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Following the recent release of their new album Ice Melt, Crumb return to announce new North American, EU and U.K. tour. The U.K. dates include a show at Electric Brixton on March 23rd 2022.

In conjunction with the tour announcement, Crumb are sharing a taste of what fans can expect on the road in the form of a live performance video taped at Ulster Performing Arts Centre in Kingston, NY, which is also where they filmed the majority of their "Trophy" video. The session features performances of standout Ice Melt tracks "Up & Down," "Seeds" and the album's title track.

Convening in Los Angeles to work with producer Jonathan Rado, Crumb tapped into atmosphere-creation like never before, building experimental compositions that are at turns head-nodding and surrealist, energetic and euphoric. Singer and guitarist Lila Ramani characterizes the album as a “return back down to earth,” a deeply felt examination of “real substances and beings that live on this planet.”

Ice Melt is the follow up to Crumb's critically-acclaimed debut Jinx, which Pitchfork described as having a “hypnotic quality [that] grows ever more romantic and tense with repeat listens," and includes the previously-released singles "Trophy," "Balloon" and "BNR."

About Crumb:
Crumb’s second album, Ice Melt, takes its name from the coarse blend of salts that you can buy from your local hardware store for $9.99 a bag. When sprinkled on your wintry steps, this mixture absorbs water and gives off heat, transforming the snow and ice into a viscous, briney slush and, eventually, nothing at all. Beginning with the dynamic chaos of “Up & Down,” and ending with Crumb’s closest thing to a lullaby, Ice Melt’s ten tracks combine, like ice sculptures melting into a glistening puddle, into the liquid record of a tumultuous, cathartic journey to safer ground. “Is it like magic or a dream?,” frontwoman Lila Ramani sings on the title track, weaving mythological undercurrents into mundane earthly processes. “It all drips down into the sea.”

From the start, Crumb was a nebulous project, stitched together from various locations, inspirations, experiences, and relationships. Even in their early days, living in jam-packed Boston apartments in 2016, the group knew that cohesion was best achieved through plumbing their individual strengths—Ramani’s earliest songwriting, which catalyzed the group’s first two EPs, Crumb (2016) and Locket (2017); Bri Aronow’s knack for building (dis)affecting soundscapes; Jesse Brotter’s melodic bass playing, a Crumb mainstay; and Jonathan Gilad’s drums, which give the music an otherworldly vitality. Even as their fan base grew, they chose to remain independent, self-releasing each album, and now Ice Melt, through their own label, Crumb Records. These early decisions have made Crumb a project of self-discovery, four creative minds converging around an idea that is always shifting and reforming.