Cross Wires – Your History Defaced – EP Review

Cross Wires – from England released their five track EP Your History Defaced on the 8th.

Cross Wires - Your History Defaced - artwork

Cross Wires – Your History Defaced – artwork

Cross Wires continue to accommodate those who don’t get to  opportunity to see them live, with their second EP this year.


Opening with Modern Art – which finds the band subtly shifting tempo though the track, which gives it an impressive engagement to it. Given that this is a piece in which the framework is well spaced and slower than much of what has come before it is a smart choice for the opener, finding the quartet in a surprising place.

Next up is Shades Of Dark And Blue – which has a ska / mod temperament which can’t help but leave your body joining in with the activity. This a track which has the hallmarks of what I first recall on coming across Cross Wires last year, a short song – a shade under three minutes – with much going on inside its brevity and an immediate need to hit replay.

Following is the delightful Tab Clear – which is even briefer and a piece I particularly enjoy as the band condense everything inside measured pace, which packs a punch – they even manage to split the song in two. I am minded of evaporated milk – and the reason I enjoy the music by the quartet so much. Everything is there and for its very concentration extracts the vital ingredients and flavour in full, without any need to be anything other than what it is.

To counter-balance – a song that extends to over four minutes follows and is my pick of Your History Defaced – Last Stand. This finds Cross Wires demonstrating their versatility and compositional abilities and is my pick of the release due to the fact that it finds the out-fit demonstrating something new, without loosing the essence of who they are. If this song doesn’t find them gaining considerable ground and visibility – it is yet another indictment of the music industry – not their abilities.

Concluding with Vultures which was showcased last month – when Your History Defaced was still an un-named EP.

In addition to the sheer effervescence of the music, it is the speed of release that impresses me. Recorded this summer and out in September – there are many bands who I trip over that finally release something that was recorded as a concept a year earlier and as you know, patience is not a virtue of mine.

I hope this does well for Cross Wires as the EP is well structured with a range of ideas that showcases the collective talent, affording common ground for those who are used to brief songs, whilst clearing exposing their abilities to play far longer pieces and still retain an engaged audience.

Your History Defaced is available on bandcamp.

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