Single: Book/Spirit – Crumb

“Book/Spirit is a five-piece Brooklyn based outfit that combines seemingly irreconcilable elements – straightforward rock riffs and atmospheric jam sections, catchy melodies with heavily distorted guitars – to create a sonically lush oeuvre. Book/Spirit traces their origins back to 2018 in Williamsburg, when ad-hoc jam sessions between friends created the foundation to build something dynamic and beautiful together. Drawing upon influences from indie, 90’s college & alternative rock, shoegaze, and noise rock, the band’s line-up features three guitarists who make heavy use of effects pedals (two of whom share lead vocal duties) and is anchored by bass and drums. “

“Crumb” was one of the first riffs Book/Spirit jammed on, and it evolved as it became a staple in the band’s live set. It features a hypnotic riff that has distinct desert rock vibes combined with heavy, wall-of-sound shoegaze guitars. Both of the band’s lead vocalists, Michael Susa and Pete Ferrari, trade off verses and choruses about isolation and burnout, which is complemented by their lyrically sparse approach. When the time came to record “Crumb” in the studio at GB’s Juke Joint in Long Island City, the band experimented and introduced new elements under the guidance of producer and engineer Colin Mohnacs. Ferrari recalls, “We were trying to come up with ways to introduce some variety into the 2nd verse, so I tapped into my hardcore and post-hardcore influences and added some screams, which was a lot of fun. I think Mike’s smooth delivery of “it’s all right” vs. my screamed vocal is actually representative of how we all try to self-sooth with positive, calming self-talk even though it may feel way differently in our heads”.

It brings me immense joy when a musical group crafts a well-written press release, as it saves me the trouble of having to come up with convoluted phrases to feign a deep understanding of music. In most cases, I am simply moved by emotion and have no words. However, I must confess that I am particularly moved by shoegaze, especially when it’s played with such finesse as this band has done. Their music is characterized by an energetic and vibrant sound, complete with captivating guitar riffs and a slightly hazy vocal style. It’s an impeccable combination that speaks to me on many levels. I’m surprised that I hadn’t heard of this band earlier, but I’m excited to start following them from now on.

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