The four members of the band Crows
Credit: Sandra Ebert

NEWS: Crows release new single ‘Bored’, announce third album and confirm tour dates

Crows return with new single ‘Bored’ and announce their third album Reason Enough, set for release 27th September via Bad Vibrations. In addition, the quartet have confirmed a UK/EU tour this October and November with tickets on sale on Friday 5th July. Singer, James Cox, has also recently fronted band Humanist which have supported Depeche Mode on their arena tours as well as Jane’s Addiction. Expanding on the new track he shared:
“Like so many musicians today, being off album cycle means no touring, which in turn means looking for more day-to-day work options to make ends meet. We wrote Reason Enough in a period like this when we were all simultaneously working day jobs to pay the bills. And when we’re not touring, I become way more aware of, and susceptible to, the news cycle. Being bombarded by constant doom and gloom can create a real despondent maelstrom. With what seemed like no hope for respite, or any change to my routine whatsoever, the song ‘Bored’ came out of that cycle of waking up and not being able to shake the feeling of wanting to bang your forehead against a brick wall.”

The video directed by Manoela Chiabai (Depeche Mode, IDLES, Future Islands) gives a  big nod to Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, to B movies of the likes of John Carpenter, to Camberwell and Freud’s The Uncanny. To celebrate the release of ‘Bored’, Crows will perform a special intimate show at London’s Third Man Records this Thursday 4th July. Tickets are on sale now.

Reason Enough is the album the band have taken the longest to write – partly because they had to fit the exercise around working full-time jobs, but also because of the freedom that was afforded to them around this specific project, which takes the post-punk four piece’s historically adrenaline-fuelled sound into fresh territory. James Cox (vocals), Steve Goddard (guitar), Jith Amarasinghe (bass) and Sam Lister (drums), swapped their usual rehearsal space, a small studio in Homerton, East London, for the cavernous walls of a studio in Stroud, Gloucestershire. It is a former Catholic church and convent and the band parked themselves up in the church’s crypt, which was more conducive to inspiring the foundations for Reason Enough.

The band worked with Mercury Prize-winning producer Andy Savours, who has previously collaborated with the likes of Black Country, New Road and My Bloody Valentine, on the project. A master of the polished indie record, Savours put a glossy sheen onto Reason Enough, without compromising the record’s intrinsic grit.

Lyrically, Cox drew heavily from a difficult year, both personally and in terms of facing up to a heavy going news cycle, and a general sense of malaise, isolation, unease and a desire for growth in spite of it all. The album promises to strike a balance between existentialism, soul-searching, and a discerning brand of indie-rock. “We’re doing the same thing, but a lot better,” Cox says. “This is Crows in high definition.”

Crows will tour the UK/EU this October / November, with tickets on sale Friday 5th July at 10am.
Tickets available here.

Crows Tour Dates
4 – London @ Third Man Records / Blue Basement
5 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
9 – Brighton, UK @ DUST
10 – Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Institute
11 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
12 – Dublin, IE @ The Soundhouse
14 – Nottingham, UK @ Rough Trade Nottingham
15 – London, UK @ Village Underground
17 – Bristol, UK @ Exchange
18 – Hebden Bridge, UK @ The Trades Club
28 – Cologne, DE @ Yard Club
29 – Hamburg, DE @ Turmzimmer
30 – Copenhagen, DE @ Loppen
1 – Berlin, DE @ Urban Spree
8 – Kortrijk, BE @ Sonic City
9 – Luxembourg, LU @ Rotondes
10 – Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje
13 – Lille, FR @  L’Aeronef
14 – Paris, FR @  La Maroquinerie
15 – Tours, FR @ Au Temps Machine
16 – Rennes, FR @ Antipode MJC Rennes

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