PRAISES came at a time when BELIEFS co-front, Jesse Crowe, was struggling to find an outlet for their more personal inner conversations. The project was created to speak about moments of love, gender and to iron out the questions and lessons that can’t quite fit within the public forum of a collaborative band. Praises is deeply coded in life’s stories, inviting friends and lovers to find lines encrypted in the lyrics that point directly at them. Praises has moved through multiple genres, from a stripped down guitar and vocals, to full band, to self production with rhythmic additions and production nods to long time collaborator, Josh Korody. Jesse’s influences range from Nick Cave to Portishead, and pull from both a masculine and feminine struggle to bring the torment back into the piano where it belongs.
Praises have released EP1, EP2 and the debut LP “In This Year: Ten of Swords” (December 7th, 2018) via Toronto record label, Hand Drawn Dracula (Beliefs, Dusted, Chastity). EP THREE (January 10th, 2020) features all instruments played by Jesse and was co-produced and mixed by Josh Korody (Nailbiter, Beliefs), who also added texture and structure via modular synth, and mastered by Jesse F. Keeler (MSTRKRFT). Praises is currently traveling as a two piece structured around string synth, guitar, and piano in a live setting, with the edition of flute and vocals by Kristina Koski (Chandra, Blonde Elvis) for special events.
Praises release EP THREE January 10th 2020, and are working towards the next LP, “In This Year: Resurrection”