Pics, News And Reviews

DaveyJon Birch has sent in photos of The Crimea’s gig at Aberystwyth Arts Centre last week. Check the Images page or click this.
Two more Ash/Crimea gig reviews, joined the crowd of “chart fans” in Manchester to give our lads a decent write-up…
The other is at, who say The Crimea are “definitely worth checking out”. Check this page or More for the rest.
John Peel played White Russian Galaxy for the first time in quite a while on Wednesday (tracklisting link) due to it’s inclusion in the following compilation…
FF Vinyl records will release the North South Divine compilation, which includes The Crimea’s White Russian Galaxy, on June 19th. It’s currently priced ?7.99 at, click More for news on the compo from around the web.

Ash @ Manchester Academy, Manchester
5th June 2004
Supported by: The Crimea

Proceedings were opened by Davey McManus and his four partners in crime collectively known as The Crimea who dazzled, dazed and confused the waiting crowd with their indie punk madness. McManus has been hailed as a modern day Lewis Carroll and it is true that his lyrics do at times defy belief, such as in set highlight ‘Girl Just’ as with infectious melodies and Davey’s coarse and authoritative vocals they deliver the cutting lyrics;

“If you wanna see my happy side better tell me that my girl just died, girl just died.”

Review by Katherine Tomlinson for

Manchester Academy 1
05 Jun 2004

The Crimea played a far better set (than The Seers) and brought the disinterested crowd in from the bar with an eclectic mix of Pixies-influenced rock, Radiohead-esque experimentalism and an odd touch of haunting piano riffs. A crazed scream in the penultimate song, before culminating with a crowd-pleasing Jam-style effort, ensured their memorability. Definitely worth checking out.

Rating: 4/5

Review by Jeni Harvey for

Gabrielle 25 are simply Divine

Cardiff label FF Vinyl have announced the launch night of their new compilation album, North South Divine.
Gabrielle 25 headline at Clwb Ifor Bach on 3 June, with support from the small but perfectly-formed Sweet Baboo.
The North South Divine compilation features The Crimea, Camera, IK+, The Afternoons, The Peaks, Texas Radio Band, Fillmore, JT Mouse and Kentucky AFC. It’s due out on 19 July.

Above from the BBC Wales website.

THE NORTH SOUTH DIVINE compilation will finally hit the shops in late June/early July. Delays delays delays we know but again, an album that demanded a Summer release. A finer collection of songs from Wales you will be hard pushed to find this year with The Crimea, Camera, Sweet Baboo, The IK Plus (ex-mohobishopi), The Afternoons, The Peaks (Rich from Melys), Texas Radio Band, Fillmore, JT Mouse and Kentucky AFC. Look out for gigs featuring the bands on the album in June and July to coincide with the release.

From the FF Vinyl website at


Albums are coming out of studios from thier artists at a frightening rate right now. The next release will be The North South Divine a compilation of 12 of the finest pop songs by 12 of the finest and strangest bands hailing from this small country including Texas Radio Band, The Crimea, The Benjamins, Kentucky AFC and many more.

From the website.

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