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Horn at Half Moon perfect platform to premiere Bouquet of Dead Crows’ LP

By Paul Winspear

Cambridge-based Bouquet of Dead Crows – whose members have links to Saffron Walden, Great Chesterford and Buntingford – bring their big riffs and melodic stylings to The Horn at the Half Moon this Saturday (December 8).

The show coincides with the release of the band’s second album, Motus Octo, recorded at The Parlour in Kettering shortly after the same studio was visited by Napalm Death.

Bouquet of Dead Crows formed in 2014, released their first album in 2015 and the latest record is the only music the band has brought out since the first LP, save for a standalone single.

Guitarist Neil Bruce says that it is well worth checking them out live as they often receive great reviews: “If you enjoy alternative rock music, or live music in general, you should come out.”

The band get all kinds of comparisons thrown at them, including 70s prog and 90s grunge.

“Some of our songs are quite poppy, so bands like Paramore are used as a reference point, as are Black Sabbath,” Neil explains.

“Our drummer listens to a lot of prog music – Porcupine Tree, stuff like that – whereas I grew up listening to 90s music such as Pearl Jam. So we have quite a few influences up our sleeve.”

Bouquet of Dead Crows Pic: Stuart Isteed Photography (5738675)
Bouquet of Dead Crows Pic: Stuart Isteed Photography (5738675)

The band comprises singer Toni Cooper, Neil on guitar, Graeme Clarke on bass and Andrew Coxall on drums and backing vocals.

Neil grew up near Great Chesterford and went to school in Saffron Walden, while Andrew hails from Buntingford and Toni from Newmarket.

The band have gigged a lot around Cambridge, including an album launch show at The Blue Moon, and have ventured further afield to Manchester and Newcastle.

“I played at the Half Moon years ago with another band and I always thought it was a really cool place,” Neil said.

“Since it got taken over and redeveloped, I thought it would be nice to approach the venue with this new album in mind. I sent over some tracks from our first album because we were still finishing off the second one, and the venue agreed to put us on. It’s going to be our last gig of the year, so should be a good one to go out on.”

Also appearing on the bill are local favourites Transparent Human Creatures, along with Second Bite and Lonnie Story. Tickets are £5 in advance and £7 on the door. For more information visit www.thehornbs.co.uk.

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