Earlier in the year TMF reviewed the debut EP from Derby-based noise-pop duo Crushing Blows, calling it a 'joyful racket'. Now we catch up with the band to find out just what they are all about, and what the future holds for them.
What's your earliest musical memory?
Chris: A live video of Boris the Spider
Andrew: I can't pinpoint one but it would be early Pet Shop Boys - that stuff is lodged in my subconscious.
If you could hold a recording session with any five artists, who would you choose?
Chris: Iggy Pop, Syd Barrett, Neil Young, Ray Manzerek, John Bonham.
Andrew: Kate Bush, David Byrne, Brian Wilson, Johnny Marr, Kevin Shields.
You want to describe your music to a stranger on the street - who do you compare yourself to?
Chris: Nobody in particular. Noisy pop songs being played by two people to breaking point.
Andrew: We normally get Battles but I'd just say it's leftfield noisy pop music, and then they'd look dismayed.
You are going to live on a desert island for a year - which three albums do you take with you?
The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico
Iggy and the Stooges – Raw Power
Aphex Twin – Richard D. James Album
Fever Ray- s/t- that would sound incredible on headphones on the beach at night.
Kate Bush- Hounds of Love
Everyone has a defining music moment, one that lives on in the memory - what is yours?
Chris: The first time I heard 'Weenie Beenie' by the Foo Fighters. I was 10 years old and started playing guitar soon after.
Andrew: At the Drive-In on TFI Friday - I videotaped it and every time I watched it, it was like a jolt of electricity.
What is the best gig you've ever been to and why?
Chris: It’s a 50/50 between Neil Young at Glastonbury or Bjork in Wolverhampton about 5 years ago. Neil Young was raw and stripped down with classic song after classic song being belted out. Plus he played the ultimate version of 'Rockin’ in the Free World'. The Bjork gig was more like a musical circus and I’ve haven’t seen anything even close to it since.
Andrew: I'm always underwhelmed seeing the bands I love, so probably Richard Thompson a couple of years ago- I hadn't heard him beforehand and was blown away. Songwriting as good as Springsteen played by one of the best guitar players in the world.
If we were to look at your MP3 player, what is the most embarrassing track or album that we'd find?
Chris: Symposium – 'Blue'
Andrew: The least-cool track would probably be the theme from 70s tv show Van Der Valk. It's called 'Eye Level' and it is a cracker.
Where do you see Crushing Blows in five years time?
Chris: More releases, more gigs, less money.
Andrew: Hopefully on our 3rd album, I've no idea what we'll sound like by then though.
What three words would you use to describe the experience of seeing Crushing Blows live?
Chris: Raw, Loud, Short
Andrew: "lads tried hard"
What's next for Crushing Blows?
Chris: Recording/releasing a double A side. As much gigging/touring as possible.
Andrew: We're gonna release a double A-side single and gig until we drop.
Sat 3rd Sept - Spanky Van Dykes (Notts)
Fri 16th Sept - Queens Head (Belper)
Fri 14th Oct - Star and Garter (Burton)
Sat 12th Nov - Liverpool
Sun 13th Nov - Liverpool (both part of Liverpool Music Week)
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Photos courtesy of Glenn Fisher