Manchester-based four-piece Crush return with their hypnotic new single ‘Bckwards 36’.
The track features singer Amber Warren’s ethereal vocals floating on a sea of distorted guitars, ending up somewhere between the mellifluous grunge-gaze of Wolf Alice and the wooziness of My Bloody Valentine.
“The song came out of trying to write using a new delay setting during a creative rut while trapped at my parents’ house in April 2020,”
explains guitarist Arthur Boyd.
“It’s a reverse delay with only a single short repeat – which is where the title comes from – and it makes the music sound like it’s tripping over its feet. The noise at the start was influenced by a video of Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien talking about manipulating loops as you record them.”
“The lyrics are about the mundane winter walks throughout the lockdown at the beginning of 2021; the endless days and the demands put upon the recommended daily walk – only to be faced with a cold, wet park and not much else.”
Crush have been making waves since bursting onto the scene in 2019 with the rockier tones of ‘Rinse’. Their increasingly shoegaze-inspired sound – most recently heard on their acclaimed 2021 single ‘So Strange’ – has received praise from tastemakers including, Radio X, Amazing Radio, Gigwise and more.
They have been selling out headline shows in Manchester, and have recently supported the likes of bdrmm, NewDad and Far Caspian. They head out on their own headline tour this month.