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Crucial Features

Sounds likeBlack Flag, Nirvana, Sonic Youth
LocationVilnius

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“It’s aggressive, cynical and insurgent”

Formed in 2016, all-girl trio Crucial Features have been continually mixing melody with brutality. Inspired by many Riot Grrrl movement involved bands such as Bikini Kill and other female-fronted acts like Babes in Toyland, Hole and L7, Crucial Features' band members started mixing different elements of these origins with other beloved punk influences such as Black Flag, Nirvana and Sonic Youth while trying to form a completely distinct sound of their own. With all members born right before the turn of 21st century, they soon became engaged in the Lithuanian music scene, which at the time had no female role models to follow. Right after releasing their debut single “Miršta Sovietynas” (eng. Dying Sovietism), the band provoked plenty of serious discussions about the socially and culturally damaging heritage of the Soviet era. Some people were sceptical of the new band as being not serious enough, as being only some kind of a whim. The band only emphasised and satirised it by recently releasing their new EP “Kaprizai” (eng. Caprices), the subject matter of which deals with the absurd mindset of the ones who believe that emotionally violent topics are not dialogue worthy.

Later on in the year, the band had their album release gigs all around Lithuania, published their own zine which consisted of their friends' pieces of artwork, participated in one of the biggest Baltic alternative festivals "Devilstone" and had a chance to play a show at RebellaPirata Fest in Holland!

Fast, full of rage and sincere cynicism driven by catchy riffs, dynamic vocals and vigorous drums, the band continues paving their way to confront social issues, inequality and stereotypes of post-soviet Lithuanian society.

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