Philadelphia is quickly becoming a hub of independent music. Bands like Hop Along and Swearin’ have become indie rock legends. It’s not just jangly guitars coming out of Philadelphia, however. Bands like Nothing, mewithoutYou, and A Sunny Day in Glasgow are releasing weirder, harsher, heavier music.
Philly’s own Crown of Pity is joining the ranks of some truly great shoegaze/noise bands from the Northeast. Despite the richness of their songs, Crown of Pity is just two people: Natalie Rakes and David Dutton. Together, they craft swirling, entrancing songs that are anthemic nods to bands like Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, and Slowdive.
Full of sonic madness and beautiful, noisy fury, Crown of Pity’s new single “Dirty Little Headaches” uses harsh snare hits and gritty guitar tones to create a dark, brooding atmosphere. Almost like a grainy home movie or a fuzzy photograph, the texture adds meaning and significance. It’s a gorgeous song, sure to enthrall lovers of heavy shoegaze and ambient tones.
Crown of Pity’s new record, Just, will be available May 3rd. For now, check out “Dirty Little Headaches” below.