21 Juillet 2021
From CANADA •
Post-punk outfit Creux Lies have announced that they will release their second full-length album 'Goodbye Divine' via Freakwave, a Berlin-based label that is part of the Schubert Music Europe group. Nearly a year in the making, fans can expect both arrivals and departures from what they may be expecting, as the band offers a complete range of emotions throughout this collection.
Their new album is preceded by the lead single 'Misunderstanding' - a dark, sexy, danceable track that demonstrates how the band became so beloved on the post-punk and cold wave scenes in just a short time.
Hailing from Sacramento, California, Creux Lies is Ean Clevenger (vocals, programming), Barry Crider (guitars, vocals), Kyle Vorst (bass), and David Wright (synth, drum programming), praised for their reverb-laden guitar work, creative synth structures, and dynamic vocals recalling the best from 80’s-early 90’s dark pop and post-punk.
"Misunderstanding emerged from part of this strange writing session/coping moment during the world shut down, awakened with this "whoa oh, oh oh" in my head from a dream and went to the computer just after dawn. As with many tracks on this latest album, my tentative register was landing a bit lower from trying to sing it out in the early morning hours. So, the profound moody thing resonated, and the song unfolded around my fingers on the synths," says Ean Clevenger.
"The Creux added some great additions during production and elevated this song to what it is today. Ironically, the lyrics and message behind the track illuminate a moment of clarity when the misunderstanding of a perspective actually reveals itself as absolute authenticity."
Their 2018 debut album 'The Hearth' (produced by Patrick Hills, recorded at Earthtone Studios and released via Cleopatra Records with 3 sold-out vinyl pressings) made quite a big impact on the international post-punk and cold wave scene, putting the four-piece on a trajectory that ultimately led to signing with Freakwave.
Apart from successful tours in North America and Europe, Creux Lies has shared the stage with the likes of The Soft Moon, Clan of Xymox, Drab Majesty, Soft Kill, Gene Loves Jezebel, ACTORS, Vowws and Twin Tribes, as well as performing at Absolution Fest, WGT, Murder of Crows NY and playing to a sold-out crowd at Wave-Gotik-Treffen in Leipzig.
Freakwave was formed in 2020 as part of a new international structure comprised of ten record labels established by Schubert Music Europe GmbH with international distribution by The Orchard. Focused on outstanding post-punk and cold wave artists, Freakwave offers a contemporary home with in-house connection to one of the world’s leading independent music publishers – Schubert Music Publishing. Headed by Eric Burton and Thomas Thyssen, Freakwave's holistic approach combines label, booking, promotion, publishing and management services.
As of July 23, 'Misunderstanding' will be available across streaming platforms like Spotify, as well as online stores such as Apple Music. The full 'Goodbye Divine' LP will be released on October 8.
"Creux Lies’ unique blend of dancey post-punk and sophisticated darkwave truly comes full force" ~ CLVT Nation
"Capturing echoes of several classic post-punk bands from the 80s, while maintaining the song is spellbinding dream pop—featuring galloping guitars and basslines underlaid with breath like keys that hit the senses like a cold wind during a morning slumber" ~ Post-Punk.com
“Rivals Soft Kill’s luminous Savior and ACTORS’ absurdly boisterous It Will Come For You for album-of-the-year honors in the vaunted sonorous post-punk category... Off to a stunningly good start” ~ Stereo Embers Magazine
"Really damn good!" ~ Submerge Magazine
23 July 2021
Ean Clevenger - Vocals, Programming
Barry Crider - Guitars, Vocals
Kyle Vorst - Bass
David Wright - Synth, Programming
Music by Creux Lies, lyrics by Ean Clevenger.
Final production, recording, mixing & mastering by Patrick Hills at Earthtone Studios, Sacramento, CA
Cover artwork by Alex Kanevsky
Field photos taken by Frank Nethercutt
Other photos by Creux Lies
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DIFFUSION July, 21, 2021