Fronted by vocalist Joshua Alvarez (Halo of Snakes), Crossed Keys is a Philly-based quintet also featuring drummer Dave Wagenschutz (Ink & Dagger, Kid Dynamite), bassist Andrew Wellbrock (Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer), and guitarists Beau Brendley (The Curse, Kill the Man Who Questions, R.A.M.B.O.) and Dave Adoff (Step Ahead, Jackie Thousand). Specializing in a sound bursting with melody and contagious energy, Crossed Keys create the kind of songs that would be ideal for a skate session and/or summer drive down the California coast.
Next month, the group will be releasing their debut record, Saviors, a record they tracked over a weekend in May 2019 at Noisy Little Critter in Downington, PA with Mike Bardzik (Joyce Manor, Kill Your Idols). Collaborating with D.I.Why? Films, Crossed Keys have made a music video for a track on the forthcoming release called "Everything Breaks," and as you'll see below, the band is ready for their own primetime sitcom:
Seen below, the cover art for Saviors was created by Jeremy Dean, an artist who used to work at Jade Tree back in the '90s. Since then, he's worked with various brands, hardcore bands, and, perhaps, most famously, his Black Flag meets Grateful Dead iconography has been copied endlessly in recent years. Check out an interview No Echo did with Jeremy last year.
Saviors will be out on Oct. 4 via Hell Minded Records. Vinyl is limited to 350. 200 on sky blue swirl. 100 on black. 50 record release show pressing (only available at release show). 200 cassettes includes a previously unreleased live set from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company on March 17, 2019 on Side B. Find the pre-orders at this link.
Crossed Keys shows:
Oct. 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Creep Records w/ Joe McCarthy (acoustic), Brackish, Goddamnit, Sunstroke