With an arresting name like ‘Crushing Blows’ you could easily imagine this duo to be some kind of doom laden metal band. The moniker actually belongs to a far more accessible brand of indie pop goodness. Don’t let that description fool you though, ‘Crushing Blows’ are by no means lacking in intensity, as anyone who’s been to one of their gigs will tell you. Honing in on a perfect balance between musical craftsmanship, pop hooks and a passionate stage performance, their live show has fast become a talking point on the DIY music scene.
Musically they fall somewhere in between Battles and Broken Social Scene, yet their sound is far from derivative. Guitarist and falsetto vocalist Chris Jones uses a pedal board to create interesting and intricate sonic loops which he then furiously bashes his rhythmic parts over. Meanwhile, drummer Andrew Foster plays with immense precision and speed whilst juggling singing and often keyboard parts at the same time. Although the music is technically accomplished there is no compromise on melody.
The two met during secondary school and their musical collaboration goes back to Andrew recording Chris’ leftfield folk material in his bedroom. A long time in the making, Crushing Blows were originally intended to be a full band until they realised they could accomplish the sound they had in mind as a two-piece. After spending a year writing and fine tuning the intricacies of their guitar loop based sound, the band played their first show on New Years Eve 2009…2 years and an extensive amount of gigs later and they have been championed by the likes of Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson.
After gigging relentlessly for over a year, including appearances at Y Not Festival, T in the Park and a show for Huw Stephens, the band are now releasing their Double A side single ‘Hiding Place / You Will Always Be Lonely’ on March 26th.
Both Chris Jones – Vocals, guitar, pedal board and Andrew Foster – Vocals, drums, keyboard have really proved themselves within their latest single release.
Crushing blows have unveiled a new video for track ‘Hiding Place’ which you can watch below. An addictive composition from the duo. With such a bright and upbeat intro you will find yourselves being hooked onto the emotive vocals surrounding the elaborate guitars and compelling drums. Crushing Blows are challenging themselves and in doing so earning a lot of reputable acclaim.
Debut music video by Crushing Blows
Directed by Mark Duggan
Produced by Kate Atchison
For all those around Derby around the release date- the duo are playing a single release party in Derby on Saturday 24th March at The Vic Inn (with support from Low Duo).