Out via Tough Love Records on 14th August comes a debut EP from Dublin / Belfast four-piece Cruising. The band, Benni Johnston, Claire Miskimmin, Neil Brogan and Sarah Grimes, formed in 2013 as a side project of members from Girls Names, September Girls, Sea Pinks and Logikparty and are named after William Friedkin’s gay exploitation shocker from 1980. They recorded the EP in a freezing railway arch studio in Dublin in January of this year, before having it mixed up at Belfast’s Start Together.
It begins with this driving bassline, before this echoey garage guitar line comes in, simple but effective and it draws you into the song. There’s something of the post-punk about the track, hinting (don’t they all) at the likes of Joy Division. Over the top, Benni’s vocals are agitated but almost minimal in delivery, but they almost eerily float over the top of everything.
Pre-order the single here – http://toughloverecords.bigcartel.com/product/tlv084-cruising-cruising-ep-pre-order-hot-pink-vinyl