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.
Crushing Blows- The People You Will Never Meet- Single Feature + Free DownloadJuly 25, 2012
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, we featured the band following the release of their Double A side single ‘Hiding Place / You Will Always Be Lonely’ back in March. Today we present you their new single ‘The People You Will Never Meet’ . Which was officially released July 20th.
The People You Will Never Meet is streaming below and available as a free download-
Both Chris Jones – Vocals, guitar, pedal board and Andrew Foster – Vocals, drums, keyboard have really proved themselves within their latest single release.