The Crimson Star has reconfirmed confirmed its status as one on the hottest new rock bands to come out of the West Midlands with the release of their new EP ‘No Ordinary Love’.
The three track collection which follows last years debut EP ‘New Road’ showcases all of the talents that make TCS such an exciting new prospect with pounding drums, blistering guitars, tight rhythms and catchy choruses.
The EP was recorded at Studio [B] in Kingswinford over a busy weekend in May, with producer Christopher Piper at the helm.
Opening the EP is the title track, which centers a hook you’ll be singing all day after the first listen, set over some upbeat riffing that draws inspiration from Soundgarden and Queens of the Stone Age to give a brilliant pop/hard rock crossover anthem. It’s a song that underlines The Crimson Star’s ability to craft a poptastic earworm that still stays full of hard rocking drive.
Next is Coercion, a staple of the band’s live set for the past 6 months. Kicking into a riff packed full of classic rock swagger, this rocking tune will have your feet tapping and head nodding in no time, before taking you to an epic chorus that is built for stadiums to sing along to.
The EP is rounded off with a real headbanger – the furious A Darker Shade. Packed full of punk energy, crisp riffing, a fantastic guitar solo and a midsection that will make you want to bounce like a loon. It’s a thoroughly satisfying hard rocker that will leave you wanting more.
And the story of this EP doesn’t end with the songs; the artwork for the release was crowd-sourced from the band’s fans using social media and shows a real range of creativity.
Singer/guitarist Jay Shaw said: “We’re really proud of this EP and can’t wait for people to hear it. These songs really showcase how far we’ve come as a band in our first year together and it’s incredibly exciting to have some new recordings ready to release. The recording process was a blast and now we can’t wait to get back out there and playing gigs again. We were also amazed at the response to our campaign to crowd-source the artwork – our fans went above and beyond and sent us so many great entries. The finished piece looks fantastic.”