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Crushing on crush | crush release new single all my plants are dead

May 10, 2020

crush release new single all my plants are dead

The promiscuous and vital sounds from emerging Manchester band crush will instantly win you over. They are described as crafting a refreshing heart on its sleeve shoegaze sound that’s peppered with nods to 80s alt-pop and jazz-inspired indie.

Pushing their latest single release date to May 1st, the band have just released their new track all my plants are dead”– the sister track and illustrious follow up to their August 2019 release ‘Glue’, a track dubbed “grunge-pop at its best” (BBC Introducing).

Drawing comparisons to Diiv, The Cure and Alvvays, crush look set to carve out their own ambient noise void into the UKs underground music scene.

all my plants are dead” is a bittersweet yet discordant offering, where the addictive and wistful vocals of Amber Warren blend with the jangle of Arthur Boyd’s carefree cartwheeling guitars. The enveloping verses are woven with floating vocals infused with a message of empathy and understanding and supple percussion. Punctuated by the tight and punching chorus’:  an interlude section inspired by William S.Burroughs ‘Naked Lunch’ is followed by a cathartic noise outro that reimagines the sweet musical introduction to the song, bringing it full circle. Bright, airy and beguiling, it’s a highly promising new chapter for crush, you are sure to fall head over heels for.

The band say; 

‘The song focuses on the idea of the cold human race and an increasingly insular society. It’s about struggling to look after yourself as much as it is struggling to look after your houseplants. Really just a message of looking after and understanding each other a bit better, and a critique of how modern living at times can make this an unattractive and hard to achieve concept.’ 

The single starts with a few notes which feel reminiscent of a late 80’s early 90’s grunge track before launching into their captivating chorus and delicate vocals. “all my plants are dead” delivers an intense exploration from such a promising act.

The single conflicts with a feeling of melancholy, wrapped in the ample fuzz, layered and lucrative vocals, disheveled distortion and shimmering notes that consume you throughout. A pensive feeling which is equal wistful and warm. But this emotion they’ve created through their release is melodic, mesmerizing, and most of all crucial. This track is the perfect introduction to one of the most underrated acts out there. This band fiercely flirt between shoegaze and dream pop and yet have carefully crafted a unique projection and something they can call their own. This track is the perfect progressive dreampop/gaze masterpiece.

We are hooked on this band.

Formed in 2018 after meeting at university, young Manchester band crush have released three singles so far amassing 145,000 streams on Spotify. Their music has seen regular support from BBC Introducing Manchester, Amazing Radio, and blogs including Dork and NBHAP. Gigging regularly around the North of England has seen them wow audiences at events including The Sesh in Hull and Manchesters Stay Fresh Fest, as well as support slots with Peaness, Far Caspian and Low Hummer. Their captivating live sound has also recently been captured in a session with Delinquent Magazine which is scheduled for release in March.

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