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The Horrible Crowes Elsie
Released 2 September 2011
Producer Ted Hutt
Label SideOneDummy
Length 50:24
Genre Alternative, rock
Website thehorriblecrowes.com

Everyone should listen to The Horrible Crowes. They are a feel good American alternative rock 'n' roll band with no messing around. Just decent rock songs. This really brought me back to college days of listening to American rock bands hour upon hour, every day.

They are a side-project featuring The Gaslight Anthem’s lead singer and guitarist Brian Fallon and his guitar technician Ian Perkins. Their name derives from a poem 'Twa Corbies' which translates as 'Two Crows'. The poem is about two crows discussing the body of a knight lying dead behind a wall.

Obviously enough there are hints of The Gaslight Anthem here. Other influences are Bruce Springsteen and Live, a band from the ‘90s who released some rather underrated albums Throwing Copper and Secret Samadhi.

Some of the best songs here are debut single 'Behold the Hurricane' and the incredibly radio friendly 'I Witnessed a Crime'. Somehow everyone should feel like they’ve heard it all before but in a good way. A nostalgic way. 'Cherry Blossoms' has that Mark Lanegan growl thing going on. As does my favourite album track 'Mary Ann' which sounds like an outtake that could probably fit comfortably onto Tom Waits’ brilliant Bad As Me album which was released last year.

Lets hope Brain and Ian continue with this band for a while. Great stuff.

- Leon Byrne