Krrum is back, with the ‘Evil Twin Ep - 2017 Edition’.
The idiosyncratic Leeds duo, comprised of Alex and Harrison, have already made Spotify UK and US’ viral charts, reached number 1 on both Shazam and Hype Machine, as well as picking up plays across Radio 1, Beats 1 courtesy of Zane Lowe and 6Music.
This follows sold-out UK dates (including London’s Pickle Factory) and festivals ranging from Pitchfork Paris to Radio 1’s Big Weekend and Lovebox.
Lead producer and co-vocalist Alex, the band describe ‘Evil Twin’ as “toying with the duality of wanting to be healthy, productive and find
some long term stability, but also wanting to throw that all away and indulge your vices. Individually they are comforting but are always competing with each other to come out”
‘Evil Twin’ first offered a tantalising glimpse into the world of Krrum, but – millions of streams, early live shows, and a string of acclaimed tracks later – now emerges reworked and fully formed for 2017.
As drawn to early Metronomy or Justice-inspired electronics as the confessional songwriting of Justin Vernon or Jai Paul, Krrum was initially the brainchild of the band’s producer, Alex. Hailing from
the wilderness of Derbyshire, where the buses stop at 5pm and the nearest nightclub is a £50 cab away,
he first became interested in punk and ska, where a stint playing trumpets in ska bands perhaps sewed the seeds for the bombastic brass which now punctuates tracks like ‘Evil Twin’. Then, a strange tenure working in a historical cave and later in a butchery laid the foundations of an alternate reality, in which you might make music for living.
Everything came into focus at Leeds College of Music, where Alex moved to study production. Here, he met lead vocalist Harrison, with the duo gradually evolving into a band that struck gold almost
immediately on the quickly-viral early recording of ‘Evil Twin’. Having finessed their songwriting ever since, frequently Krrum transform small-town tedium into eccentric, visually-appealing pop in which
little is certain, but anything is possible.