New Crushed EP Deep User is out today.
"The metallic hardcore outfit's EP bites hard, with more than enough riffs and mosh-worthy breakdowns to lose your mind to. It's the noise rock elements that set Crushed apart though; each track has an extra, insane layer to it..."
"A total thrasher, reminiscent of the likes of Cro-Mags and Sheer Terror, with a heavier bite... The EP was recorded by Uniform's Ben Greenberg, who helped the band realize their potential for noise-laden riffs."
"While Uniform make harsh noise with a distinct influence from hardcore punk, Crushed kinda flip the formula... A punk crusher covered in a layer of static."
"Crushed's battle scars come through loud and clear in their music... They do their great NYC hardcore forefathers proud."
"A riveting collision between hardcore and noise rock."
"Imagine the sound of Deadguy playing AmRep-styled songs at a CBGB's matinee, circa 1996, and you would be close to capturing the sonic fury of Crushed."
"What would happen if a college-educated version of the Cro-Mags were locked in their rehearsal space as it was set on fire... Crushed pumps out some of the best of what hardcore has to offer – not least of which is the vibe of authentic anger, frustration, and heartache that has always made the genre transcend itself."
Deep User was recorded and mixed by Uniform guitarist Ben Greenberg, and mastered by Josh Bonati (Pharmakon, Merchandise). The EP seethes with belligerent New York hardcore of the Cro-Mags variety, buried in a tomb of noise and riddled with odd, transcendent melodies that elevate the music to a sphere beyond simple classification.
The New York City band's frontman Fred Miketa breaks it down: "When we set out to write Deep User the goal was pretty simple – write a fucked up hardcore record for someone who appreciates Blood For Blood as much as the Cocteau Twins. Lyrically, the EP is basically a narrative that shitty hardcore dad-types living in NYC may have experienced at one time or another: coming to terms with getting old and dying soon (and it not mattering)... Deep User, for me at least, channels the spirit of hardcore as it was presented to me so many years ago – doing something unique, in my own voice, that acts as an outlet for the horseshit we face every day. Maybe it's emo or cliche, but hopefully there are some freaks out there that can relate and get it."