Crux is a four-piece alternative rock band based in Newcastle, UK. Bandmates Max, Jake, Hallam and Joe have been putting out music since early 2019 and they recently came out with Crux’s second single of the year titled, “Save Me”. The band’s sound is inspired by a variety of acts such as Jeff Buckley, Dire Straits, and RHCP, among other progressive rock influences. They are best-known for their 2021 EP Death At The Cash Machine, and their latest single also highlights their engaging and original sound.
“Save Me” begins with a deep synth pad and driving guitars over a strong drum beat. Vocalist Max sings over the raw instrumentation and is accompanied by a soft piano throughout. The song has a very emotive rock ballad vibe and the lyrics explore a theme of desperation and the search for salvation; both relatable and thought-provoking. The song builds in intensity as it progresses, with the addition of more energetic drums, lush harmonies and guitar fillers. The chorus, which features the repeated refrain – “you can save me,” is particularly impactful and stays with the listener long after the song has ended.
Overall, “Save Me” is a standout track from Crux and is a must-listen for fans of alternative rock music and those who enjoy experimental as well. It showcases the band’s original sound and their ability to craft memorable and powerful songs that speak to the human experience. With a cult following from the UK and Europe, I think it’s only a matter of time before the band starts disrupting the rock scene worldwide!