Tabs & Talks

JT LeroySo Davey really likes this J.T. Leroy bloke then. On Monday he was a guest speaker, reading a passage from one of J.T’s books at a J.T. Leroy event at Foyles bookshop in London, along with Marianne Faithful and Beth Orton. Click more for a little pic or visit here for even more.
High Bias have their SXSW review online and include some stuff about The Crimea playing the Yard Dog Gallery on March 17th. Check it out in the extended entry section or visit their website.
And after much persuation via the messageboard, Crimea bassist Joe Udwin has got a couple of bass tabs together. Check out the Allah Was Wrong and Howling At The Moon tabs on the all new tabs page.

Photos by Scarlet Page.

Letters to the Editor



Thursday’s musical journey begins with my first day party. I’m happy to report that the sun is out, the wind is gone, and the weather is warming up as I arrive at the Yard Dog outdoor party.

A few months ago I was sent an EP by a new signing to Warner Bros. called THE CRIMEA. While I liked the opening “White Russian Galaxy” immediately, I wasn’t so quick to warm to the other four cuts. Initially, I thought the title track, “Lottery Winners on Acid,” was too self-consciously cute and whimsical. But in time it won me over, and soon I couldn’t get the darn thing out of my head. So I was delighted to arrive right as the Crimea was beginning its psychedelic-tinged set. Performing underneath a small tent packed with onlookers, this young British rock act was obviously taking this showcase seriously. Having been the launching pad for Frank Ferdinand (2004) and The Darkness (2003), musicians know SXSW has the clout to make or break careers.

The Crimea’s vocalist Davey MacManus has that certain “it” quality that all legendary rockers possess. He’s bracingly charismatic. He sings like he means every word. There is no doubt that he is the focal point of the band. He whips up quite a storm on his guitar. And most engaging to me, he has an air of unhinged danger. Often shaking, often screaming, Davey is INTENSE, wielding his guitar like a potential weapon?even on the gentle songs. The Crimea was the first buzz band I encountered this year, and I eagerly await the debut CD Tragedy Rocks in May.

Review from High

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