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Albums Of The Week: Crawlers | The Mess We Seem To Make

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “To become a great rock band, you often need to begin with a certain alchemy. There needs to be talent, determination, a solid friendship which can withstand the rigours of creative difference or public critique. But you also need a sizable dose of ambition, the kind of unapologetic belief that your voice is one which needs to be heard.

Such was already the case for Crawlers way back in 2018, when Amy Woodall, Liv May and Holly Minto were at uni together in Liverpool. Having formed in 2018, the band spent their first few formative years gigging around the Liverpool scene. Amy, Holly and Liv were already polishing their grunge-rock sound when they recruited drummer Harry Breen. Newly solidified as a four, their formidable live reputation has already encouraged the kind of organic fanbase that will help them become the U.K.’s next big crossover alternative act. Over the years, each new release has sealed Crawlers’ reputation as one of the U.K.’s most exciting young bands, with last years’ debut mixtape Loud Without Noise cementing their global status.

Photo by Claryn Chong.

Their debut album The Mess We Seem To Make, singer Minto says, “comes from us honing our craft, being vulnerable with each other, finding our sound and saying exactly what we wanted to. I think that’s a lot of what the Crawlers sound is, being honest with each other about how to get the correct emotions out — trying, failing, and pushing each other to keep playing and writing to the limits.”

True to their word The Mess You Seem To Make takes on a whole range of challenging topics: Trauma, sexual politics, mental health, the general goings on in a young person’s life. Across the record, feelings of loneliness, insecurity and toxic forms of dependence are held up to the light and examined in close context. It digs deeper into what fans already know and love about Crawlers’ eclectic alt-rock sound and builds on the relationship of trust they have with producer Pete Robertson and engineer Tom Roach at Liverpool’s Coastal Studios, crafting anthemic rock songs where each member’s playing personality can truly thrive. Rather than forcing themselves in any one sonic direction, they maintained the free-wheeling spirit of 2022’s mixtape Loud Without Noise, producing a striking debut which cements their status as the U.K.’s next big crossover alternative act.”