New Music: Crowns – Four Walls

Cornish four-piece Crowns are exporting an unusual and catchy brand of folk punk from their corner of England. While touring with folk rock giants the Dropkick Murphys, the band found themselves running out of merchandise and having to urgently get more t-shirts printed. And before Christmas, they busked their way from Glasgow to London, playing gigs at Big Issue magazine distribution centres and raising awareness of homelessness in the UK.

Taken from their their debut album, ‘Stitches in the Flag’, upcoming single ‘Four Walls’ has already proved itself to be a crowd favourite, and with its upbeat folk sound it can’t fail but to catch the attention of music lovers. There’s something about folk music that makes you want to join in, to sing along, to be part of it, and this is no different. Brought bang up to date with a punk edge, even critics of Crowns are going to find themselves tapping along.

The track feels inclusive, like something you can belong to. There’s an essence of sea shanties here, of football terrace anthems. It’s a song that begs to be chanted by a crowd.

The track is stripped back, without all the clever layers of synthesized recordings, and it’s all the better for it. It’s almost acoustic, and the melody pulls you along with it, it doesn’t drown you in layers of sound. ‘Four Walls’ is a track that allows you space to breathe. The video continues this theme, simply showing the band playing in an empty basement room. The whole package is brilliant in its simplicity, and it doesn’t need dressing up to make it attractive. Crowns are the pretty girl next door, the one you’ve known all your life, the one you can’t help but fall in love with.

I can’t imagine this band ever fading into oblivion. The more you listen to this, the more you’ll love it. It’s hardly a surprise that they ran out of merchandise; this is one fandom you’ll want to be a part of. And you’ll want everyone else to know it too.

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