THE CRIMEA

Tonight I have for you another reporter’s version of events at Manchester. Gone are Drowned In Sound’s “mess of acidic guitars” and “out of synch loops” and replacing them are “twinkly guitar effects” and “purposely out-of-step lyrics”. Click here to view Duram21.co.uk’s review of The Crimea’s support for Dashboard Confessional on 7th November, or just click on [More] for the shortened version.
And just when you think the all clear’s sounded, I find an unedited version of the DiS review on the ManchesterMusic.co.uk site. “I hate it so much it skull fucks my head”. Really, some people should stop going to gigs altogether. Read it here or click [More].


Don’t Mention The War
the crimeaKicking off the festivities are little-known UK band, ‘The Crimea’. It was obvious that only a few people in the entire venue knew who these guys were, nevertheless, they made a good impression on a large proportion of the audience. Twinkly guitar effects were overcast by disjointed and purposely out-of-step lyrics, but the short set was also sprinkled with toe-tappingly infectious choruses that are still bouncing round my head now. Lead vocalist, Davey MacManus introduced and performed each song with a nervous energy that tainted the bleeding heart lyrics with a hint of venom: jerking the microphone around at particularly poignant moments he gave the impression of a man ready to snap on experiencing one more emotional trauma. Though not particularly charismatic, MacManus had an intriguing stage presence, introducing songs with statements like “If you want to see my happy side, better tell me that my girl just died” and “The Man From Del Monte was wrong, Jesus Christ was wrong, Adolf Hitler was wrong, I was wrong, David Beckham was right”. I can’t say that The Crimea are a band about to break into the big time, but they are very intelligent and sincere songwriters, and talented musicians…worth a look if you’ve got the time.

Written 12.10.03 by Chris Gutteridge

From Durham21.co.uk’s website here.


IN SHREDS

:: Dashboard Confessional ::
07 November 2003 / The Academy / Manchester
By Ed Mellet

In anticipation of the money shot Crimea pull out on stage, eager to impress emo kids and glasses boffins alike with a roaring epic of war like proportions. Thrusting and gaoling like a half dead man in a trench full of rotting flesh they scream! They scream! And it?s fucking awful. It tastes like it sounds and it sounds like a war zone, overpowering bombs of acid guitars mixing melody with out of synch guitar loops and growling growling shouting vocal mess? I hate it. I hate it so much it skull fucks my head. I hate it because it?s unapproachable, original, something I?ve never seen before and it?s amazing. What a difference it is to be so threatened by the opening song of an opening band. What a song! And it would have been 5 out of 5 until ?Do you want to see my happy side? which, as it suggests, is a chirpy little number about some love or another. It?s the same as it always has been. The thrill we got when we first came in trails away and we?re left with nothing except for dulcet tones and empty values of an emo band who sing like an American Travis ? an American Travis with a mullet-ed Bassist. A nondescript showdown between acoustic and emotive ? if you can call it a showdown at all.

From the ManchesterMusic.co.uk site here.

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One Response to “Manchester: An Alternative View”

  1. Denyer says:

    "I hate it because it?s unapproachable, original, something I?ve never seen before and it?s amazing."

    Well, that’s pretty reassuring…

    "The Man From Del Monte was wrong, Jesus Christ was wrong, Adolf Hitler was wrong, I was wrong, David Beckham was right."

    Heh. =D

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