TUNE Crushed Beaks - Honesty Box
It’s been four years since south London-based Crushed Beaks released their debut album, Scatter -but with their new album The Other Room (out 9th August) the band return in a confident mood. The vocals are more direct, lyrics more incisive and the overall theme of the record more confrontational.
The first single, "Honesty Box" (released digitally on 17th May) is a blast of pure energy powered by a driving motorik beat and drenched in layers of warped distortion. Hooks rise up out of the furore, first a sinewy melted guitar line, then the vocals: “I got ahead of myself, it’s only a dream I had”. Layers peel away before the momentum builds again, exposing where it’s all heading: “I like you just the way you are”.
Never one to rush into things, the songs for The Other Room were written in a windowless studio in east London over the course of two years. “I lost track of time” Matt Poile says. “It was easy to feel completely cut off and unselfconscious about what I was doing because the room had this huge metal door and thick concrete walls.” Poile spent over a year recording and refining demos alone before bringing bass player, Scott Bowley and new drummer, Tim Watkins back into the fold to work out how to play the songs live. Having caught the ear of producer Matt Peel (Eagulls, Menace Beach) at a Halloween show with Metz and Mitski, the band relocated to his studio, The Nave, in a converted church in Leeds to record the new album over a two-week stretch. Peel produced, mixed and mastered the record. While their debut was created with minimal equipment, The Other Room finds the band making full use of the studio’s wealth of analogue gear. “We were like kids in a candy store, we went from having one amp and a couple of pedals to being in this insanely well-kitted out space” says Poile. The result is a huge step forward for the band – the hooks hit harder and the fuzz gets twisted into wilder new shapes.
The band are made up of Matt Poile (vocals and guitar), Scott Bowley (bass) and Tim Watkins (drums), who joined shortly after the release of their debut album Scatter (Moshi Moshi 2015) and have received high praise from the likes of NME, Noisey, DIY, The Line Of Best Fit, BBC Radio 1, Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 6 Music and more.
The Other Room is a slice of driving indie rock full of hooks and unusual flourishes. While breakneck and unashamedly maximalist at times, there’s also a more subtle side this time around. It will be released on 2 special vinyl editions, one a clear vinyl with orange splatter, the other a transparent orange vinyl via Leeds-based label Clue Records (Avalanche Party, PLAZA, Van Houten, LOCALS) and is available to order from www.cluerecords.com