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If bands like Interpol and the Killers have proved anything, it's that there's alternative-rock gold to be mined in the caverns of classic post-punk and new wave. In an era when punk rock has been co-opted and diluted into unrecognizable espresso shots of snotty pop-rock, where else is a teen outcast supposed to turn for an authentic soundtrack to his alienation? Appropriating the taut bass lines, somber vocals and subtly gloomy synthesizer fills of the early '80s is the new black.

To its credit, Atlanta's Slow Motion Crash isn't merely playing dress-up in the dark T-shirts of seminal acts like Joy Division or Mission of Burma. Its members have logged some serious time in the shadowy corners of this music, incorporating the anxious atmospherics into a sound that invites comparisons to other bands without slavishly imitating any of them. The spiky keyboard riff that laces through "5th and Incident," the insistent drums and dissonant guitar clash of "Trail of Tears," the quirky push and pull of "Mirrors & Conflict"—these moments nod to the joys of your older brother's crates of old Love and Rockets and Fugazi records while creating a melancholic tension that rings just as true in the here and now.

A few more injections of pop immediacy, like the Killers-style singalong that closes "Culprit Eyes" or the soaring instrumentation of "The Last Mistake," could mean the difference between college-radio attention and a shot at commercial airplay. But that's a minor quibble with an impressive debut from a band that does its forebears proud.
Kevin Forest Moreau -Sunday Paper (Atlanta) - Sunday Paper


The debut from Slow Motion Crash is a grainy snapshot of a band in a bilious transition between the Athens and Atlanta underground rock scenes of 20 years ago. Behind the cover is a rumbling noir-wave notebook of dark mysteries. Guitar and keyboard-addled riddles, echoing the quirky clang of Wall Of Voodoo, crash head-on into the cavernous abyss of " This Corrosion" -era Sisters Of Mercy. SMC emerged with a beguiling flourish from the scattered wreckage of the band Creve Coeur, with dual input from singer/songwriter and guitarists Brian Fisher and Ryan Holmes. Aided by Melissa Giorgio (bass), Emily Beard (keyboards) and Alec Irvin (drums), the outfit careens through nine scratchy, ominous visions. Their spiky guitars and throbbing basslines portend an irresistibly dour joy deficit that steers clear of goth posturing and heads straight to the hallowed stage of Atlanta's long-defunct 688 Club. Don't remember those days? Listen to this and you'll be transported there immediately.
-LEE VALENTINE SMITH - Georgia Music Magazine


“Slow Motion Crash, have channeled their love for ‘80s new wave/goth into a new hybrid that sounds totally relevant in 2007. These songs have catchy, sing-along choruses, and the band members are not afraid to whip out a synthesizer to get their point across, and good for them. Sounds that were at one time considered passe are now new again — and actually refreshing...tracks that make up this release are grandiose, proud songs that are performed with conviction and no sense of self-importance.”
-Jon Dawson, Performer Magazine - Performer Magazine


“These local boys and girls sure do play some gothically ethereal (or ethereally gothic?) shit. Joy Division and Interpol comparisons are inevitable. Thankfully, they do put their heart into it, resulting in some ass-shaking jams and dark lyrics that actually sound convincing.”
- Mark Sanders, Creative Loafing (Atlanta) - Creative Loafing


“Back to the shade again, just in time to catch Slow Motion Crash…no album, but my, oh my could they play...Another jaw dropping moment. Come north young lads, come north; I have just the venue in mind.”
-David Anjo (VoodooFest Reviewer), The 50th Year Project - The 50th Year Project


Discography

2007 -SLOW MOTION CRASH, "Self-titled"
track listing:
1. Faded Photographs
2. 5th and Incident
3. Trail of Tears
4. In October
5. Culprit Eyes
6. The Last Mistake
7. Mirrors & Conflict
8. Summer Rain
9. Wanton

2005 -"Vast and Danger", (under the band name "Creve Coeur")
track listing:
1. I Don't Love You Anymore...
2. On The Train
3. Radio Station Complication
4. Offset (Carelessly Jealous)
5. The Villain
6. Sweet Dreams Tied Hands
7. Getting Used To This

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"Behind the cover is a rumbling noir-wave notebook of dark mysteries."
-Lee Valentine Smith, Georgia Music Magazine

"Sounds that were at one time considered passe are now new again — and actually refreshing."
-Jon Dawson, Performer Magazine

"Incorporating the anxious atmospherics into a sound that invites comparisons to other bands without slavishly imitating any of them."
-Kevin Forest Moreau, Sunday Paper

"They do put their heart into it, resulting in some ass-shaking jams and dark lyrics that actually sound convincing."
-Mark Sanders, Creative Loafing (Atlanta)

"Back to the shade again, just in time to catch Slow Motion Crash…Another jaw dropping moment."
-David Anjo, (Voodoo Festival Reviewer)

"Stark and powerful...adding their own energy to create a unique and powerful sound."
-Will Mason, Performer Magazine

“One of the reasons you look out the window at night when you’re way up in the sky is the hope that you’ll catch a glimpse of some kind of celestial object that will be unfamiliar, a new molecule in an ocean of old. You know what the aisle looks like: that’s not what you want to see. This time, you catch that sensation of discovery. The propeller jams, the wings force a dip. The nose begins to dive. Fuel vapor in your face, your eyes water. You see it as it happens, but it seems stretched. This is slow motion crash.” - Richard Bataille

Made from the building blocks of Brian Fisher (vocals, guitar), Ryan Holmes (guitar, vocals), Melissa Giorgio (bass), Joshua Broughton (keys, vocals) and Jason Curtis (drums), Slow Motion Crash has combined serious song crafting sensibility with a quirky, eccentric indie feel. The band has created a bottom-heavy sound, featuring a precise layering of melodic and discordant guitar riffs punctuated by semi-electronic landscapes and dance-laden drums.

Slow Motion Crash’s self-titled record has been released to rave reviews in the cloistered Georgia music scene by publications including Georgia Music Magazine, Performer, and Creative Loafing. With its thought-provoking lyrics that grab and tease and meandering guitars that push and pull, the record has a sexy, claustrophobic sound that’s somehow simultaneously kinetic and languid. Combining elating highs and abysmal lows, the band has created a piece that inspires and jars from start to finish.

Slow Motion Crash’s live show is as impressive as their studio work. Merging a blood-pumping, energetic performance with such accessible songwriting has garnered the band a wide, multi-demographic following. Drawing as much from the dynamic alternative music audience as from the ultra-hip indie rock scene as from the depths of the goth horde, SMC’s pounding, stuttering rhythms have forcefully driven and sweetly persuaded star-eared concert goers from the Southeast to Midwestern US.

file under:
The Faint, Smashing Pumpkins, The Killers, Bloc Party, The Cure, Interpol, Garbage, Love And Rockets, Secret Machines, The Bravery

www.slowmotioncrash.com
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SLOW MOTION CRASH
P.O. Box 170068
Atlanta, GA 30317
band@slowmotioncrash.com
booking contact:
SMCbooking@gmail.com

ISP -Industrial Strength Promotions
(706) 255-6437
www.ISP-Music.com
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