Hype? What Hype?

So it’s all go for The Crimea stateside but here’s a couple of blog posts on their Spaceland gig in LA that weren’t too impresed with Joe’s looks, among other things. Well that just sucks, eh Joe? Click more for fashion tips.
Here’s another guy that wasn’t totally blown away. Maybe play Someone’s Crying next time lads? Then again, he should’a seen… err… is this site fully unnofficial yet? You should probably just click more and read somebody else’s ramblings.
More lukewarm reaction on the SXSW festival appearance can be found at

Monday, March 28, 2005
The Crimea plays for free
As the British Rock And Roll Fleet Week draws to a close, I will try not to be too wistful. I’m going to soldier on, since we’ve still got something tonight, The Crimea. They’ve just been on tour with Ash (and The Bravery, who I’m not going to talk about…but don’t they always look really uncomfortable in eyeliner?), and I’m interested in seeing them because I’m not sure if they’re any good. I’ve figured out that they’re not bad. They’ve got a post-Pixies Transmissions from the Satellite Heart-y 90s “classic” indie rock sound, and it seems like they’ve been around forever under various names, which isn’t really a good sign. They’ve also had the support of John Peel, which often is. Whichever it is, we shall find out tonight.

It’s a free show at Spaceland, so what’s the problem?

Tuesday, March 29, 2005
From Last Night
I wasn’t really planning on writing more about the Crimea, since they’re not all that great. But when you see them, they’re distracting to the point where you can’t even pay attention to the songs. The bassist looks like Alex James’ fat older brother, the keyboardist like any other late-30s graphic designer (or Moby), and the frontman’s gigantic head looks a bit like Michael Stipe. He’s a frightening performer, he kept thrusting his guitar from his right hip, like a bizarrely spastic version of what The Shadows would do in 1961. And when he wasn’t playing guitar…it was either Ian Curtis shaky dancing, or psychotic childlike cult leader dancing. As you can imagine, it’s very distracting.

They’re perfectly fine, very 90s sounding, the kind of band that should have been opening for Archers of Loaf on the Icky Mettle tour.

Review by Marlow Riley.

April 07, 2005
Bravely Go Where Many Have Gone Before

Ash / The Bravery / The Crimea
The Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
March 11, 2005

So I’m kinda bored with the new stuff in Rhapsody right now so I thought I’d play a little catch-up and finally post about the show I went to about a month ago. I was looking forward to this one since The Bravery is one of the current “it” bands, I was enjoying the new Ash CD, and I really love The Crimea’s EP Lottery Winners on Acid. Unfortunately, The Crimea had already started playing by the time we got there, but we still got to see a decent amount of their set. Lead singer definitely has charisma, but it certainly seemed that they were trying to weird-out the trendy crowd that had shown up to see The Bravery. Very intense, very noisy, very jerky, in their own little world. I would love to have seen more but they played a short set. I love their recorded stuff so much but will have to see them again live to really get their vibe. Hope I get the opportunity soon.

Review by Chris Anderson from the Worthy Music blog.

SXSW March Music Madness

The Crimea served up the most emotionally raw performance of the weekend, but, like the equally impressive Magic Numbers and Maximo Park, they seem destined to remain merely critically acclaimed.

Review by Jason Moon Wilkins from

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