Pet Crow
Take the Edge off

Label: No Sleep Records
Three similar bands: Better Off/Jail Socks/Charmer

Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. Limbo
2. Insomnia
4. What We Doin?
5. One Whole Summer
6. Controlling
7. Take the Edge Off
8. Hostage
9. Scars
10. Prick

Conor Wallis - Bass, Vocals
Sophie Prosay - Bass, Vocals
Dan Barradell - Drums, Vocals
Sean Kenny - Guitar, Vocals
Danielle Ross - Vocals

A Simple Guide to Small and Medium Pond Life (2017)

Sax on Scars by Chris Tree

Recorded and produced by Robbie and Rich at Snug, Derby
Mastered by Joe at Joe Caithness Mastering, Nottingham
Additional vocal processing by Ben at Soundgas LTD
Burning tree images by Margaret Kenny
Design and layout by Jim Cork

Released 2020-02-07
Reviewed 2020-02-26

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Not everyone has a pet crow flying around at home, but I guess the guys of the English band Pet Crow does, why else call oneself that? Guess I will never know. I do however know that the band Pet Crow gives us its second album called Take the Edge off and it is an album with lyrics about metal health issues like depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD and stuff like that – lyrics that have come from personal experience.

Stylishly they are described as garage pop post-punk with a yellow artwork. Female vocals, fairly pacey and relatively varied with decent depth. I think it lacks the darkness needed to give it a strong dynamic feel, I think it tends to appear a little bit flat despite fresh sound, good production and vocals.

A good release, the songs are good and the lyrical subjects are strong but the songs could have been stronger. There is room for much darkness, but they are only in the lyrics and not in the music. The album starts quite strongly but my interest fades the further into the album I get, and when I am close to the end I am not really paying attention anymore.

If you enjoy the garage stuff and the post-punk stuff, especially female fronted, there is a good chance that you will find this album agreeable. You should have a closer look at this album if your are one of those fans, I think it should have been more dynamic to make it more interesting but it works and it has some fresh angles so it is good that they do some fresher things even though it doesn’t fly to the highest levels.

Depressions will not be cured by listening to this album, but perhaps it helps slightly to know that it is a condition that is shared by many. It is cool and important that they look upon mental health issues as that is something that effects many here in this crazy world in which we live, it would have been even cooler if the album had some brilliant music as well.