Love Crushed Velvet

Love Crushed Velvet

 New York City, New York, USA
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Love Crushed Velvet plays original rock/pop music with New Wave and postpunk influences. The song arrangements are decadently layered, with edgy lyrics. Modern, yet retro. Retro, yet modern.

Biography

New York is about excess. Opulence. Skyscrapers. Celebrities on the sidewalk. The wattage of Times Square at night. Grit underground. Subways trains stopping--if you’re fast enough to catch them.

Fashion, parties, ten-hour workdays, do it all again tomorrow.

Love Crushed Velvet is from New York.

From the anthemic choruses of “Letter” and “Goodbye Goldblatt” to the glam-rock bounce of “Burning Embers”, the sound of Love Crushed Velvet is the mirror’s reflection of the adult amusement park that is New York City--the band’s backyard. While parodying our fame-obsessed culture (“Famous”), the band doesn’t shy away from indulging in its excesses: The title track, with its lust-driven lyrics, drips with decadence. Similarly, lead singer A.L.X. pokes fun at bad-boy personas in the mockabilly “Problem Child”—but also makes no apologies for enjoying his own such tendencies (“Puttin’ on a Weapon”).

Mixer Dave Bascombe has adorned LCV’s debut album with dense layers of sound, resulting in a rich, bold texture of endless sonic depth. With a crisp backbeat, virtuoso guitar work and hooks as addictive as rock candy, Love Crushed Velvet throws a muscular punch into the idea that rock is always supposed to be serious.

We think it’s just seriously fun.

“Future superstars: The best band we’ve ever heard with the word ‘velvet’ in the name…rock n’ roll with a trimmed and polished edge”—Black Velvet Magazine

“One of the best albums we’ve received all year—worthy of endless radio airplay”—Steel 93 Radio

“Pure, throaty, blood-pumping stuff to get the masses moving. For rock fans looking for something that’s at once familiar yet fresh”—MuzikReviews

“Love Crushed Velvet are on their way to something special!”—My Global Mind

Lyrics

Letter

Written By: A.L.X.

Inside
Sinners running
Found a place to run scared
Buried in a rhythm lost and faceless
Red lights, dusty forehead
Screaming in my mind

Indian eyes

I write a letter and send it
On a runway, fly to Mexico
I write a letter and send it
On a runway, fly to Mexico

Wanted, pictures posted, online service
Resurrected, rusted, useless
Try to stay, try to stay alive
Screamin’ in my mind

Indian eyes

I write a letter and send it
On a runway, fly to Mexico
I write a letter and send it
On a runway, fly to Mexico
I write a letter and send it
On a runway, fly to Mexico
I write a letter surrender, surrender

I write a letter and send it
On a runway, fly to Mexico
I write a letter and send it
On a runway, fly to Mexico
I write a letter and send it
On a runway, fly to Mexico
I write a letter surrender, surrender

Goodbye Goldblatt

Written By: A.L.X.

Good bye Goldblatt
Movie star in a photograph
No way to reach her
Try anyway
She don’t talk back
Can’t make a picture laugh
Look in all directions
She’s everywhere
Even if it hurts you
Vice and pride and virtue
Pumping your obsession
You don’t care

Dancin’ like a stray cat
In Vanity Fair under a looking glass
You try to touch her
But touch yourself
You had to step down, get your freedom back
Turn around off a one-way track
You don’t seem to understand

Even if it hurts you
Vice and pride and virtue
Pump up your obsessions
But you don’t care
She’s the one you’re searching for
Seems like a distant shore
You’re reaching for it
Baby you’d love, baby you’d love to take her
Where camera lights aren’t flashing
Where the nights aren’t blasting
O-o-oh

Good bye Goldblatt
Bedroom eyes in a photograph
No way to tempt her
Try anyway
They’re gonna beat you brother
Beat you brother
Beat you
Oh yeah!
Beat you brother
Beat you brother
Beat you
Oh yeah!
Even if it hurts you
Vice and pride and virtue
Pump up your obsessions
But you don’t care
She’s the one you’re searching for
Seems like a distant shore
You’re reaching for it

Heatwave

Written By: A.L.X.

