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Exclusive Track Premiere: Crushed’s “Annoying” is Anything But

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Let’s just get it out of the way now: yes Crushed‘s music is absolutely… um… y’know… flattening. But they’re a hardcore band from New York City, so that’s a given, right?

Not such a given: the band’s special talent for creating aggressive music that provides emotional catharsis. The quintet considers their music to be “hardcore from an adult’s point of view,” with “lyrics that address fatherhood and addiction and aging,” and frontman Fred Miketa calls the band “proof that hardcore can save one man’s life twice.” That’s not just big talk — Crushed’s battle scars come through loud and clear in their music. In a world where hardcore has become besotted with breakdowns and bellyaching from young dudes who feel like they’ve spent their entire life inside a well protected fortress, that makes Crushed a big, deep breath of fresh air. They do their great NYC hardcore forefathers proud.

MetalSucks is stoked to debut Crushed’s new song, “Annoying,” below. It comes off their second EP, Deep User, which recorded and mixed by Ben Greenberg, one half of Brooklyn industrialized hardcore duo Uniform. The band band will self-release Deep User on April 14. Pre-order it here!!!

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