Crease has exploded onto the Teesside music scene with their debut album, ‘The Everglades’ – and I must admit, they’re one of the tightest three-pieces around at the moment.
Drawing from influences such as the best parts of early Chilli Peppers, Soundgarden and lashings of Jimi Hendrix, expect funky basslines, ear-scorching guitar solos and thundering drums.
‘Hedonise’ greets us as the opening track with a hypnotic riff while vocalist Jonathan Staff sings triumphantly about the ‘disco dynamite’ of the hedonistic lifestyle of partying all night.
Second track, ‘Amoeba’, has an Eastern-tinged psychedelic feeling and is more pensive than our opening banger, while the band mediates on how we should “Try to anticipate what might disintegrate”.
‘This Ride’ features surreal imagery and a stream of consciousness-style lyricism twinned with a brilliant sound bite of the late American stand up comedian, Bill Hicks, with one of his most well-known segments about life being a ride.
The track length for ‘Julie’ clocks in at a lightning fast 1:42, however this song is definitely quality over quantity and features hilarious lyrics such as “Julie’s boobies are the best, she’s the number one contender when it comes to breasts, and we all like your personality too” – showing the band’s more humorous side.
Final track, ‘Fidget’, moves along with a Hendrix-inspired wah wah guitar sound and shows the band at their strongest and grooviest.
Overall it’s an absolutely cracking first album from the Crease lads. This is definitely one of the strongest debut efforts to come out of Teesside.
You can purchase ‘The Everglades’ now at musicglue.com/crease.