Belgian Shoegazers SLOW CRUSH Debut Never Before Heard Song “Billow”

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Belgian Shoegazers SLOW CRUSH Debut New 2 Track Single (featuring ‘Hush’ Album Track “Blue” and Never Before Heard Song “Billow”) Ahead of North American Tour Kicking Off April 8th at Brooklyn’s The Knitting Factory

Sophomore Album ‘Hush’ Out Now Via Quiet Panic

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Internationally acclaimed Belgian shoegazers SLOW CRUSH have released a new two-track single featuring the songs “Blue” (off the band’s latest album ‘Hush’) and a never before heard until now track titled “Billow.”

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Frontwoman Isa Holliday explains, “Billow was recorded during the sessions for our new album ‘Hush.’ It didn’t make the cut because it didn’t fit the flow of the album as a whole anymore since we try to tell a story on an album. Every song has its spot and ‘Hush’ wouldn’t work for us in any other progression or order of songs.

Billow was supposed to be the song right after ‘Blue’ so it made sense to release them together as a single because they still work and fit side by side. It’s a song stark with contrast, uptempo but collapsing down every few measures. It’s this exact contrast that helped to shape the lyrics to the song or visa versa. Finding your own path and the struggle through hardships of life however big or small they might be.”

Stream the video for “Blue” HERE: https://youtu.be/VF63_6qIbRE

Purchase ‘Hush’ HERE: https://quietpanic.net/collections/slow-crush

Slow Crush will make their long-awaited return to North America when their tour kicks off on April 8th at Brooklyn, NY’s Knitting Factory. Joining them as special guests on select dates include Cathedral Bells, Deserta & SOM. Tickets are available here.

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‘Hush’ is the gloomy & dreamy sophomore album by Belgium based and internationally acclaimed shoegazers, Slow Crush. The album radiates moonlit warmth through a haze of abrasive whirling layered guitars and soul soothing vocals by Isa Holliday.

The lull of wistful longing and tranquil bearing, contrasting cascading echoes of beautiful noise, ‘Hush’ surpasses their highly acclaimed debut album ‘Aurora’ in both song writing and musicianship.

After touring pretty much nonstop all over the world from the end of 2018 until January 2020, including tours with bands like Pelican, Torche, Soft Kill, Gouge Away, and playing festivals like Road Burn, Arctangent, 2000Trees, Groez Rock, Slow Crush was forced to take a touring break when Covid-19 hit.

Having to cancel two European tours and one US tour last minute was actually a blessing in disguise, allowing the band, centered around Isa Holliday & Jelle Harde Ronsmans, to regroup & rethink. Despite the lack of live shows, 2020-2021 was anything but “calm” for the band. The unexpected success of their debut album ‘Aurora’ and the impact that heavy touring had already taken on their private lives was intensified with the departure of two band members and the need to train/work in their replacements. Shortly after, their label ‘Holy Roar Records’ imploded, leaving the band without a home.

‘Hush’ is the result of songs written in between tours, unexpected downtime during a pandemic and turbulent times.

At the end of 2020, focus was shifted towards finishing their 2nd album and this resulted in an album with stark contrast. Some of their darkest but hope filled music to date was recorded.

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Slow Crush is:

Isa Holliday: vocals & bass

Jelle Harde Ronsmans: guitar

Jeroen Jullet: guitar

Frederik Meeuwis: drums

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North American tour 2022 with special guests Cathedral Bells, Deserta & SOM:

APR 08 Knitting Factory BROOKLYN, NY

APR 09 Sonia CAMBRIDGE, MA

APR 10 Songbyrd WASHINGTON, DC

APR 12 Canal Club RICHMOND, VA

APR 13 Local 506 CHAPEL HILL, NC

APR 14 New Brookland Tavern COLUMBIA, SC

APR 15 Vinyl ATLANTA, GA

APR 16 Archetype JACKSONVILLE, FL

APR 18 Henao Center ORLANDO, FL

APR 20 House of Blues NEW ORLEANS, LA

APR 22 Secret Group HOUSTON, TX

APR 23 Meanwhile AUSTIN, TX

APR 24 Three Links DALLAS, TX

APR 26 Rebel Lounge PHOENIX, AZ

APR 28 Soda Bar SAN DIEGO, CA

APR 29 Lodge Room LOS ANGELES, CA

APR 30 Constellation Room SANTA ANA, CA

MAY 01 The Independent SAN FRANCISCO, CA

MAY 05 Fox Cabaret VANCOUVER, BC

MAY 06 Funhouse SEATTLE, WA

MAY 07 Hawthorne lounge PORTLAND, OR

MAY 09 Kilby Court SALT LAKE CITY, UT

MAY 10 Hi-dive DENVER, CO

MAY 12 7th Street Entry MINNEAPOLIS, MN

MAY 13 Cobra Lounge CHICAGO, IL

MAY 14 Hoosier Dome INDIANAPOLIS, IN

MAY 15 The Loving Touch FERNDALE, MI

MAY 17 Big Room Bar COLUMBUS, OH

MAY 18 Mahall’s LAKEWOOD, OH

MAY 20 Monarch tavern TORONTO, ON

MAY 21 Club Saw OTTAWA, ON

MAY 22 Bar Le Ritz MONTREAL, QC

MAY 24 Foundry @ The Fillmore PHILADELPHIA, PA

TICKETS: https://www.slowcrush.org/tickets

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Photo: Kat De Laet

What others have said:

“Slow Crush play true shoegaze in its heaviest form, the way it’s meant to be, the best way. The band’s name goes a good distance toward describing their sound. There is a slowness to this music; a transcendent, diaphanous beauty. However, quite plainly, it will crush you.”- Stereogum

“It’s My Bloody Valentine with a post-hardcore edge, and we love it.”- Guitar World

“Their second album only improves upon the rich textures of their debut, expanding their punkier sound into something heavier, more contemplative…”- Flood Magazine

“Slow Crush are the sound to a beautiful alternate reality”- Kerrang

“a perfect blend of cathedral-ringing guitars buttressing Holliday’s pneumatic, almost aqueous singing voice. Dark, velvety music for even darker death-shrouded times.”- Paste

“The thoughtful introspection and tones of desolate longing found in shoegaze are cross-generational themes, and modern bands like Slow Crush are expertly carrying that ennui-laden torch with an especially adept hand.”- Revolver

“”Lull,” offers up a wonderful contrast between Isa Holliday’s dreamy, airy voice and a wall of heavy guitars.”- Brooklynvegan

“”Hush” is in every way a step up from the already-excellent Aurora; its shimmering melodies are counterpointed by elements of noise and hardcore slotted seamlessly together. Driven by emotion, romanticism and escapism, “Hush” is a captivating listen from start to finish and sees SLOW CRUSH deservedly take their place as one of the finest bands the genre has to offer.”- Distorted Sound

“Reimagining everything you know about Shoegaze…”- Alternative Press

“(Slow Crush) manage to sound simultaneously heavy, soothing, and novel while evading any gimmicky genre-fusions—a modern-day MBV, were Kevin Shields to pen his honeyed tunes solely in fits of rage.”- Time Out

“SLOW CRUSH are leading the way for a new generation off shoegazing”- Slow Tasty Music

“compelling and abrasive heavy ethereal shoegaze…”- Big Takeover

“one of the sickest Shoegaze bands doing it in 2020.”- CvltNation

“Slow Crush are masters of creating dreamy post-punk that holds up under its own weight.”- Everything Is Noise

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