crushed sign to Ghostly International

crushed announces that they have signed with Ghostly International. along with the news, the duo reveal the first vinyl pressing of extra life
crushed photo by Corinne Schiavone

crushed announces that they have signed with Ghostly International. along with the news, the duo reveal the first vinyl pressing of their 2023 debut EP extra life, set for release on March 15th. The extra life reissue will include two new remixes of tracks from the debut EP, the Real Lies remix of “waterlily” and the DJ Python remix of “milksugar” crushed will be performing a string of four North American shows this March and April, with performances in New York City, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Montreal, before the duo head to the United Kingdom for Outbreak Festival in June.

Speaking about their new label and extra life remixes, crushed shares, “We’re so thrilled to be partnering with Ghostly to bring our debut EP to vinyl. As long-time fans of the label we couldn’t have asked for a better team and can’t wait for all that’s to come. We wanted to ask some of our favorite artists right now to remix tracks from ‘extra life’ for the physical release, and DJ Python and Real Lies absolutely smashed it. We’re huge fans of both artists and to hear these songs reimagined from their perspectives has been such a cool and special thing.”

A love letter to ‘90s radio, extra life is the first collaboration from musicians Bre Morell and Shaun Durkan and finds them tuning a shared taste for maximalist dream pop. Open-hearted hooks and melodic riffs move through a haze of breakbeats, spliced sound design, and distortion. Faithful yet fluid in its channeling of golden age alt-rock, Britpop, trip-hop, and electronica, there’s a refreshing freedom to the sound, which quickly resonated with fans and critics upon initial release.

The story of crushed is written across midnight transmissions. In the early 2010s, Morell, who fronts the band Temple of Angels (Run For Cover Records), hosted a graveyard shift college radio show and used to play music from Durkan’s former band Weekend (Slumberland Records). In 2020, Durkan, having focused on production work (Tamaryn, Young Prisms) following Weekend’s run as a formidable shoegaze act, hosted a late-night program on a community radio station in San Francisco. Driving one day, he heard Temple of Angels by chance and was immediately drawn to Morell’s voice. He added a song that night to his on-air tracklist. Morell saw it and reached out to thank him and point to that connection made a decade earlier.

The exchange sparked a long-distance project. First, they filled an audible moodboard with ‘90s classics from the likes of Natalie Imbruglia, Sneaker Pimps, and The Sundays. Songs that transported them back to places of comfort and discovery; Morell’s memories of a metallic, lavender boombox that dispatched past sounds from a world beyond her Houston suburbia, and Durkan, in his mom’s car on the way to band practice. These touchpoints provided a palette for crushed to experiment without expectations, purely for the fun of it.

extra life EP
Ghostly International

1. waterlilly
2. coil
3. milksugar
4. bedside
5. respawn
6. lorica
7. milksugar (DJ Python remix)
8. waterlily (Real Lies remix)

Crushed 2024 Tour Dates

3/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ TV Eye
3/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s Lounge
4/01 – Toronto, ON @ Monarch Tavern
4/02 – Montreal, QB @ L’Esco
6/28 – 6/30 – Manchester, UK @ Outbreak Festival

Pre-order the extra life EP by Crushed HERE


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