Leeds based, Crooked Tongues release their four track debut ‘Headrush’. Formed in 2010, this quartet has honed their craft playing live, gaining festival slots and experimenting with their rock and indie influences to create their latest LP.
From the onset, ‘Meynell Heights’ builds up gently with an intricate guitar, before echoing vocals bursts in. A chorus of crashing cymbals and a riff similar to the sounds of 90’s indie greats’ Oasis, creeps in. The sound is not at all dated with its quick, marching drum and bassline, heightening the instrumental middle eight, before its final stripped back chorus.
‘Crying Shame’ is a more subdued effort with synthy organs running between the pitter patter of the drums. Vocally it’s full of emotion,which can be heard amongst the strained lyrics of the chorus. The band’s emotion reach’s an all time high, and ends with a melodic guitar.
A steady beat and good rhythmic quality coming from the underlying bass, can be found on their newly released single ‘The Fever’. Melancholy and full of attitude, it’s rock and roll in its truest form; with supporting vocals immersed around symphonious, and grungy guitar riffs on the chorus.
The band’s vocal’s retain its rock timbre, mixed with a spacey accent on ‘Purple Circle’, slowed down adding to the trippy psychadelia. “Think My Bloody Valentine” mixed with Stone Roses and blended with Tame Impala. Crooked Tongues have managed to take elements of those sounds, bringing them up to date, to sit perfectly in today’s music scene.
Headrush is a well-rounded effort from a band quite rightly, gaining fans and plenty of commendation from the music press.
Written by Charlotte Pearson