Holy Roar announced the reissue of the EP that marked the bands humblest of beginnings and New Noise Magazine is pleased to share the entire album in full streaming.
Every once in awhile in the hazy quagmire of bands with releases that fall a little bit short of exceptional, one will come along and take your breath away. ‘Ease’, the debut EP by Belgian shoegazers Slow Crush, did just that.
Before Slow Crush’s debut album ‘Aurora’ and the relentless touring schedule that ensued (including a US tour, festival appearances and a headline UK tour), ‘Ease’ served as an introduction for their blend of ethereal and infectious dream pop-meets-shoegaze. Songs such as ‘Sway’ and ‘Linger’ masterfully nod to greats such as My Bloody Valentine and Ride, whilst bringing a refined and contemporary alternative rock sensibility to their sound. This deft approach at blending the cacophonous with the otherworldly set Slow Crush apart from their contemporaries as more than just students of the shoegaze revival, with this reissue hammering home that fact.
Accompanying the EP is four fan favourites taken from ‘Aurora’ and an alternative version of ‘Sway’, recorded at ABC studios courtesy of ‘Part Time Punks Sessions’ during the bands US tour. Within two years of the band’s formation, this collection of early material will no doubt go down as a vibrant document of an exceptional band in their infancy.
“When we recorded the ‘Ease’ tracks in our living room, we never dreamt the EP would receive the response it has, or that the vinyl press would sell out so soon after it’s release. Demand was high, people kept coming up to the merch stand at shows or sending us messages online asking if we had any hidden away in our stock. We knew when the time for a repress came, we wanted to make it special. The deluxe edition contains the original 4 ‘Ease’ tracks accompanies by a 4 track Part Time Punks live session we recorded at Cave Studio, while on tour in LA. We hit the studio bright and early, still buzzed from our packed show at The Echo the night before. Both experiences were unforgettable! We are forever grateful to Michael Stock at Part Time Punks and Josiah Mazzaschi at Cave Studio for giving us this opportunity. And of course to the Holy Roar Records crew for sticking with us and being as enthusiastic as we are for this “re”-release”, vocalist Isa (vocals/bass) says.