Since the release of their well-received ‘Tropes’ EP last year, South London duo Crushed Beaks have largely eschewed live shows to concentrate on writing and recording their eagerly-awaited debut album.
Originally holed up – quite literally – in a Shoreditch basement, they began work on songs that would eventually make up ‘Scatter’. In a room with no natural light, and no particular deadline set, endless reams of demos were concocted and discarded until some started to bubble up to the surface.
The tightly-woven melodies that initially set them apart from their peers remain intact, with chords now struck with sharper precision and hooks hitting the listener with greater immediacy. Meandering guitar lines drift in and out of focus on opener ‘April’, until the album explodes into life with thunderous drums and cymbals.
Such sonic growth has seen the band outgrow their twopiece set-up, with Scott Bowley joining the band to flesh out their sound with bass guitar and vocal harmonies and recreate the album’s more ambitious moments for the live setting.
From their debut single of ‘Sun Dogs’ and follow-ups ‘Grim’ and ‘Breakdown’, right through to their first EP last September, Crushed Beaks have already attracted much acclaim from blogs, print and radio alike; garnering rave reviews from BBC 6 Music, XFM, NME, The Independent, The Times, Loud and Quiet, Dazed and Confused, Noisey and more. ‘Scatter’ now looks certain to take Crushed Beaks to the next level, without the group surrendering the foundations on which they were formed.