Crop Killer is a four-piece band from Phoenix, Arizona that recently released I. The band formed in 2017 and after spending some time with the album I can say they are off to a great start. I’m a couple of years away from being forty and the band mentions about all the bands I grew up listening to as a teenager. Bands like Husker Du, Dinosaur Jr., Pavement, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Sonic Youth were bands that they mark as influence and to my ears I could definitely hear that. It’s the sound of a band playing a room together. The type of sound you really don’t get much of these days when it comes to pop music and even popular indie music. It seems to be all about producers these days.
I’m not exactly sure what’s going with the song titles as numbers but we will roll will it. First up is “55” which is a great song. It has tons of energy, is explosive and the band stays very much in the pocket. The rhythm section really holds it down. That bass line was great.
Up next is “88” which is another winner. It’s dynamic and the drumming in particular was on point. You can hear early influence from Smashing Pumpkins on this song at points. They change pace with the more atmospheric and lush “56.” The band can pull off this side to their music as well. The vocals sound exceptional, almost Lennon-esque.
“65” has a stellar groove. The first thirty seconds or so reminded me of another ’90s staple in the underground - The Dismemberment Plan. ”54” shows off some more of their technical skill while “93” is a killer track with a number of inventive parts. The band go all out with “94” which is an eight-plus-minute song. It felt primarily grounded in grunge and perhaps that’s why it was called what it was.
I really had no other choice than to love this band. If you are like me and appreciate some of the aforementioned bands, don't miss out.
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