Crimewave utilises effect-laden guitars to create a sound similar to that of 80s and 90s shoegaze bands such as My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus and Mary Chain. He then incorporates contemporary alternative beats akin to Hudson Mohawke and Flying Lotus to create his signature sound that bridges dance and melancholy.
Support comes from locals Competition and Worry Party.
Competition makes (mild) pop music, performing with a sampler and voice. The songs think about smallness and vulnerability, and build hooks from their own limited means - finding tension and arrangement(s) within sparseness and repetition. He played his first show at TOPH 1.0 in 2015 and has since performed around the UK with people like Rattle, Calvin Johnson, Porridge Radio and Vital Idles.
Worry Party create texture and movement from subtle guitars and keys, with bold percussion whose complexity tends to reflect the vocal content and delivery. Punctuated with sublime stillness and simplicity, their songs settle somewhere on the spectrum between Purity Ring and Death Cab, with traditional instrumentation woven between layers of samples and melodic drones.