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|Acclaimed Belgian Shoegaze Band SLOW CRUSH Releases Sophomore Album ‘Hush,’ Out Now Via Quiet Panic|
Shoegaze, Post-Punk, Dream Pop, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie
FOR FANS OF: My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, DIIV, Deafheaven, Brutus, Chelsea Wolfe, Hum, Ringo Deathstarr, Nothing
|“Reimagining everything you know about Shoegaze…”- Alternative Press|
|Internationally celebrated Belgian shoegazers SLOW CRUSH released their sophomore album “Hush” (their first since 2018) via Quiet Panic. |
Order the album HERE: https://quietpanic.net/collections/slow-crush
‘Hush’ is the gloomy & dreamy sophomore album by Belgium based and internationally celebrated shoegazers, Slow Crush. The album radiates moonlit warmth through a haze of abrasive whirling layered guitars and soul soothing vocals by Isa Holliday.
The lull of wistful longing and tranquil bearing, contrasting cascading echoes of beautiful noise, ‘Hush’ surpasses their highly acclaimed debut album ‘Aurora’ in both songwriting and musicianship.
After touring pretty much nonstop all over the world from the end of 2018 until January 2020, including tours with bands like Pelican, Torche, Soft Kill, Gouge Away and playing festivals like Road Burn, Arctangent, 2000Trees, Groez Rock, Slow Crush was forced to take a touring break when Covid-19 hit.
Having to cancel two European tours and one US tour last minute was actually a blessing in disguise, allowing the band, centered around Isa Holliday & Jelle Harde Ronsmans, to regroup & rethink. Despite the lack of live shows, 2020-2021 was anything but “calm” for the band. The unexpected success of their debut album ‘Aurora’ and the impact that heavy touring had already taken on their private lives was intensified with the departure of two band members and the need to train/work in their replacements. Shortly after, their label ‘Holy Roar Records’ imploded, leaving the band without a home.
‘Hush’ is the result of songs written in between tours, unexpected downtime during a pandemic and turbulent times.
At the end of 2020, focus was shifted towards finishing their 2nd album and this resulted in an album with stark contrast. Some of their darkest, but hope-filled music to date was recorded.
SLOW CRUSH STORE: https://quietpanic.net/collections/slow-crush
‘Hush’ Track Listing
10. Bent And Broken
Produced by Slow Crush, Sebastian Omerson & Neil D. Kennedy.
Recorded January 2021 at Number Nine Studios, Ghent by Sebastian Omerson & Mattias Hendrikx.
Overdubs February 2021 at Larsson Studio, Gelrode by Jelle Harde & Jens Larsson.
Mixed March 2021 at the Ranch Production House, Southampton by Neil D. Kennedy.
Mastered April 2021 at Sterling Sound, Nashville by Ryan Smith.
Artwork by Onetricpony.
Pictures by the Russian photographer Maria Nemm.
Slow Crush is:
Isa Holliday: vocals & bass
Jelle Harde Ronsmans: guitar
Jeroen Jullet: guitar
Frederik Meeuwis: drums
Photo: Kat De Laet
|What others have said:|
“Slow Crush play true shoegaze in its heaviest form, the way it’s meant to be, the best way. The band’s name goes a good distance toward describing their sound. There is a slowness to this music; a transcendent, diaphanous beauty. However, quite plainly, it will crush you.”- Stereogum
“(Slow Crush) manage to sound simultaneously heavy, soothing and novel while evading any gimmicky genre-fusions—a modern-day MBV, were Kevin Shields to pen his honeyed tunes solely in fits of rage.”- Time Out
“Reimagining everything you know about Shoegaze…”- Alternative Press
“SLOW CRUSH are leading the way for a new generation off shoegazing”- Slow Tasty Music
“compelling and abrasive heavy ethereal shoegaze…”- Big Takeover
“one of the sickest Shoegaze bands doing it in 2020.”- CvltNation
“The thoughtful introspection and tones of desolate longing found in shoegaze are cross-generational themes and modern bands like Slow Crush are expertly carrying that ennui-laden torch with an especially adept hand.”- Revolver
“a perfect blend of cathedral-ringing guitars buttressing Holliday’s pneumatic, almost aqueous singing voice. Dark, velvety music for even darker death-shrouded times.”- Paste
“Slow Crush are masters of creating dreamy post-punk that holds up under its own weight.”- Everything Is Noise