Derby four-piece garage pop band Pet Crow has been shortlisted in the inaugural ‘Her’cury Music Award, run by LOUD WOMEN.
The award is an alternative to the Mercury Music Prize and focuses on similar criteria to the mainstream award by shortlisting albums from British artists which were released between 30 July 2016 and 21 July 2017. In addition the ‘Her’cury doesn’t set rules about format, charge acts to enter and all artists are LOUD, all female-fronted or female-driven, or just plain all-female.
Alongside Pet Crow are eleven other albums from the last year including band’s who have drawn big Derby crowds Desperate Journalist and The Empty Page, as well as recent Indietracks indoor stage headliners The Tuts. The final 12 were taken from a long list of 30 bands and the winner will be announced on 14 September 2017.
Pet Crow, who formed in early 2016, released their debut A Simple Guide To Small And Medium Pond Life through Derby-based independent record label Reckless Yes in February 2017. It gained them coverage in the national music press as well as mainstream radio play and saw them support the likes of Menace Beach on tour. They’ve since gone on to record a single, cut at the iconic Abbey Road Studios, with Too Pure Singles Club and enjoy more critical and fan love from the likes of 6Music and The National Student.
Reckless Yes formed in January 2016 and have fast established themselves as a cult label in the independent scene with releases by Manchester post-punk trio LIINES and Derby band Unqualified Nurse Band, another band picked up by Too Pure following their release with Reckless Yes. The Derby-based label has also made a foray into book publishing with the release of Peter Darrington‘s debut novel Pentrich: England’s Last Uprising.
Pet Crow release double A single through Too Pure Singles Club on 25 August 2017 and you can pre-order through their Bandcamp page. They play the Hairy Dog on 24 August with Listener and Crime Wolf – details here.
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