Revered for the use of reverb-laden guitar work, creative synth structures, and dynamic vocals akin to the style of many shades of 80’s pop revenants, is, Creux Lies. This alternative/post-punk/new romantic-esq project hails from the enigmatic city known as Sacramento, California. Stemming from the band formerly known as NMBRSTTN, singer Ean Clevenger, guitarist Barry Crider, synth/electronics David Wright, and bassist Kyle Vorst have focused their creative vision toward a new path of electro-drenched melancholy sonic stylings.
In late 2017, Creux Lies completed their first full-length recorded at the creative fantasy-land known as Earthtone Studios. The album, tracked under the innovative care of producer/engineer extraordinaire Patrick Hills (King Woman, Tera Melos, So Stressed), was a cumulative leap forward in aural design. This session produced a few ancillary track opportunities for 2018. Their initial single and video, “Zone,” was self-released in January to fanfare and commotion (notably highlighted on one of Creux Lies’ favorite music zines, Post-Punk.com); as well as being added to several of the most notable genre-relevant playlists and radio broadcasts throughout the world.
Sharing stages with a roster of notable acts such as AFI, Drab Majesty, Soft Kill, VOWWS, Clan of Xymox, Second Still, Wax Idols, Actors, Choir Boy, etc. has spurred Creux Lies to exhibit their own unique headlining performance antics. This year has been quite an ascent of victories for the band, as in May, they penned a deal with longstanding label Cleopatra Records. This new alliance has coalesced in the release of their first full-length titled, "The Hearth," on August 17, 2018.
Nominated as one of top 10 “Best Releases of 2018” albums of 2018 by Post-punk.com
August 17, 2018 - Released, “The Hearth, “ Full-Length on Cleopatra Records which has remained in the top 10 sales for post-punk cd / digital for 10 weeks and continued on Bandcamp.com
Featured as one of @subsectla’s Top Post Punk albums of 2018, with other notables as Interpol, Ash Code, and Soft Kill.
#1 Listener nominated track, “Portals,” on 98.5 KRXQ FM for multiple weeks in a row on local licks segment
Featured in Brooklyn, NY’s “Dark Dance Radio’s” best TOP 5 artists of 2018 along Holygram, Soft Kill, etc.
Upcoming Tour Dates
3/21 Reno, NV - W/ Actors - Holland Project
3/22 Sacramento - W/ Actors & Bootblacks
3/23 Oakland - W/ Actors & Bootblacks - Elbo Room
3/24 San Diego - W/ Actors & Bootblacks - Space
3/23 Los Angeles - W/ Actors & Bootblacks - Part Time Punks
6/09 Leipzig, German - Wave Gotik Treffen
6/10 Western Europe TBA
6/11 Nuremberg, Germany - Projekt 31
6/12 Cologne, Germany - Tsunami Club
6/13 Copenhagen, Denmark - Råhuset
6/14 Berlin, Germany - Slaughterhouse Berlin
6/15 Worclaw, Poland - Bat Cave Productions
7/27 Terminus Fest - Calgary, Canada - W/ Covenant, Health, Pictureplane, …
10/6 Absolution Fest - Tampa, FL - W/ Actors, Assemblage 23, Ritual Howls, …
Creux Lies Recent Past Live Dates
9/23 – Los Angeles w/ Glaare/Gene Loves Jezebel
9/28 – Sacramento w/ Actors
9/29 – Oakland w/ 13th Sky
10/12 – Nevada City (CA)
10/13 – Reno (NV)
10/25 – Portland (OR)
10/26 – Vancouver (BC) w/ Actors
10/27 – Seattle (WA)
"I didn’t hesitate in buying one of everything from their merch booth...Really, though, every track on The Hearth sounds like a hit. Creux Lies’ unique blend of dancey post-punk and sophisticated darkwave truly comes full force on this album. Listen to it and fall in love! "
"Sacramento post-punk darlings Creux Lies are making a strong debut, following up their introductory single “Zone” with their new song “Portals”, the first track to be shared from their upcoming debut LP The Hearth.
Capturing echoes of several classic post-punk bands from the 80s, while maintaining the song is spellbinding dream pop—featuring galloping guitars and basslines underlaid with breath like keys that hit the senses like a cold wind during a morning slumber."
“what we have here in The Hearth is a release – a debut, no less – that rivals Soft Kill’s luminous Savior and ACTORS’ absurdly boisterous It Will Come For You for album-of-the-year honors in the vaunted sonorous post-punk category. At the very least we have to believe that very few records in that or any other genre, in this or any other year, will better define the phrase ‘Off to a stunningly good start.”
STEREO EMBERS MAGAZINE
"really damn good! Check out the video for “Zone” below and get pumped ....we can’t wait to hear what else is in store for Creux Lies in 2018."