EP Review: Bay View – Crimson Star

“Bay View” is the awesome second EP from Crimson Star. It’s the perfect follow-up to their excellent 2016 debut EP “Driven”.

I’ve been following Crimson Star for a while now and have featured their songs as tracks of the day a couple of times. They have a wonderfully raw rock sound.

I love the cover art for the EP!

“Bay View” was released on the 19th of January 2018.

This is a 5-track offering that contains five solid tracks.

The opener, “The Pragmatist”, will be familiar to some of you as it was released as a single last year. It featured as Track of the Day here in November.

It’s an addictive track with a repetitive beat and catchy chorus. It has a raw rock groove that I’ve come to associate with this band. There’s a bluesy vibe in the lyrics. The guitar solo is very cool. It’s a great opener for the EP as it grabs your attention with the bold and intense guitars and rhythm.

Track 2 is “La Prom”. This song has an interesting intro that pulls you in. There’s an almost tribal beat on the drum in parts. It’s quite an introspective song with an angsty and grungy sound. “La Prom” is a song where the music tells the story as much as the lyrics. It’s similar to “The Pragmatist” in style, with a catchy chorus. Both tracks would go down well in a live setting, I think.

“Once” is the next song on the EP. This one starts off with a groovy rock intro and when the lyrics kick in it slows down only to pick up again. It’s a lyric-driven track with a catchy, memorable riff.

The interestingly-titled “Euthanise Me” is track 4. This song starts off slower than the preceding tracks but with the same trademark grunge rock sound. The chorus screams from the song with an anthemic quality. There’s a lot of passion behind the lyrics in this one.

“Gimme Some” closes the EP. It starts off with a great, catchy intro with a dancey vibe. It has a similar melody to the opening track and so nicely rounds off the EP, tying the tracks together. The lyrics are thought-provoking.

If you’re in the area, you can catch the EP launch gig tonight at The Giffard Arms, Wolverhampton. Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/565398473838341/

Stream/purchase the EP at the following links:

Spotify

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bay-view-ep/1318715394

Band’s website: https://www.crimsonstarrocks.com/store

Follow Crimson Star:

Website: http://www.crimsonstarrocks.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecrimsonstarmusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/crimsonstarrock

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crimson_star_rocks/

 

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