Cruel Drop New EP ‘Common Rituals’
Chicago band Cruel have dropped their debut EP, Common Rituals, along with a video for album track “Damage.” The track follows the lead single “Gutter,” and the recently-shared “Demeanor,” which was featured as Song of the Day by Northern Transmissions.
The four tracks on Common Rituals inject confident melodies into Chicago’s long tradition of fuzzed-out indie rock; intuitive riffs are nuzzled in each track, begging to be left on repeat. To help achieve their fully-formed sound, Cruel — vocalist/guitarist Michael Schrieber, bassist Jen Ashley, guitarist Jack Kelsey, and drummer Brent Favata — enlisted studio stalwarts Jack Henry (Friko, Free Range, Horsegirl) to record and mix, and Greg Obis (Stuck) to master. To celebrate the release of Common Rituals, Cruel will perform a hometown record release show at the Empty Bottle on Thursday, November 11th. Tickets are on sale now and available here.
Angel Tapes/Fire Talk Records
Angel Tapes is the new Chicago-based imprint of Fire Talk Records. With an emphasis on emergent talent, Angel Tapes offers a platform for developing artists to release music in good faith
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