SCATTER, the debut record from UK trio Crushed Beaks, brought to mind two immediate musical memories – The sound of the Housemartins albeit with a bigger backbeat and the guitar sound of the debut album by San Francisco group Wire Train. I know I date myself as these are both 80’s groups. Early 90’s band Adorable is also present here to my ear.
But Crushed Beaks is not a retro record. It is suitably engaged in post-ironic distance and the timeless and swirling post-punk guitar style (of course acknowledging shoegaze in volume and dubbing) as to be immediate. I am an old guy and I like it. A bearded hipster could also enjoy this music although they do get some heat on in some of the faster songs. These guys are not particularly gentle or fey.
The first single Overdone puts melody in the driver’s seat while other tunes like Rising Sign and Feelers rock out in mood and atmosphere. These guys have a great energy but I would like to see them make their song structures more complicated on future releases – Longer song lengths but maybe more diverse in speed.