News Round Up

I didn’t think I’d ever see one of these again. But oh no, there’s album news aplenty already streaming in. Time to get blogging then…

Sweeping The Nation are first up with a short news post on the new album and a short history check.

Next up, AltSounds who pretty much put out the standard press release verbatim, but does manage to create random crimea fact of the day – they have at least two fans called Ffi. Hi Ffi. And Ffi. Random.
Both however remind us the band play 2000 Trees festival on 12th July 2013, along with everyone you see to the right.

And whilst the official site and twitter pages continue to be updated, there’s also the official SoundCloud page which includes numerous free-to-listed Crimea tracks, including one of (if not the) very first I ever heard – All Conquering – back in the day that you really could think you’d put on the wrong damn CD when a bunch of orchestral operatic tuba epicness opened up. Now of course we expect it, but anyway… 15 seconds later all was made clear.

The Crimea – Last Plane Out Of Saigon

Quick primer for Crimea newcomers: emerged out of the Crocketts (two cracking albums, lots of live madness), picked up by Peel, flirted with the mainstream (including a top 40 single and Top Of The Pops appearance), toured as arena support, became reportedly the first band to put out an album for free online, then went on a hiatus that’s just ended by their signing to Alcopop! (and Lazy Acre) to release a double album, Square Moon, on 29th July. And in all that time Davey McManus doesn’t seem to have aged. The first track starts out seeming set for the ballroom before developing into a piano-led, subtly soulful summer strings-swoon built around maturing wistfulness. Also, it’s another one for that list of songs where the title only features as the final words (Up The Junction, Virginia Plain, Just Like Heaven.

News from Sweeping The Nation, 24/04/13.


The Crimea return with new album

Square Moon double album to be released 29th of July

Returning after a hiatus, following the release of the bands second album Secrets of the witching hour, the band are set to return this summer with a slot at 2000 Trees festival, a headline show at The Jazz Café in London (more dates to come) and the release of a new double album Square Moon.

Based around the lovelorn lyrics of Davey McManus, Square Moon is a dazzling technicolour tour de force through woozy pop, ragged folk and desolate piano led tracks – best exemplified by the track ‘Last Plane out of Saigon’ (which is available to download for free from today from both Alcopop and Lazy Acre’s soundcloud pages).

LISTEN | DOWNLOAD // The Crimea – ‘Last Plane Out of Saigon’

With the music industry being radically reshaped by the internet (remember those days), The Crimea were among the first to see the potential and opportunities afforded by this fresh new landscape. Six months before Radiohead and Prince, the band decided to release their second album, Secrets Of The Witching Hour, as a free download in 2007. 100,000 downloads in three days resulted in a huge worldwide news story that included interviews on Channel 4 News, The Wall Street Journal and The Hindu Times. At the end of the year, Q Magazine labelled the move as one of the top 5 moments that changed music history.

Now they’re back, and we think, better than ever.

The record is a joint release between Oxford based Alcopop Records (johnny foreigner, Fight Like Apes, Stagecoach) and Northampton’s Lazy Acre Records (Uno Moller, Twin Pines Mall, Cherry Cola Champions) a partnership forged whilst watching Macmanus hurl himself around the stage in his previous life as Davey Crockett.

News from AltSounds, 25/04/13.

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One Response to “News Round Up”

  1. Kong says:

    Rigsy on Radio Ulster played us on Sunday you can listen to it 1 hour in to his show here:
    Also Amazing Radio played us yesterday


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