Monday, July 25, 2016

CD Review: Omnivore Recordings Reminds Us Of Velvet Crush's "Pre-Teen" Years

Rhode Island, indie-rock band Velvet Crush released their debut album in 1991 on Creation Records. They were signed based on the success of their cover of Teenage Fanclub's "Everything Flows," but it would be their second album "Teenage Symphonies To God" that would make American audiences stand up and take notice of the band. The Velvet Crush would break up and reform again before the end of the decade, creating four more albums until going on hiatus in 2004.
Their latest release titled "Pre-Teen Symphonies" gathers eight previously unreleased demos from their classic second album along with eight songs recorded live in 1994 at the Cabaret Metro in Chicago. Beginning with their hit single "Hold Me Up," this version is as good as the one officially released. The recordings are a little more raw on "My Blank Pages" and "Turn Down," which gives the song's a more spontaneous feel. The live songs show the power of the band with the songs "Window To The World" and "Atmosphere," before turning up the energy with the punk-like delivery of "This Life Is Killing Me." They close with a live version of "Hold Me Up" and a cover of 20/20's "Remember The Lightning." This new compilation was released on July 22nd through Omnivore Recordings. To find out more about Velvet Crush's "Pre-Teen Symphonies," please visit

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