SXSW & Album Reviews

First up, the Austin Chronicle’s site has a preview of The Crimea’s South By Southwest festival show at Exodus on March 18th, and then a great full review of the gig including a wee picture.
OwenBBC Radio 1 have been camped out at the festival in Texas for the past week, and John Peel replacement Huw Stephens went along to The Crimea’s gig resulting in an entry on the band in his weblog (see day three), pics of Owen, Davey, an LWOA poster and err… things… And he also played the new album version of Someone’s Crying during his Tuesday show. If you wanna have a listen to it, click this and skip to 40 minutes in. If you like it then the older, home recorded version can be purchased for 99p from the War Child Music charity website.
The Star Telegram previewed the support gig for Ash at Trees in Dallas on March 20th.
For those of you wondering what the upcoming Tragedy Rocks album will be like, have a read of the following reviews of the old UK version. give it a short one as part of another “top albums of 2004″ article, with The Crimea gaining 3rd place. And issue 5 of the Blank Stares & Cricket Claps magazine gives the album 3.5 / 5 in their album review section.

Friday Picks
SXSW picks & sleepers for March 18

8pm, Exodus
Last SXSW, this Welsh fivepiece did more than just help the BBC narrate a documentary about the Festival, they proved bands get signed here. Warner Bros. offered them a deal a month later, resulting in October’s brilliantly spacey and superbly written Lottery Winners on Acid EP. Debut LP, Tragedy Rocks, in May.

Preview by Andy Langer from The Austin Chronicle.

Live Shots

The Crimea

Exodus, Friday, March 18

Photo  by Mary SleddFriday’s short-but-sweet set by the Crimea embraced that old showbiz adage about leaving ‘em wanting more. The London-based quintet was on and off in just 30 minutes, but it was an action-packed half-hour. Vocalist/guitarist Davey MacManus is an emotive whirlwind onstage, brandishing his guitar like an assault weapon, but his manner never gets affected to the point of annoyance. Perhaps that’s because the Crimea writes clever, well-developed pop songs that touch on psychedelia, glam, and goth while retaining a wholly original essence. Their default mood is simultaneously morose and majestic in the finest Brit-pop tradition. With two guitars, a rhythm section, and a pianist, their arrangements are full-bodied, too. The spoken verses of “Opposite Ends” provided a perfect showcase for MacManus’ lyrical witticisms, like, “Get down off your broomstick and sweep the floor.” As the song progressed, he worked his way further into a frothing caterwaul before ending with a barely audible thank you. All the knowing, bobbing heads near the front of the stage suggest the title track from last year’s Lottery Winners on Acid EP is a rock anthem waiting for mass acceptance. MacManus’ foggy romantic sentiments spring from the same idyllic lair that birthed Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day.” Any songwriter who manages to make contracting scabies sound desirable deserves a gold record. The Crimea ended with “Someone’s Crying,” the final song from their forthcoming Warner Bros. full-length, Tragedy Rocks. After running through an existential catalog of all the pain and suffering going on in the world at any given moment, MacManus asked, “Where was your magic, Lord? Where was your magic?” before walking off with time to spare.

Review by Greg Beets for The Austin Chronicle. Photo by Mary Sledd.

Huw’s SXSW Diary

We sent OneMusic’s Huw Stephens out to scour the streets of Austin, Texas for new and exciting bands.

Day 3 – Friday

On Thursday I was ill but on Friday I ate porridge in the morning, and was determined to see some bands.

At night, The Crimea open the Barfly gig at Exodus. Signed to a major label during last year’s SXSW, tonight they’re as brilliant as their debut album, Tragedy Rocks, sounds on my walkman.

Owen Davey from The Crimea A poster for The Crimea

Review and photos by Huw Stephens for Radio 1.

Crimea return as a SXSW success story
Posted on Fri, Mar. 18, 2005

Last year, when the Crimea, below, played the Austin music festival South by Southwest, they were looking for a record deal; this year, they’re brandishing one. The quintet was signed by Warner Brothers after their 2004 SXSW showcase, and one listen to their current EP, Lottery Winners on Acid, shows why: It’s poppy like the Kinks, trippy like the Flaming Lips, but as accessible as Coldplay. In other words, it’s got “sign us, sign us!” written all over it.

Acid is a precursor to the band’s forthcoming major label debut, Tragedy Rocks, an appropriately named effort that is equally funny and heartbreaking, thanks to singer Davie MacManus’ witty, sardonic lyrics. Due this summer, Tragedy was produced by heavyweight tag-team Chris Shaw (Bob Dylan, Wilco) and Dennis Herring (Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse), the kind of guys who wouldn’t waste their time and breath on mediocrity. You’ll see.

The Crimea perform with Ash and the Bravery on Sunday at Trees, 2709 Elm St., Dallas. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All ages. $12. Call (888) 512-SHOW.

Preview by By Malcolm Mayhew, Star-Telegram Staff Writer.

Blank Stares & Cricket Claps album review.

Album review from Blank Stares & Cricket Claps issue 5.

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One Response to “SXSW & Album Reviews”

  1. Denyer says:

    It might be a bit less confusing if the forthcoming album didn’t have the same title as the existing mail-order album, mightn’t it lads? ;-)

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