potential and confidently showcases a band comfortable across a variety of sonic avenues. From the monolithic noise-rock of the title track and opener, to the sky-scraping “Demeanour” and “Wednesday’s Child”, to the blissed-out closer “Dysphoria”, each listen reveals new layers, fresh ideas.

“Silver Tongues” is a huge step forward for the band, not only musically, but emotionally. A touring band who have been through so much already, this album rightly took time: now, both Crows and the listener can reap the rewards for their patience.
Crows are:
James Cox (vocals)
Steve Goddard (guitar)
Jith Amarasinghe (bass)
Sam Lister (drums)

We thought we might never say this, but today we announce our debut album, ‘Silver Tongues’ due March 22nd out on Balley Records. Thank you so much for your patience and everyone that’s stuck with us – you can listen to the first single, ‘Chain Of Being’ right now.

Having ploughed their way across the UK and beyond for a few years now with their incendiary live show, Crows have become a hardened force to be reckoned with.

Their determination and sheer riotousness live has now paid off, with Joe Talbot of Idles signing them up to his new label Balley Records. With their debut album ‘Silver Tongues’ on the way, lead single ‘Chain of Being’ has been released into the world, and it’s a bracing, impactful new chapter for the band. The track is an all encompassing take, showing Crows at their most impassioned, streamlined and climactic yet. It melodically snaps in its caustic nature, channeling their intense live set into something that, as it’s momentous finale attests, is monumental in its resonance.

‘Chain of Being’ from our debut album ‘Silver Tongues’ out 22nd March 2019 on Balley Records.

Crows embrace the darkness on debut ‘Unwelcome Light’ EP

London four-piece Crows thrive in the darkness. That much has been clear since their earliest days inciting chaos across Europe alongside the likes of METZ and Slaves, it’s in the seedy, sweaty underworld of basement shows that they’ve dug their roots. Dropping back in the shadows after every hurricane outing, to date the group have kept a relatively low profile, drip-feeding immeasurably accomplished teasers like last yearssingle “Pray” before disappearing into the black once more.

‘Unwelcome Light’, the band’s debut EP, is a record unlike others. Recorded live and designed to flow as one continuous piece, it bottles that wide-eyed stare of their live show, whacks a petrol-soaked rag in the neck and sets everything ablaze. A cloudy brew of gut-churning psych nestled up against the kind of serrated, clattering noise that’d make even a factory-worker blush, it’s pudding-proof that biding their time has paid dividends.

Below the player, we catch up with the band’s frontman James Cox, to talk everything from broken bones (he punched a curtain once, and it bit back) to the current crop of British breakthroughs Crows find themselves making fitting bedfellows with.


Produced & mixed by Adam Jaffrey at Unwound Recordings
Unwelcome Light EP out March 25 on Telharmonium Records

CROWS – ” Ghost Tape #10 “

Posted: November 22, 2016 in MUSIC
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The London band have become professionals at creating a dark mood and a dangerous feel around their raw punk sound and visual performances. They continue to do so on their newest track set to be released as part of the follow up EP to “Unwelcome Light” which was released in March of this year.

‘Ghost Tape #10’ has a slightly chilling title to begin with which matches their sound, The track is indulgent in its darkness and seductive in its temperament. Pounding and succinct it lulls you in and never lets you go.. Taken from a reference to the US’s psychological warfare during the Vietnam war, where they would scare Viet Cong soldiers with ‘recordings’ of their deceased – you quickly see which way this is going.

It’s basically every nightmare you ever had, but damn it’s good.

Following a whirlwind of a year especially some amazing live shows, Crows are giving us the first taste of their upcoming EP Cold Comfort in new track ‘The Itch’. The band have gone from strength to strength over the last few months and have managed to haul the intensity their live shows are famed for in to this new recording.

It bodes well that this song is equally as dark as the animal that titles the band. Keep a dark murkiness across every note the band swell with reverberation and unleash a heady cocktail of punk riffs and demonic vocals.

