A quartet based out of Manchester, crush describe their sound as heady and hypnotic. Their music glances back to the shoegaze behemoths of the 1990s while adding a modern flair reminiscent of contemporaries like Soot Sprite or Life Model.
The band formed in 2018 while studying at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute and have been building a name for themselves ever since with a series of increasingly well-received singles, with the jangling flourish of recent offerings “So Strange” and “Chewed” giving a tantalising glimpse of where their music is headed next. Having already shared stages with the likes of NewDad and bdrmm, their live show promises to be one not to be missed.
Formed in London one week prior to lockdown, Bastien spent much of their first year writing remotely – swapping demos and finding common influences. Blending elements of new wave, soft rock, psych and jangle pop, the five-piece are gearing up to release their first single “Empty House” in March, while establishing their presence on the London circuit.