Release Date: Mar 22, 2019
Record label: Balley Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Following two ear-splitting EPs and countless explosive live shows over the past six years, London four-piece Crows’ long-awaited debut states its claim from the off. Vocalist James Cox's warm baritone vocals are a highlight, providing some emotive harmony to the noise. He leads the charge on the euphoric 'Empyrean', while 'Wednesday's Child' hits catchy peaks using wandering bass licks and a bustling drum beat.
On first listen, Silver Tongues is a much more mature beast than the music of their early garage-punk days. A lot of the edges have been knocked off in place of a smoother, more melodic finish. Both "Hang Me High" and "Chain of Being" contain bass lines that harmonise and choruses that go for the jugular. Opener "Silver Tongues" still displays that rougher intensity of old, but this is one of the exceptions in a record that has all the hallmarks of a band allowing their sound to develop. Having being recorded almost entirely in the blacked out studios, it's not surprising that singer James Cox finds his lyrics going to a similarly dark place.