I feel like I’ve been waiting a long time for the debut album from Bridgend, South Wales five-piece Those Damn Crows. Thankfully, on October 5th, Earache Records released their album, Murder and the Motive. The delay was certainly worth the wait: this album is great. It’s interesting that it did take so long for the album to come out, though: the music video for “Fear of the Broken” (the final track on the album) was uploaded to YouTube on June 8th, 2015! “Blink of an Eye” (my favourite song on the album) got a video in September 2016.
My “review”, for want of a better word, is simply this: Those Damn Crows are damn good. If you’re a fan of any kind of rock music, then I think you’ll like this band. Loud guitars, great vocals and hooks, I’m really glad I stumbled across them.
It’s interesting to me that they’re released by Earache, too — when I first started spiralling own the rock and metal rabbit hole, Earache were the home for bands like Morbid Angel and Carcass. They later signed bands like Pitchshifter (who I really liked), Skindred and Rival Sons. They have an interesting catalogue. Worth checking out, if you haven’t already.
Anyway, Those Damn Crows are a rock band through-and-through, and channel a more modern take on rock ‘n’ roll — that is, there’s swagger, but it’s not as obnoxious. (Maybe because they can really play their instruments and write excellent songs.)
Anyway, enough from me. Check out the music! Here are the aforementioned videos for “Fear of the Broken”…
… and “Blink of an Eye”…
And here’s the full track listing:
- Don’t Give a Damn
- Blink of an Eye
- Someone Someday
- Rock ‘n’ Roll Ain’t Dead!
- Behind These Walls
- Say It
- Seven Days
- The Fighter
- Fear of the Broken