THE CRIMEA

Updates!!!

Davey MacManus by Tina McClelland.The Crimea are on tour. Or they were, the last headlining gig of the White Russian Galaxy tour is tomorrow at Camden Barfly. Everyone who’s attended the previous gigs has loved ‘em so if you’re in London and like the Crimea, go and have a listen.
They’re also supporting top indie band Travis at their first gig in over a year in King George’s Hall, Blackburn, this Saturday.
White Russian Galaxy, released two weeks ago, peaked at number 20 in the independent record label charts on the week of release, but is no longer anywhere to be seen in any of the charts. If you wanna get it back into the top 100, you can buy a copy or two of the CD and vinyl at Double Dragon’s record store at www.recordstore.co.uk/doubledragon. Click [More] for a list of the indie charts for 8/6/03.
The single was single of the week a while ago on Cambridge Student Radio, which you can listen to at www.cur1350.co.uk
Honk magazine, hosts of the rather popular article on the Crocketts Amsterdam trip, have an interview with The Crimea about getting rid of The Crocketts from their lives. Hmm… maybe I should delete that stuff about the Amsterdam trip. Click [More] for a copy of the article but while it’s there, read the copy on Honk’s site here.
Drowned In Sound has an article on the tour up on thier site. All the news they have on the band can be found through their profile of them here.
Tina McClelland, long time photographer of the Crocketts and Crimea’s work, has some more photos of the band on her website. They’re all from the same photo shoot that provided the two lovely group images on the front of this website.
Compass PointThere’s a few more Crimea articles from various magazines that are or will soon be on the press clippings page.
And the Compass Point festival, where The Crimea are playing on July 4th, have the band mentioned on their website for the day’s lineup. They’re headlining the Indie stage though I’m not sure of timings. I suggest you check out The Hot Puppies and The Keys on the Indie stage and a little bird has told me that the Crockett fan in you may like to check out Midasuno on the Rock stage, more details on that later.


Top 40 Indie Singles for 8/6/02.

TW (LW) Title Artist Label
1 (1) IGNITION REMIX R KELLY JIVE
2 ( ) GAY BAR ELECTRIC SIX XL RECORDINGS
3 (2) ROCK YOUR BODY JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE JIVE
4 ( ) NOW IT’S ON GRANDADDY V2
5 ( ) AT THE END IIO FREE 2 AIR
6 ( ) SHAKESPEARE’S WAY WITH WORDS ONE TRUE VOICE JIVE
7 (5) I LUV U DIZZEE RASCAL XL RECORDINGS
8 (3) MADAME HELGA STEREOPHONICS V2
9 (6) CRY BABY JEMINI INTEGRAL
10 (4) QUESTIONS & ANSWERS BIFFY CLYRO BEGGARS BANQUET
11 ( ) A MIRACLE HIDDEN CAMERAS ROUGH TRADE
12 ( ) NEVER CAN TELL/SOUL BEAT CALLING I KAMANCHI FULL CYCLE
13 (8) FORGET ABOUT TOMORROW FEEDER ECHO
14 (7) CARRERA 2 THREE DRIVES NEBULA
15 ( ) WHIRLWIND/SNOOT CAPONE TEST
16 ( ) ME AND GIULIANI DOWN BY THE SCHOOL YARD !!! WARP
17 ( ) WHO’S CRYING NOW DJ CHROME PERFECTO
18 ( ) AYRA DJ ENERGY NUKLEUZ
19 ( ) I CAN FEEL IT QUADRAPHONIC LOST LANGUAGE
20 ( ) WHITE RUSSIAN GALAXY CRIMEA DOUBLE DRAGON
21 ( ) HOUSE MUSIC EDDIE AMADOR YOSHI TOSHI
22 ( ) HELL’S REIGN CHAMPION BURNS TIDY TRAX
23 (14) SO INTO YOU WILDHEARTS GUT
24 ( ) THE DOVE IKON JALAPENO
25 (10) WHADDUP TONY SENGHORE UNDERWATER
26 (16) COMING ON STRONG SIGNUM FT SCOTT MAC TIDY TWO
27 ( ) FLAVA 4 RAVER/ROLL OUT PROFESSIONALS TWO TIMES RECORDS
28 (12) DRILL SERGEANT PROJECT JUPITER NUKLEUZ
29 (13) NO-6/DETONATE DJ HAZARD/GENERATION DUB FORMATION
30 ( ) HANDBAGS AND GLADRAGS STEREOPHONICS V2
31 ( ) HOUSE PANIC DOLPHINS HOOJ CHOONS
32 ( ) LEFT OF CENTRE EP TILT TRUST THE DJ
33 (11) MAKE IT HAPPEN PLAYGROUP OUTPUT
34 (17) EASY GROOVE ARMADA PEPPER
35 (9) STOP MY HEAD EVAN DANDO SETANTA
36 ( ) FOR LOVERS NOT FIGHTERS EVIL NINE MARINE PARADE
37 (20) MAN ON THE MOON GUYVER TIDY TWO
38 ( ) MUSIC IS THE DRUG/YOUR SERVE LEE HASLAM TIDY TWO
39 (29) WEEKEND SCOOTER SHEFFIELD TUNES
40 (49) SUCH A GOOD FEELIN MISS BEHAVIN’ TIDY TWO

From BBC Radio 1′s Indie charts here.


