Chrome Cranks Return w/New LP!


First new recordings
since 1997.


NYC scum-rockers the Chrome Cranks terrorized the alterna-world
during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s but eventually burned out, only to get back
together more than a decade later in 2009. It’s been a wait, but now Ain’t No Lies in Blood, the first album
of new Chrome Cranks material since 1997, will be released on Feb. 28 via Thick Syrup
Records (CD) and Bang! Records (LP).


In these chokingly bleak, post-ironic times there simply
aren’t any other acts out there like the Cranks, who play unapologetically
confrontational, utterly incendiary rock ‘n’ roll like they mean it with every
poisoned pore. Like few bands before or since, the foursome – singer/guitarist
Peter Aaron, guitarist William G. Weber, drummer Bob Bert, and bassist Jerry
Teel – simultaneously embraces and destroys rock’s very traditions.


Cut and mixed in three blistering days with producer Kevin
McMahon (Walkmen, Swans, Titus Andronicus) in Upstate New York, Ain’t No Lies in Blood is the eighth
album in the Cranks’ nearly 25-year history – and their hardest, noisiest,
heaviest, and nastiest by far. In keeping with the band’s earlier oeuvre, it’s
another swirling hell of dark, raw, distorted blues-based squalls; hypnotic,
labyrinthine detours through primordial swampland; and searing flashes of deep,
torchy drama. This release, however, strips the outfit’s minimal, no-bullshit
M.O. even farther down, to its most savage and primal essence. There’s the
locomotive, open-wounded wail of “I’m Trash,” which flattens all in its path
and hints at early ’80s hardcore angst, and “Rubber Rat,” a screaming, stomping
mess of bony, cartilage-cracking fists. Three radically remade covers include
an epic trawl through the Byrds’ “Lover of the Bayou,” and of course the
Cranks’ trademark murky ‘n’ moody side is present in all its black, jagged glory:
Check the swaggering decadence of “Let it Ring” and “Star to Star.”


“[The Chrome Cranks] had me screaming with joy,” says
Swans/Angels of Light front man Michael Gira, who witnessed the reunited band’s
return show in 2009 and later drew the demonic cover art for Ain’t No Lies in Blood. “I almost threw
my beer at them, I was so happy.”



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