Signal Boost: The Crushing Low return with melodic guitar-rock mastery on new EP ‘Mariner’

It’s no secret that we use VanyaRadio as an anchor for new music coming out of New England. With so many bands and so many new releases throughout the year, it’s our standard practice to initially direct the new local sounds we dig towards our radio station, and set them for airplay on “This Is 617.” It helps us keep track of stuff, and allows us to keep the playlists fresh.

And sometimes, we spin a track so often that we’re compelled to hype it beyond VanyaRadio and here on Vanyaland. That’s the case of the Crushing Low’s new EP, Mariner, a six-song collection of engaging, melodic guitar-rock tunes that stretch out nicely for a full-length feel. We’ve been enamored with the glistening lead track, “Ghost,” and it sets a proper tone for the rest of the record, the band’s first since 2011’s Skyline Carousel.

The Crushing Low celebrate the release of Mariner tomorrow night (Thursday, December 17) at Thunder Road in Somerville’s Union Square, a nice guitar-mad bill alongside Le Roxy Pro, Eksi Ekso, and Fishing The Sky.

Mariner was written and recorded over the past two years with Dave Minehan at Wooly Mammoth Studios. “It was an amazing trip, and we hope that you enjoy it as much enjoyed making it,” says frontman Ed Healy.

Preview The Crushing Low’s Mariner below via their Bandcamp, and score full release party details via the flyer that follows…