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Crows beckon the Unwelcome Light

"Unwelcome Light"

Release date: 25 March 2016
Crows Unwelcome Light
23 August 2016, 13:49 Written by Ryan Lunn
It’s taken London-based punks Crows a full-on four years of balancing their musical ambition with their mundane day jobs in order to finally find themselves in the position of being able to release their debut EP.

Unwelcome Light may just be a short five-track EP released via their manager’s label - Telharmonium, also home to The Magic Gang’s debut EP – but it’s impressive just how accomplished and professional they sound, especially for a relatively small band still trying to attract a loyal fanbase.

Ultimately, Crows sound so accomplished purely because they know their purpose as a band - to create something heavy and unsettling while still leaning towards an acknowledgement of melody - and they serve it perfectly. From start to finish, there’s a growing sense of darkness looming over the EP, and it’s only encouraged by the metaphor-laced cries of death and desperation in lead singer James Cox’s lyrics – they’re enough to get you contemplating what he actually 'means' while scaring you shitless at the same time.

The EP’s two concluding tracks - “Whisper” and “Unwelcome Light” - are the most refined examples to date of Crows’ raucous, dark and, sometimes even threatening, sound - they’re comfortable with the fact that they make some listeners uncomfortable and that's what makes them such a promising prospect as a still seemingly up-and-coming band. Unwelcome Light is an ambitious and entirely independent debut release, and it’s one that will help Crows crawl closer and closer out of the dead-end tunnel that is unfulfilling full-time jobs and support slots - the light at the end of the tunnel is only getting brighter, no matter how unwelcome to them it may be.

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