I’ve become a stranger kicking in my door
Losing all connections cuts me to my core
I am not a maniac, call me amnesiac
Couldn’t find the records
What happened in the war?

Ravaged by the hunger, thinking that I’ll starve
(waiting and waiting and waiting)
I don’t see no answer written in the stars
(waiting and waiting and waiting)

Drivin’ in a heat wave, blazin’ desert night
Restless, risking of my life
Helpless can’t get back to who I was

I don’t have a choice
Crying out to anyone
Cannot hear my voice

Something always crashes when we go to war
(waiting and waiting and waiting)
Scattering the ashes
Fallen on the floor
(waiting and waiting and waiting)

Drivin’ in a heat wave, blazin’ desert night
Restless, risking of my life
Helpless can’t get back to who I was
Fire in a heat wave,
Violence in a heat wave
Dyin’ in a heat wave, baby
Back to who I was

Oooh baby …….won’t you take me home?
Oooh baby…….standin’ all alone

Show me all your money, tell me that I’m poor
(waiting and waiting and waiting)
Vote me off the island to that fatal shore
(waiting and waiting and waiting)

I be drivin’ in a heat wave
I be drivin’ in a heat wave
I be drivin’ in a heat wave, baby
Back to who I was
I be drivin’ in a heat wave
I be drivin’ in a heat wave
I be drivin’ in a heat wave, baby
Back to who I was

Burning Embers

Written By: A.L.X.

I think I’m alive, ain’t feeling it
Tongue-tied, don’t want you to know
Watch the daytime turn to night
Don’t know why things ain’t right
Pull the plug and kill the lights
Sleeping ain’t easy
How could you know?

Burning embers, still remember
What it was like to be low
Burning embers, late September
Hate so much to let it go

Miss the lines you’re feeding me
Jackknife deep in my bones
Not too old to feel the hurt
Not the first, not the worst
Watch the pages as they turn
Feelin’ the loss around me
I’m breakin’

Burning embers, still remember
What it was like to be low
Burning embers, late September
Hate so much to let it go

No, don’t be scared
Don’t freak out you’re needed
Freak out I won’t let go
Don’t beware
I want to be the one that’s gonna make it

Search the sky for signs of life
Pour it on and twist the knife
Leaving blinded by the lights
This is my delusion, this is my confusion

Burning embers, still remember
What it was like to be low
Burning embers, late September
Hate so much to let it go
Burning embers, still remember
What it was like to be low
Burning embers, late September
Hate so much to let it go
But no
Don’t let go

Love Crushed Velvet

Written By: A.L.X.

Every night I’m chasing
Every night I’m wasting time
Feeding hunger for the worst kind of passion
Life without a feeling
Life without a meaning
Tragically turning in the wrong direction

My illusion
Keeps me holdin’ on

I’m blown up like an atom bomb
Lookin’ for a love crush
Love-crushed velvet
I don’t belong here
Lookin’ for a love crush
Love-crushed velvet

Rape your reputation
Life with complication
Cast its spell around the confusion
Faceless human nature
Faithless is your savior
Endlessly choosing heat over reason

I gotta slow down
Before I lose my ground

I’m blown up like an atom bomb
Lookin’ for a love crush
Love-crushed velvet
I don’t belong here
Lookin’ for a love crush
Love-crushed velvet
It must be wrong
Help me be strong
I’m blown up like an atom bomb
Lookin’ for a love crush

It’s lonely in the night when I’m naked
It’s only black and white cuz I’m reckless
Show me what it’s like to beg for mercy
Love crushed velvet, I’ve got fever on my mind

I gotta slow down
Before I lose my ground

I’m blown up like an atom bomb
Lookin’ for a love crush
Love-crushed velvet
I don’t belong here
Lookin’ for a love crush
Love-crushed velvet
It must be wrong
Help me be strong
I’m blown up like an atom bomb
Lookin’ for a love crush
Love crushed velvet
Lookin’ for a love crush
Lookin’ for a love crush
Lookin’ for a love crush

Discography

Love Crushed Velvet's self-titled debut album was released in mid-2011 to strong reviews. The first single is called--of course!--"Love Crushed Velvet" (see the video section of our EPK for the official music video).