"The sprawling orchestral style has been replaced by a cacophonous rock aesthetic, Lovier’s vocals possessing newfound grit and blunt immediacy, the atmosphere swirling in raucous noise, as though a bell jar has been placed over the band, their previously diffused sound forced to gather into thick black thunderheads." - Various Small Flames
Pared down from a swelling septet to a duo, Philadelphia’s all boy/all girl have returned to their original, concentrated form with the explosive Crisps EP, their first recorded output in over a year.
More direct than the group’s experimental Troubleshooting and Slagroom, Crisps pairs screaming, distorted guitars with hooks that stay in your head, without losing the subtle complexities of songwriting and unusual instrumentation that make all boy/all girl so unique.
With lyrics such as “how’s it gonna feel, when I try to make new friends, it doesn’t even make any sense to me”, founding members, Nicholas Rahn and Danielle Lovier, use insularity to create their loudest, most raucous record yet.