Crows are currently touring across the UK and we highly recommend you see them before the EP drops on November 18thCold Comfort EP is out November 18th on Telharmonium Records
Produced by Philip Brillo & Felix Rashman at Sleeper Sounds


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STONE ROSES –  All For One 

The Stone Roses are joining in this release tomfoolery with a brand new single,
The band left the brief announcement on their facebook page and no other details are forthcoming at this point in time. one can only presume that your local record emporium won’t be working overtime with physical product ready at ’20 hundred hours’ – rather this will, at least initially, be a digital release. Hell, maybe they’ll just bung something up on YouTube or Soundcloud – who knows! Labels and artists do play fast and loose with the phrase “releasing a single” these days

The Mancunians have a number of shows planned for this year including four nights at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium with a slightly more rock ‘n’ roll pedigree, Madison Square Garden at the end of next month. The Stone Roses’ last single was Begging You from late 1995 which peaked at number 15 in the UK (although a four-track live EP, Crimson Tonight, was issued in Japan and Australia).

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Cate Le Bon will releases her fourth album Crab Day ovia Turnstile on LP, CD. Recorded at Panoramic House studio, West Marin, California last spring, Crab Day was produced by Noah Georgson and Josiah Steinbrick.

According to Cate: “Crab Day was lovingly formed in the mouth of the Pacific Ocean, as it quietly mocked us with its magnitude. It’s the sound of the ‘accidentally on purpose’ coming together of the right people at precisely the right time in an environment that furnished and fuelled the abandonment we felt effortlessly. It’s a coalition of inescapable feelings and fabricated nonsense, each propping the other up.Crab Day is an old holiday. Crab Day is a new holiday. Crab Day isn’t a holiday at all.”

BAT FOR LASHES  –  The Bride

Bat For Lashes are back in July with their fourth album The Bride,
The ‘band’ is of course Natasha Khan and the new record sounds promising; a concept album that follows the story of a woman whose fiancé has been killed in a crash on the way to the church for their wedding. In the narrative ‘The Bride’ flees the scene to take the honeymoon trip alone, resulting in – we are told – “a dark meditation on love, loss, grief, and celebration”.


Lola Colt are a London 6 piece band. With roots in psych, influences in vintage film and cinematic sound and the use of unusual instrumentation such as Shahi-Baaja, Darbuka and Harmonium. There’s a depth and atmosphere in their music akin to a film noir soundtrack. Frontwoman Gun Overbye’s lyrics add another spiritual dimension, formed as standalone pieces of poetry on themes of hypnotism and heartache and merged later with the band’s enveloping soundscapes. The new album was self-recorded and produced in James Hurst’s London studio. Recreating the magic of the 6 piece live, much of the album began as spontaneous studio sessions, laying down ideas and treating the music making process initially as a fluid journey and an outpouring of creative ideas, before the borderline perfectionist band spent a year re-working the songs into the fully formed album you hear today.


Recorded in March 2016 in Anton Newcombe’s studio in Berlin, Anton gathered Dan Alliare (drums), Colliin Hegna (bass), Joel Gion (tambourine), Ricky Maymi (guitar) and Ryan Van Kriedt (guitar) to record this track ‘Bout Des Doigts’ and ‘Fingertips’. ‘Bout Des Doigts’ features Rike (Friedrike) Bienert providing the vocals, ‘Fingertips’ vocals are provided by Tess Parks.


