After the release of their highly celebrated debut EP ‘No Vacancy Hotel’ back in February, which quickly amassed over 100,000 streams and saw support from the likes of Ones To Watch, HardBeat Magazine and Distorted Sound Mag, Bristol-based rock trio Krooked Tongue are back with their latest single ‘When The Beaches Bleed’.
Formed in 2019, Krooked Tongue released their celebrated debut single ‘I Wanna Steal Your Car’ the same year, which soon saw them embark on their first UK tour. With word of their frenetic live shows and brooding lyrical commentary spreading, interest in the band quickly grew, leading them to establish working relationships with the likes of ENTS 24 and Laney Amps.
2020 saw the cancellation of their second UK tour and the postponement of shows alongside the likes of Dinosaur Pile-Up and Turbowolf, as well as festival slots at Boardmasters and 2000 Trees. They instead spent their time honing in on a more refined studio sound with Josh Gallop of Phoxjaw at Stage 2 Studios in Bath, working to help replicate their formidable live act.
From these efforts comes When The Beaches Bleed, the darker and more outspoken cousin of Krooked Tongue’s debut EP. An encroaching storm, bordering on the horizon of piercing toplines and the thundering baritone of the abyss; the track encapsulates the absurd fragility of life, personified in this story amongst the realm of big wave surfing. When The Beaches Bleed draws parallels between the harsh unforgiving nature of mavericks and that of a soundtrack to fill your soul with confidence, as you stare death straight in the eye.
Speaking about the single, vocalist and lyricist Oli Rainsford says, “Beaches, to me, is the ultimate homage to something I’ve always been in awe of. Big wave surfing is next level crazy and it’s an art that carries with it, high risk. This song is a tip of the hat but also, I think, doubles as a notion to not be scared to take risks and also not to fear failure. It’s a cosmic ‘fuck you, try it again’ that we often need to be encouraged to carry out. Confidence is key.”
Alongside the single, the band continue to pay homage to big wave surfing in its accompanying music video. Set on a UK beach at dusk, the band employs smoke to symbolise the distress of drowning, coinciding with the track’s penultimate chaos which mirrors the chaotic nature of being swept in amongst the waves.