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Crimson Star – Bay View Review

Released by: Self

Release Date: October 20th, 2017




Line Up:

James Shaw – vocals and guitar
Ross Edgington – drums
Roj Ash – bass



1. The Pragmatist
2. La Prom
3. Once
4. Euthanise Me
5. Gimme Some


There are many marvellous things that have come out of Birmingham, obviously dear old Ozzy, that super friendly ‘Brummie’ accent, and did you know too that this was the birthplace of Cadburys chocolate and that Tolkien spent his childhood in Birmingham and that the tiny village of Sarehole is said to have been the model for the Shire? Now, there is one more, most excellent reason to love this jewel of the West Midlands … and that is Crimson Star!
Formed in late 2012, comprising James Shaw (guitar, lead vocals), Ross Edgington (drums, vocals) with Roger Ash (Bass). The band recorded their latest EP entitled “Bay View” with well-known record producer Romesh Dodangoda (Lower Than Atlantis, Bring Me The Horizon, Funeral For A Friend).

‘The Pragmatist’ is the perfect opener for the ‘Bay View’ EP, the riff and drumming influenced from Queens Of The Stone Age, but with a definitive English sound. The blend of guitar and bass also have a ring of Muse about them which, combined with the superb vocals, produce a great sound to the start of this EP.

Track two ‘La Prom’ presents a moodier, almost post-punk art rock feel with a soupcon of grunge, and the lyrics fit the feel perfectly “Goodbye to the happiness that we once knew. Hello Mr Misery coming for me and you”
Ramping up the rock intro and chorus with track three ‘Once’, James pushes his vocals to a deliciously gravelly crescendo which rides along the wave of the interesting guitar tempo.

A Muse-esque, stripper theme tune of a ‘Euthanise Me’ slinks its way into your ears and then, WHAM BAM thank you, ma’am, smacks you in the face with a screaming treat of a chorus …. Definitely, my favorites track on the EP.
The superb finale to this offering of track five ‘Gimme Some’ is the ideal way to finish ‘Bay View’, with a grunge/rock spectacular!

Crimson Star come from a place where rock legends have been formed and they don’t plan on this trend finishing anytime soon.


Written by: Francijn Suermondt

Ratings: 8/10


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