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Dayton, Ohio’s Cricketbows have just released an inspired EP of new material this fall.
Produced by Buffalo Killers' Zachary Gabbard, this six-track effort, entitled Communion, is the band’s first release since their 2015 debut album, Diamonds (produced by Grammy Award recipient Brian Olive).
“We wanted to showcase our songwriting and our voices and our playing on this one,” said Chad Wells, the band’s founder. The band is often categorized as a psychedelic band and though that subgenre of rock is an ingredient in Cricketbows’ musical recipe. Communion finds the band climbing out of the psych tunnel and into a more refined style of rural indie rock that borrows equally from '60s and '70s inspirations like The Beatles, The Byrds, Little Feat, The Allman Brothers Band, Fleetwood Mac and Grateful Dead, as well as '80s and '90s college radio and indie stalwarts like R.E.M., The Replacements, X, Uncle Tupelo and Lollapalooza generation giants like Jane's Addiction, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and the band’s hometown heroes, Guided By Voices and The Breeders. “We’re all over 30 years old - some of us are over 40 - and we grew up in a time that had so much great music. These songs are mostly about childhood and reflecting on stuff that happened to us in the '70s, '80s and '90s, so the music should be a reflection of that,” said Wells. “The goal here is timelessness, so we’ve stripped the band back to basics and recorded straight to tape in the top of an old barn in rural Ohio.”


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