New Noise Magazine is rolling through the middle of the week thanks to the video premiere of “The Ambient Sound of Traffic” by Crash The Calm. “The Ambient Sound of Traffic” is the opener to the New York act’s last release, How’ve You Been? and a surge of reflective power. The instrumentals express a grim mood, trudging along with woven guitar melodies and a steady drum beat. The music video details the band playing the song and a narrative of never being seen, stuck in a bar without being able to chase away one’s demons or indulge in any kind of pleasure. It’s a touching video that takes the line “they only see what they want to see” to a new emotional level.
“A place that you once loved is no longer the same and neither are you.” – Crash The Calm
Long Islanders Crash the Calm entered the scene in December 2014 after its members had decided to come together with the goals of making meaningful, cathartic music and trying their best to share that art with everyone they could. The five-piece play alternative rock that would fit in with the grunge of Balance & Composure and Superheaven but appeal to the ambient nature of Circa Survive and Moving Mountains. While Crash the Calm are certainly musical veterans–each member has been in multiple bands and composes music constantly–they have a looseness about them that stems from the trust and respect they have for each other, and this breathing room is exactly where they shine and what makes songs like their single “Holes”, “Irish Exit”, and “The Ambient Sound of Traffic” stand out amongst their peers.
They have recently just finished playing a series of Long Island shows opening for bands like Head North (Bad Timing Records) and Heart Attack Man (Triple Crown Records) as well as playing venues like Citi Field and 89 North (Patchogue, NY). Crash The Calm just released their debut album, How’ve You Been?, on Downport Records on May 19, 2017.
8.11 – The Kaleidoscope – Lancaster, PA
8.12 – Divergent Fest – Fredericksburg, VA
8.13 – 89 North – Patchogue, NY