The Rock City archives: 2013

Deathcrush, Rock City Basement

  • Thursday 10th October 2013

Confirmed in the basement, as part of Tuned

With a flexi disc double poster magazine release Deathcrush set the standard for their forthcoming series of singles. In the words of The Quietus their debut “could certainly teach the pensioners a thing or two: ‘Lesson #13’ (...) oozes the kind of seductive, filthy, primitive sex appeal that makes one feel as ashamed as a man should at a peep show”

The follow up is Skool's In 12" -­‐ a vinyl maxi single including two new tracks. The B-­‐side features Lesson 13, this time on un-­‐flexible vinyl for your listening pleasure and a James Njie remix (Mau5trap, UK/NO) of the same track.

12" maxi-­single:

A “Lesson #3 for Gina Kikoine / You Now” AA “Lesson #4 for Wharton Tiers / Strauss” B “Lesson #13 for Nanker Phelge / Fire”

BB “Fire remix” by James Njie

Surfing the word of mouth wave, no tracks released -­‐-­‐ Deathcrush played more shows in native Norway than the tiny country usually allows for, and visited ten countries -­‐-­‐ to great acclaim from publications and websites like Le Monde (FR), The Stool Pigeon (UK), MTV (EU), NME (UK), Drowned in Sound (UK), Eno (NO), ClashMusic (UK), Mojo4music (UK), The Quietus (UK), Album Rock (FR), Hit Music Magazine (CHN), Metal Hammer (NO), Dagsavisen (NO), Dagbladet (NO), VG (NO) and NRK Lydverket (NO).

Now, after managing to shake their severe saying-­‐yes syndrome (you don't turn down Roskilde. Or Iceland Airwaves. Or Way Out West. Or a personal invitation from Trentemøller. Or when Sleigh Bells open up their nightliner door to Europe. Or trashy apartment gigs. Or SXSW. Oh wait, that last one they did. Twice. For practical reasons), Deathcrush have finally gotten their "pelvic noise sludge" on tape.


After recording with Billy Anderson (Swans, Melvins, Mr. Bungle) and Jørgen Træen (Datarock, Annie, Sondre Lerche) more songs for their much anticipated series of singles are now in the mixing hands of the band's own Linn Nystadnes. Deathcrush goes straight for the top shelf of pop cultural references, recklessly combining their Norse pillage and rape heritage with what the widely acclaimed John Robb describes as a "stunning and effective dissemination of the New York sassy cool trash aesthetic into a new century and with their own vital slant". This pick n' mix attitude has made them just as natural as an opening act for Battles as Melt-­‐Banana or Vivian Girls.