London’s Crushed Beaks have today shared their second single “Sky Burial” (released digitally 5th July) from their forthcoming album The Other Room out 9th August on Clue Records.
On album opener, “Sky Burial”, squalls of feedback wrestle with pop melodies turned inside out. A looping riff introduces the driving rhythm section, pushing forward sheets of distortion and psyched-out rushes of noise pop.
Matt Poile (vocals and guitar) says: “Sky Burial revolves around this looping riff that locks in with this sense of momentum – it’s one of our favourites to play live. The lyrics are about fear and feeling out of your depth but being able to adapt to change and give yourself up to trust someone completely. I think it sets the tone for the rest of the album really well, it’s a statement of intent that shows how our music has developed – it’s got energy but with a darker side to it.”
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While their debut album, Scatter, was created with minimal equipment, The Other Room finds the band making full use of the studio’s wealth of analogue gear. “We were like kids in a candy store, we went from having one amp and a couple of pedals to being in this insanely well-kitted out space,” says Poile. The result is a huge step forward for the band – the hooks hit harder and the fuzz gets twisted into wilder new shapes.
The Other Room was written in a windowless studio in east London over the course of two years. Poile spent over a year recording and refining demos alone before bringing bass player, Scott Bowley and new drummer, Tim Watkins back into the fold to work out how to play the songs live. Having caught the ear of producer Matt Peel (Eagulls, Menace Beach) at a Halloween show with Metz and Mitski, the band relocated to his studio, The Nave, in a converted church in Leeds to record the new album over a two-week stretch. Peel produced, mixed and mastered the record.
“Sky Burial” follows their first single, “Honesty Box” – a blast of pure energy powered by a driving motorik beat and drenched in layers of warped distortion.
The Other Room will be released on 2 special vinyl editions, one a clear vinyl with orange splatter, the other a transparent orange vinyl via Leeds-based label Clue Records(Avalanche Party, PLAZA, Van Houten, LOCALS) and is available to order from www.cluerecords.com.