"While Uniform make harsh noise with a distinct influence form hardcore punk, Crushed kinda flip the formula... A punk crusher covered in a layer of static."
Another anthem from NYC's Crushed is here today, via BrooklynVegan and sister headbanger site Invisible Oranges.
Stream "Narc" here:
Crushed brings it hard and raw with a noise-drenched version of New York hardcore – think Madball's stagedive soundtracks, by way of Unsane's sewer-dwelling noise-rock or Uniform's harshness. Fittingly, new EP Deep User, out April 14th, was recorded and mixed by Uniform guitarist Ben Greenberg. As BrooklynVegan's Andrew Sacher notes, Crushed and Uniform might be two sides of the same coin, uniting noise and hardcore punk in different ways.
But brief glimpses of melody, buried in the grime of Crushed's sound, suggest a whole realm of musicality lurking beneath the surface. On this note, Crushed guitarist Jeff Bobula and drummer Greg Smith are members of the proggy Survival, the Hunter Hunt-Hendrix-led band whose 2013 debut on Thrill Jockey was described by Pitchfork with phrases like "titanium-grade riff" and "punishing in its embrace of zoned-out repetition."
Lyrically, Crushed is hardcore from an adult's point-of-view – frontman Fred Miketa states, "the entire album is about being a single dad battling with addiction and reflecting on getting older." Miketa says hardcore saved his life as a kid, and now through Crushed it is saving him for the second time.
Deep User was mastered by Josh Bonati (Pharmakon, Merchandise).
Crushed plays Brooklyn this Sunday at a matinee at Saint Vitus with Sect (Cursed, Earth Crisis, Catharsis, Fall Out Boy members).