Formed in 2014, Crux are four friends from the North East who have played across a number of Newcastle’s most popular venues, including a headline slot at the O2 academy second stage in 2016.
Listening to Crux, you can hear their deep but varied influences: they are all influenced by Muse primarily, and Max’s vocal style draws heavily on a Matt Bellamy/Thom Yorke/Jeff Buckley synthesis. Jake’s rapid fingerstyle guitar playing is straight out of Dire Straits, Hallam’s bass chops trace back to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Elliot’s obsession with Rush is always creeping into his drumming. Massive riffs, classical piano, slap bass and political rhetoric come together in Crux’s sound.
Their latest single ‘Bigg Market’ is both a celebration and exasperation of Newcastle’s infamous strip of clubs, bars and takeaways. In the song, the rituals of a night out supersede a current need for political engagement and the necessity to lift the north out of an economic slump.
‘Bigg Market’ is out now on all music streaming and downloadable services.