Internationally celebrated Belgian shoegazers SLOW CRUSH’ will release their long-awaited sophomore album “Hush” (their first since 2018), this Friday, October 22nd via Quiet Panic.
‘Hush’ is the gloomy & dreamy sophomore album by Belgium based and internationally celebrated 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.
FOR FANS OF: My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, DIIV, Deafheaven, Brutus, Chelsea Wolfe, Hum, Ringo Deathstarr, Nothing
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.
Be sure to catch Slow Crush on tour throughout Europe and the USA in 2022. Get your tickets HERE.
“Slow Crush are the sound to a beautiful alternate reality”- Kerrang
“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
“”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
“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
“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
“(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