The Crowleys first caught my attention with the release of “LA Sunset,” a psychedelic track that felt genuinely SoCal. Much to my surprise, the band is actually based in Hamilton, Ontario, a city known for weather and landscape quite different from our own. That clearly doesn’t matter though, given how sunny and expansive their new EP sounds. Listen to Colours Change Their Tone EP exclusively below ahead of its release this Friday.
Psych rock is a fun genre, and The Crowleys know how to make it all their own. Lead singer Cohen Wylie uses his wavering vocals to lead us through kaleidoscopic guitar melodies, starting with the aptly pastel “Pink Rainbows”; layers of noise eventually snap into clarity with a Blur-like Britpop ditty at the very end. Processed vocals pick up where that leaves off for the surfy and addictive “Midnight Blue.” Even simple bridges or instrumental sequences boast huge personalities, seen best in the record closer “Pansy Party Extravaganza.” ‘Pansy’ must have a different connotation in Canada, because this song is confident to the point of bragging; The Crowleys have honed their sound magnificently and any bullies that want to mock them with flowery names will have to confront me first.
For more information on The Crowleys, follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Be sure to keep an eye on their Bandcamp page to pick up Colours Change Their Tone upon its release this Friday, Feb 9th.
by: Zoë Elaine