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Bad Crab Hand / Sufi

by flies+flies

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    "artful without succumbing to pretence… intelligent but without excluding the directness emotion can offer"" Clash

    "Two tracks that ooze style and composure"
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    "chamber toned torch hybrids that flicker and weave to a subtle macabre motif that’s cradled and creaking in a haunting 60’s afterglow and pressed upon decidedly unhinged psyche" God is in the TV

    "suffocating, disquieting and claustrophobic – yet, somehow, completely irresistible" BBC 6 Freshonthenet

    Clash premiere the video by Mr Kaplin - www.clashmusic.com/videos/premiere…s-bad-crab-hand

    Andrew Weatherall plays Bad Crab Hand on BBC 6 - www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03yclft

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    flies+flies mix for Don't Need no Melody in NYC -
    Emmyfeldman – Dnnm-mix-020-flies-flies

    Since emerging half-formed from the wreckage of an art project gone wrong, London trio flies+flies have been carving out a unique form of experimental rock music, combining electronics, strings, guitar and voice to create distinctly dark and deeply melodic pockets of space.

    Writing together live as a band and drawing influence from the aesthetic worlds of Stanley Kubrick, TS Elliot and Isa Genzken, their brooding sound occupies a smoky hinterland between the warm comedown glow of Mogwai, Jeff Buckley’s reflective late-night hymnals, the apocalyptic transmissions of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and the spare, sputtering 808 patterns of early Hessle Audio records. Quietly restrained vocals fight against turntable-manipulated noise and rhythm, electro-cello drone and reverberated waves of guitar.

    Following a steady stream of packed live shows (from the suitably claustrophobic setting of a disused East London dentist’s surgery to the main stage of Bristol’s Arc festival), the trio retreated to the studio to begin working on their debut release. The result, Bad Crab Hand, is a perfect embodiment of the flies+flies aesthetic, its sparse textures and sonic pregnancy combining to form an entrancing and mysterious doomsday reverie; the band have dubbed it “rhizomatic pop”.

    A. Bad Crab Hand
    B. Sufi

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released March 10, 2014


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Deviant pop

"Suffocating, disquieting and claustrophobic – yet, somehow, completely irresistible" BBC 6 Music

“sounds like Jeff Buckley taking a wrong turn into a Mute-flavoured analogue-electrophonic dystopia.” Misfit City

"There's a beautiful edge…artful without succumbing to pretence " Clash
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