Crows Parliament

The London Music Blog presents..... Crows Parliament

Crows Parliament live at The Stag and Hounds


Bristol Indie band, Crows Parliament, have got a busy year ahead of them. After a whirlwind formation, they’ve arrived in 2012 with a live EP and DVD to release and a nationwide tour to back it up. Not bad going for such a new and.

To call such a group of talented musicians a throwback to the glory days of Americana feels a little bit unfair, but is perhaps quite accurate. They have a touch of the Pixies about them and their sound sends a nod in the direction of any number of 60’s blues rock bands. Either way, they wear their influences on their sleeve in a way that shows no shame, but rather a deep musical respect for their idols.

They offer a selection of tracks on their facebook page, as well as live footage. As a testament to the soul that weaves through them, one of the live tracks on their page is an old Bob Dylan/Old Crow Medicine Show cover of Wagon Wheel. They roll through it beautifully with female vocalist Staci complimenting guitarist Jack Bird perfectly.

The tracks themselves are rough around the edges and far from polished, but then again, when you’re unashamedly playing music that sounds like it was written in the 60’s, it’s probably appropriate that this is how the recording should sound. This is however far from a criticism, and in fact adds to the character and the integrity of the recordings.

Don’t dismiss it as a cheap imitation of things long gone. You should go and check out Crows Parliament at the venue closest to you when they head over to our fair capital and teach us all how to strip over-produced and perfect music back to the bone and offer some filthy, raw, autotune shunning sounds.

Check out www.reverbnation.com/CrowsParliament for details of show venues and the upcoming release of their live EP and DVD.

by Mike Brown


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