By Alex Wise
September 12, 2013
Debut EP’s are always are an important part of any band’s road to stardom, as they set the standard of what people should expect from you, and if the public will buy into you as a band. Crushed Beaks find themselves tackling this difficult first release hurdle in their musical careers with their EP Tropes, which is released Monday September 16.
Tropes is a wonderful four song EP, packed to the brim of riffs and vocals of the catchiest order, and the title track demonstrates this in the best possible way, setting the tone for the entire EP. The punk-esque vocals give it a fresh angle and a small boost, combined with the weighty drum sound they’re onto a winner. The breakdown is more of a daze which could potentially send you into a complete nonsense dance, which all the songs manage to do to you one way or another.
‘Feelers’ very much follows suit and continues the vibe and pace that was built throughout the first song, although sounding rather similar to ‘Tropes’, there’s a yearning feeling not to care because the silly dancing that started has run into this song with a carefree feeling connected to it. To put a stop to all the dancing along comes ‘Lies’ which is a mellow breeze surrounding your ears from start to finish. Although the vocals are hard to hear they’re just so inviting to try and sing a long, which doesn’t work, but that carefree feeling comes into play once again as this dream-like pop convinces you that all is normal and okay. After three songs, you already know three elements that will be embedded into the final track, a dreamy guitar, some reverb and some prominent drums. ‘Day Residue’ has all of these components and doesn’t disappoint, the intro sounding similar to something that Sonic Youth wouldn’t mind attempting, with the song just bursting into life after the long drawn out intro, as it grabs you by the ears and refuses to let them go. Occasionally there’s a feeling that it’s just a person moaning over a beautiful riff and drum beat, and that isn’t far wrong, but it’s that part that is the most enticing and endearing because it’s done in such a beautiful way that you can’t help but appreciate the effect nonetheless.
A strong debut EP for Crushed Beaks as they’ve set the bar moderately high for a band that’s just breaking out of London, and beginning to make moves around the UK and beyond. Giving you an insight of what to expect live and showcasing their evident musical talents this has been a big step forward that will drive people to invest their time and money into this band.