Chapter Two: We find our man stumbling through the darkness in the garden of illusion and fame. Chris Shaw smokes the microphone while Ty Segall and Charles Moothart trade lizardian licks and skin hits. Guest Goggs include Cory Hanson, Mikal Cronin and Denee Petracek. Ten tracks of misanthropic noise to bring home to mom’s house on fire. Boots to your face after the high speed chase, Then! A death trip down memory lane. The lead actor dies first and the shotgun shooter flashes chipped teeth. Created in Los Angeles in the middle of the summer of 2015: three years of planning, thirty days of writing, one week of ripping. A severed finger on the button, the player ends the game. Final notice has been served.
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After a number of different releases and years of touring, Montclair, New Jersey’s Pinegrove have offered their finest work to date with their newest LP, ‘Cardinal’. The band’s captivating blend of indie rock, pop and country elements is more vivid, fine-tuned, and addictive than ever before. Vocalist / guitarist Evan Stephens Hall along with brothers Zack Levine (drums) and Nick Levine (guitar) form a core that has been playing together since early childhood. Painting his emotions onto these songs with colourful and kinetic strokes, Hall moves through Cardinal’s eight songs with unforgettable energy and passion, with a vocal performance that is pleasantly reminiscent of Will Oldham and Built to Spill’s Doug Martsch. Highlighted by the downtrodden nostalgia of twangy opener ‘Old Friends’ and the climactic refrain of ‘Size of the Moon,’ where the confession “I don’t know what I’m afraid of,” is just as much of a sing-a-long as it is an emotional breakdown, moods don’t stay in one place for very long on Cardinal – they are carefully crafted and revisited throughout to continually evoke the album’s central themes of memory, language, and home.
2CD – Double CD Version with a bonus 5 track CD and signed by Evan.
LP – With Bonus 5 Track CD and signed by Evan.
Tape – No extras.


Recalling the rhythm of Brian Jones Town Massacre, the unrelenting drive of Savages and the vocal warble of The Cramps, Crows debut EP, ‘Unwelcome Light’, sees the band at their most frenetic and offers an insight into the intensity and darkness the band produce.


Northern California native Chelsea Wolfe’s sound is best described with broad strokes: elemental, intense, radiant, ancient yet modern, intimate yet expansive, dark and sparkling. Hues of black metal and deep blues inform her ever-evolving electric folk — a warm force that wraps itself around the listener, encouraging uplift, seeking triumph. Her voice similarly haunts and soothes, with words that illuminate life’s darker corners in order to reveal the unlikely truth and beauty hidden within. In a way, Wolfe is on a journey to the surface of her own music. 2012 finds releasing her first acoustic emanation on Sargent House, titled Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs.The experience is a secret shared, a side of our heroine rarely seen or heard, and the making was as intimate as it gets: recorded in the woods of Northern California and at Wolfe’s L.A. home, co-produced by her bandmate Ben Chisholm, with players Ezra Buchla of Gowns (viola), Andrea Calderón of Corima (violin) and Daniel Denton of Gothic Tropic (bass).

CROWS – ” Unwelcome Light “

Posted: March 21, 2016 in MUSIC
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The most recent release from north London’s Crows ‘Whisper’ was a powerhouse punk tune with a chanting chorus that seemed to cast the band alongside the likes of METZ or Savages.

However, this latest song ‘Unwelcome Light’, the title track from a forthcoming new EP is something a little bit different. Far more drowsy, more psychedelic, packed with squalling echo. The vocals for this were recorded in a pitch black corridor according to front man James Cox, which gives you an indication of the kind of vibe they’re chasing.


Since forming in 2012, the London based group Crows have racked up their fair share of injuries. Their drummer needed to get a metal plate put in his hand after bashing around on the drums too hard; their lead singer also fucked up his hand by punching a wall. Usually those incidents wouldn’t mean much more than a trip to the hospital, but in the context of Crows, they offer an insight into the the band’s fiercely intense, exhilirating sound. This is music that drives forward with such danger it’s almost a prerequisite to smashing your head through the nearest paper-thin wall.

Having spent the last year touring with the likes of Metz, Wolf Alice, and Slaves, today the four-piece release their latest video “Whisper”. It’s loud and raw, the sort of thing that’s worth ruining your ears for. The video features a whole bunch of stuff which we could go into detail explaining, but it’s probably worth you clicking below and witnessing Britain’s most brash band for yourselves.

Unwelcome Light out March 25th on Telharmonium Records