THE CRIMEA

Split News Spreads

A number of online blogs and music sites are now showing news of the split. Here’s the run down of the main ones, as always hit more to read them.

The Crimea PR 2013Clash Music have the basic details on their site, including the current PR shot of the moment.
AltSounds copy the generic press release originaly posted here, along with a link to the single download.
Alt-UK go one better with a flash version of the track embedded inbetween the breakup news.
Stereoboard have a preview of tomorrow’s 2000 Trees festival appearance, whilst also breaking the bad news.
Complete Music Update / CMU keep it short and sweet, with the article title summing things up quicker than a Phones4U ident: “The Crimea return, split”.
Drowned in Sound are currently leaving it to the message boards for news to propagte. More importantly though, DiS founder Sean Adams notes he’ll be interviewing Davey in the near future so watch out for that one.


The Crimea To Split
In order to found an orphanage…

Promo Shot 2013


The Crimea have decided to part company, with lead singer Davey Macmanus set to open an orphanage.

Another time, another place…

The Crimea were unlikely pioneers. Peel favourites, the band built up their profile with crisp, assured songwriting and a stage show which contained more than a little bombast.

Embracing the digital revolution, The Crimea released their 2007 album ‘Secrets Of The Witching Hour’ as a free download. More than 100,000 copies were devoured by fans, marking a real line in the sand for the industry.

Since then, the band have taken on other projects. Lead singer Davey Macmanus has become a nurse, and as his commitments increase the frontman feels that the time is right to call time on the group.

“It was the right time” said Macmanus. “I’ve been spending time as a nurse, in Diepsloot, South Africa over the past few years, where I’m starting a children’s orphanage. Now that the album’s found a home with the guys at Alcopop and Lazy Acre, it seemed right to go out on something we’re incredibly proud of and close the book on an amazing few chapters of our lives”.

To give their career the end it deserves, The Crimea have booked one final show. Taking place at the Jazz Cafe in Camden on July 30th, the show follows one day after the release of the band’s final album ‘Square Moon’.

Tickets are on sale now.

Article by Robin Murray for Alt Sounds, July 10th, 2013
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Promo Shot 2013
The Crimea call time on 10 year career with final album and show
Grab a free download of ‘Only Living Boy and Girl’ now

The Crimea, fronted by poetic firebrand Davey Macmanus, will call time on their ten-year career at a final concert in London’s Jazz Café on July 30th 2013. It follows the release of their final album, the epic sprawl of double album Square Moon, on July 29th 2013.

From being fêted by John Peel, their appearance on Top Of The Pops, to their ground-breaking move to give their second album away for free, to massive tours of North America and China, the curtain finally comes down on a band that trail-blazed their way through the digital-age. The curtain call comes with their greatest, most complete album to date and a final show in Camden, where the band first came to prominence in the noughties.
Macmanus said:

“It was the right time. I’ve been spending time as a nurse, in Diepsloot, South Africa over the past few years, where I’m starting a children’s orphanage. Now that the album’s found a home with the guys at Alcopop and Lazy Acre, it seemed right to go out on something we’re incredibly proud of and close the book on an amazing few chapters of our lives”.

Square Moon, available on double vinyl, CD and download, will be released by Alcopop and Lazy Acre on July 29th 2013. It will be followed by The Crimea’s final concert at London’s Jazz Café on July 30th. It is the follow up to the bands second album Secrets Of The Witching Hour, which defined legendary status as the first ‘big album’ to be given away for free with over 100,000 downloads.

Taken from the album, you can now get a free download of ‘Only Living Boy And Girl‘.

Article by Ffion Davies for Alt Sounds, July 11th, 2013
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The Crimea call time on 10 year career with final album and show

After over a decade in music, the members of The Crimea have decided to bring things to an end as they call time on their eleven year career in music which saw them, amongst other feats, make an appearance on Top Of The Pops, perform tours of North America and China, and achieve 100,000 downloads of their ‘Secrets Of The Witching Hour‘ album in just 24 hours when they became the first large band to give away an album online completely for free (a move that Q Magazine labelled as one of the top 5 moments that changed music history).

The Crimea will perform one final concert at London’s Jazz Café on July 30th, and in addition to this the band will also be releasing a third and final studio album the day before in the form of the double album ‘Square Moon‘ via Alcopop and Lazy Acre.

Davey MacManus, frontman for The Crimea, had the following to say about the decision to make ‘Square Moon‘ the band’s final studio release:

It was the right time. I’ve been spending time as a nurse, in Diepsloot, South Africa over the past few years, where I’m starting a children’s orphanage. Now that the album’s found a home with the guys at Alcopop and Lazy Acre, it seemed right to go out on something we’re incredibly proud of and close the book on an amazing few chapters of our lives.

‘Square Moon‘ will be available on double vinyl, CD and download, and if you’d like to hear a sample of what the band’s final album has to offer then the album track ‘The Only Living Boy and Girl‘ is available for streaming and free download below.

Article by Rich Leigh for Alt Sounds, July 10th, 2013
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The Crimea – Main Stage, Friday

This could be your last chance to see Davey Macmanus do his thing. The Crimea will call it a day following a show at London’s Jazz Cafe on July 30, with their magnetic frontman set to open an orphanage in South Africa. Since the early days, when he fronted the Crocketts, Macmanus has been a fearsome live performer and with the band set to play material from their sign-off double album, ‘Square Moon’, this is a set not to be missed.

Preview by Sam Jones for Stereoboard, July 9th, 2013
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The Crimea return, split


The Crimea PR 2013Best known for taking the then ballsy and unexpected move of giving their second album, ‘Secrets Of The Witching Hour’, away as a free download in 2007, The Crimea have announced that they will return with the follow-up, ‘Square Moon’, later this month. Released jointly through Alcopop! and Lazy Acre on 29 Jul, the band will perform at The Jazz Café in London the following night. And then they’ll split up forever.

Announcing the decision, frontman Davey Macmanus said: “It’s the right time. I’ve been spending time as a nurse in Diepsloot, South Africa over the past few years, where I’m starting a children’s orphanage. Now that the album’s found a home with the guys at Alcopop! and Lazy Acre, it seemed right to go out on something we’re incredibly proud of and close the book on an amazing few chapters of our lives”.

Listen to a track from the new album, ‘Only Living Boy And Girl’, here:

Article by Andy Malt for CMU, July 10th, 2013
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