As it becomes increasingly easy to produce perfect sounding recordings from your bedroom or living room, people's tastes seem to be drifting back to the raw and immediate, the lo-fi, the personal and homemade. There has been a re-appreciation of grunge, as well as spindly post-punk, from labels like Blackest Ever Black or Sacred Bones, that have re-launched careers, like Dinosaur Jr., Mudhoney and many, many more.
With people turning their ears back to grunge, the time is ripe to hear Blue EP from Calgary's Crowchild, who blend the goofy misanthropy and shredding guitars of The Melvins with some rootsy twanginess, all Western acoustic guitars and crawling chord progressions.
This scant EP, clocking in at a mere six songs, is intended as a sampler of what Crowchild is capable of, as they're cranking and gearing up for more. Crowchild rarely sits still, never succumbing to one generic style, so anyone who appreciates good grunge, and any kind of hard guitar rocking will find something to dig their fangs and claws into on Blue.
Crowchild reminds me most closely of the earliest, demo-era Nirvana, or the thin, spindly acerbic sound of Mudhoney mixed with the knuckle dragging sludge of The Melvins. Crowchild doesn't get bogged down in the bottom end like many of their sludgy cousins, however, as their guitars coast over the rhythmic bedrock, like carrion crows, while the high-pitched drums cut through the mix, in an unusual mixing style you don't hear often in metal derivatives. It's like grindcore mixed with lo-fi punk rock, all while rootsy blues guitar synchronize dance and swim.
For anyone who loves to blur the boundaries, who wants to remember when grunge was good and interesting, and not just bland radio unit shifters, check out Blue this very moment! Great stuff!
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