Crushing Blows - Crushing Blows EP
Crushing Blows are possibly the best thing to come out of Derby in a long time, and this debut EP is the perfect introduction to a band that deserve any and all recognition they get. Comprising Chris Jones and a man who dubs himself 'Hurricane Andrew', the duo create a whirlwind of post-hardcore rhythms, jagged riffs and looped electronics. Twinkling synths open ‘Nightworker’ before bouncy riffs burst through the door and get you banging your head. ‘Liberate Yourself’ is all vocal harmonies and a taut, bass driven attachment, but the best is really saved to last. ‘Tie Them Down And Get The Answers’ is a brilliantly crafted track that sees math-rock guitars and an oscillating electro fuzz bubble under the surface. It may be a bit of a cliché, but it really is amazing that two guys can make such a joyful racket as this.