By Nick Manduley

October 20, 2021

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Atlanta, GA-based alternative rockers SPURGE have released a music video for “57,” the third track from their newest EP Crown. The Daniel Medina-directed video captures the band navigating quarantined life during the pandemic. Crown, recorded during lockdown, offers an eclectic blend of jazz and metal guitar stylings against gospel drumming and jazz bass.

Crown gets an ethereal start with the intro to “NC Flow,” which shifts into gear with grooving bass, luscious keys and immaculate rhymes. “Neumatic Weiner Tube” offers a gorgeous instrumental composition before the biting riffs and sublime vocals of “57” take center stage.

“’57’ is a song about whether or not we have any control over our fate,” the band states in an official press release. “Inspired by COVID keeping the band stuck in their homes for about a year, it comes from a feeling of slowly losing our grips and becoming somewhat numb.” Bassist Jen Hodges reported seeing the number 57 in various places for approximately 6 months prior to writing the single. Initially viewing it as a sign of bad things to come, she ultimately decided to work out her superstitions through songwriting with the goal of training her mind to view the number as a good omen.

Crown enters its second half with the moving instrumental “A Skunk in Possum’s Clothing,” before the sublime, catchy “Furud” crashes the party with screaming guitars, soaring vocals, and devastating riffage. Hodges’ virtuosic bass playing, though constant throughout the EP, gets an especially wondrous spotlight in the closing track “Traveling,” against the gentle harmonics of an acoustic guitar and a thumping cajon.

Crown is currently available on all streaming services, and fans can view the “57” video via YouTube.


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Nick Manduley is an aspiring music journalist and musician from Bradley Beach, NJ. He is currently an intern at Relix Magazine where he helps produce and curate online content. Since 2016, he has provided guitars and vocals for the local punk band Drive, Kid. Drive, Kid released an EP and a full-length album in 2018, and are currently recording their sophomore LP.

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