PREVIEW: CRX @ The Doug Fir Lounge// November 29th
Written by Emma on November 26, 2016
Photo by Victoria Mahoney
FFO: The Strokes, Queens Of The Stone Age, Mini Mansions, Twin Peaks
If you’ve been missing the sweet sounds of New York rock, then you can’t miss CRX at the Doug Fir, Tuesday, November 29th. Fronted by The Strokes’ Nick Valensi, CRX is a refreshing return to the grunge sounds we were raised on. Formed in LA in 2013, the band’s debut album New Skin was released in October of this year. Described by Valensi as “a mix of power pop and metal”, I’d have to describe it as the love child of Strokes’ albums First Impressions of Earth and Comedown Machine. New Skin was produced by Josh Homme and the debut single “Broken Bones” first aired on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show.
The main influences the band cite for the album are The Cars, Cheap Trick and Elvis Costello but also address the influence that Bjork, Kanye West, Nirvana and Missy Elliot had on their writing. This genre-spanning list is a fairly representative of New Skin, showcasing the blanket of inspiration that the album was woven from. CRX is clearly a passion project, born out of Valensi’s love for music and playing it live. The album began as a series of demos on a computer, slowly spreading to involve other musicians and friends. The catchy album art was provided by UK artist Boneface and frequent Strokes collaborator, Warren Fu. Be sure to catch CRX on their first U.S. tour on Tuesday!
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