THE CRIMEA
05/06/2003

James McLaren talks to Owen Hopkin and Davey MacManus about breaking clear of The Crocketts

Owen Hopkin of The Crimea has recently given up his day job and become a full-time, professional musician again. I say again, because this time last year, he was in The Crocketts, at the tail-end of the band?s eventful but short career. Their three albums on V2 never broke them as they hoped, but it looks like Hopkin and MacManus, as two-fifths of The Crimea, could well hit paydirt this time round. A well-received set at last year?s In The City festival, great radio support and critical praise have placed the band on labels? hit lists.
?The reaction has definitely been a pleasant surprise,? says Hopkin. ?Coming from The Crocketts where we seemed to be lambasted and lauded in equal measures, it?s definitely been good to hear more positives than negatives!?
MacManus agrees: ?You?ve got The Face and all these people who?d never touch The Crocketts all over [us] now. Six months down the line, a different name… it?s fu*king funny?.
But it?s not just the time and the name which has changed: their entire sound has changed, with a mellower atmosphere, and sharper, more honed songwriting, if their first two singles are any indication. MacManus: ?Suddenly, somehow, we learned to write much better songs. We?ve got some great tunes, and you couldn?t make them heavy. But it?s completely weird for me, as one minute the whole game is to take loads of drugs, jump around and go mad, then at the moment we?re trying to be relaxed and calm and sing nice songs! But still, in comparison with other bands, we?re extremely active ? it?s still a good show.?
Hopkin says that as far as he?s aware, people aren?t judging The Crimea by his and Macmanus? past in The Crocketts: ?Aside from fans, talking on websites, it isn?t something that?s happened a lot to be honest. Pretty much everyone has treated The Crimea as a new band, which it is. There are three completely new members, completely different songs, a different modus operandi and different goals. The only thing that can really be traced back to The Crocketts is Davey?s voice, and I even think he?s using that differently now.?
That ?different modus operandi? means that the band are keeping their business decisions close to home. ?We operate a lot more hands on; we?ve helped deliver our first two releases, manage ourselves, booked gigs etc. I?m sure that will continue when we sign a deal, too. It?s been great to have control of it all and I?m sure we could have done that with The Crocketts had we been arsed with that kind of thing at the time.?
So when can we expect a champagne moment as The Crimea sign for megabucks to The Man? ?I don?t believe anything ?til I see it. There?s a lot of talk ? which is good ? but it doesn?t really mean anything until something solid comes of it. I?m unwilling to believe it until I?ve written my name on a bit of paper and I?m pissing it up in the Met Bar an hour later.?
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From the Honk magazine website here.

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6 Responses to “Updates!!!”

  1. Helen says:

    What time will Crimea be on stage tomorrow?

  2. Christopher says:

    If that’s about the Camden Barfly gig then usually around 9.45 – 10pm. If you’re there earlier find a member of the band and ask them yourself.

  3. Christopher says:

    Then may i point you in the direction of the gigs page where the gig information has been for about a month.
    You can also sign up to the mailing list, produced by members of the band and sent out about every month with details on gigs/singles etc. Just send an email to owen.hopkin@virgin.net with the heading "Add me to the Crimea mailing list".
    Sorry you missed the gig though, they play around London alot so you should be able to catch them again pretty soon.

  4. shanti941 says:

    Guys, just read on todayss news there’s a gig tomorrow – telling us the day before a gig is just not good enough! :-)

    And much as I luv this site I probly only look at it every two weeks.

    Seriously, some of us have straightjackets to get out of, day passes to blag from the warden, etc.

    Not to mention long, lingering body searches before we het released. More notice where poss please, in the meantime hope tomorrow’s a cracking gig – which I can’t be at :-(

    xS

  5. shanti941 says:

    Ah, I was on their mailing list – if they mailed me about the gig it never arrived!

    And as I said I don’t really look on here that often…. oh well, c’est la vie.

    Keep up the good work! :-)

    xS

  6. Christopher says:

    have you got a hotmail email address? if you have and you’ve got a junk mail filter on then it will have ended up in the junk mail folder. try adding owen.hopkin@virgin.net to your safe list.
    if that doesnt work then try signing up again cos your old email address might have got lost when owen started changing his email accounts around.

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