Return - 2023 Repress

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“deathcrash’s Return is an embarrassment of musical riches that is only matched by the depth of evocations that haunt the record, its power both life-affirming and oddly absent, like a photo of a happier time that’s starting to fade. In its totality, Return feels like a keepsake for when the world truly ends” Loud and Quiet, 9/10 After selling 1000 copies in the first couple of months after its release, and after a slew of critical acclaim, deathcrash’s debut album ‘Return’ is back in stock. The re-press comes the same year as their second record ‘Less’ received broad support from Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, Line of Best Fit and Loud & Quiet.

First and foremost, deathcrash approached the task of putting together their debut album as music lovers. To all four members, a good album seemed to stamp out periods of their life, capturing a time, a feeling, a mood. This was their approach when trying to make whole two-years-worth of fragmented songwriting. Their songs may differ from each other in certain ways, but they manage to conjure similar feelings. ‘Return’ captures many of the difficult moments of the last couple years in the band members’ personal lives and yet, as a whole its complexity emerges as a beautiful and hopeful message. Amongst other things, writing the album was a cathartic process for the band, and so it can be for the listener too. The first parts of ‘Return’ came from quite a dark and jaded place. To get better can be a path marred by self-sabotage and a desire to hide. It can be easier to have no faith in something new, and rely on the comfort of an old feeling, even if it hurts. There is a reassurance in pain, a familiarity in its narrative. Return asks when things heal, where does the wound go? deathcrash recorded Return with their close friend and producer Ric James, who they’ve worked with since their early recordings. The album was recorded live, with an emphasis on dynamics, bringing together tense intimacy with atmospheric vastness. 


American Metal
Matt’s Song
Wrestle With Jimmy
Metro 1
Was Living
What To Do
The Low Anthem

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