Announce self-titled debut EP on Sheffield’s Delicious Clam
Released 7th August 2020
Described as “drone laden, bitter-sweet pop jams featuring dreamy guitar hooks and vocal harmonies to make you tearful”, Sheffield’s Crawlies are Tom, Sarah and Calum, and the self-titled Crawlies is their debut release via the city’s DIY collective and label, Delicious Clam (All Girls Arson Club/Jeuce).
Crawlies formed over a shared love of Yo La Tengo, inspired by their “ability to make 15 minute noise jams alongside classic pop gems”, exploring the importance of texture and atmosphere alongside melodies.
Their songs are about friendship, romance, and impossible situations, with other influences spanning Broadcast, Smog, Big Thief, Broken Social Scene, and Grouper.
Now, they share EP cut and live favourite, “Old News”. Tom explains: “It started off as a demo with just Sarah and a keyboard but we changed it to an organ and added a big fuzzy bassline and some drums to make it sound bolder. It’s very simple but sounds really interesting when it builds up to the louder sections and almost turns from ‘sad and a bit lonely’ into this big cathartic release. When the drums change at the end it makes me want to give someone a hug.”
Old News is such a compelling and vital release from this act. The organ cuts through the track with a hypnotic rhythm of notes, the somber yet sensitive lyrics and vocals move the journey with the marching drum beats. The combination is extremely emotive. Crawlies have created a raw orchestration, the momentum builds up- the tension intensifies and suddenly you embrace the full arrangement as it heads to it’s bold yet enlightening crescendo. Old News is an immsersive instrumentation which will connect to your emotions.
Crawlies share vocal and instrument duties – drums, guitar, bass, organ, keyboard, percussion – plus Ben Hall from Mr Ben and The Bens playing cornet on ‘The Rain is Coming’.
Though future shows are currently on hold, the band were due to play with Mr Ben and The Bens, Irma Vep, and Cowtown, and played their first show last year supporting K Records’ founder / Beat Happening’s Calvin Johnson who was very complimentary.
Crawlies are all members of DIY collective Delicious Clam, where the EP was recorded by Calum and Ed Crisp. Band members also play in Precious Metals, Buzz Lightyear, Turtle’s Breath, Avida Dollars, Thee Mightees, and previously Best Friends.
Crawlies will be released on 7th August 2020, pressed on a limited run of fifty 10-inch records.
2. The Rain is Coming
6. Old News