Those damn crows

Clas­sic-rock­ing cross­over corvids

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Brid­gend’s Those Damn Crow’s prac­tise a ‘less talk, more rock’ brand of grunged-up clas­sic riff­ing. Big cho­ruses, thun­der­ing toms and no-non­sense songcraft are the five-pieces’s key weapons and they use them well. “Chucky riffs and down mut­ing and har­mony chords,” is how gui­tarist Ian ‘Shiner’ Thomas ex­plains his ap­proach. The punchy for­mula has pricked the lug­holes of Earache, which re­cently re­leased TDC’S de­but al­bum Mur­der and mo­tive.

It’s a record that’s about leav­ing pre­ten­sion at the door, em­brac­ing the big ’n’ brash and rid­ing down-muted light­ning. “A wall of gui­tar tone that punches peo­ple to the wall,” is how Shiner puts it, when asked to de­scribe the sound in his head. “It changes by the sec­ond - it’s not a sta­ble place, ha! But mostly it has to be pow­er­ful. [It has to] make peo­ple bang their heads and tap their feet.”

For fans of Glo­ri­ous Sons Gear Gib­son Les Paul, MESA /Boo­gie

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