Back in 2009, Seattle’s post-hardcore outfit These Arms Are Snakes put the kibosh on their seven-year run. In the aftermath, vocalist Steve Snere was looking for a different musical enterprise. “I needed a change of pace… to take myself out of the guitar-based rock world, he explains. Joining forces with programmer Bryce Brown and visual artist Nick Bartoletti, the trio formed Crypts, setting out to “experiment to find a sound we wanted to hear.” The dark electronic sound the three mad scientist concocted will be revealed to the world with the September 4th release of their self-titled debut via Sargent House.
As an early taste of what these boys from the Emerald City have in store, take a listen to “Territories”. Pulsating synths ripple over an eerie haze, while pounding subsonic bass keeps the rhythm for choppy, syncopated snare snaps and skittering claps. It’s a foreboding yet enticing mix, like the mist beckoning a horror film’s hapless heroine into the forest. The clearing in the forest here is the chorus, a barrage of gloom-pop color with Snere’s voice howling out as the synths swell and burst. Check it out below.
For the band’s full effect, catch them on tour, where Bartoletti’s role gets fully realized as he creates a live video and light show to sync with the band’s music. As previously reported, they’re heading out on the road with Chelsea Wolfe in September. See those dates underneath the Crypts tracklist ahead.