THE CRIMEA

Boston Show Details

Details on how to get tickets for the not-so-secret-anymore secret Boston show are up on the official site, and I’ve stuck an alternative method on the gigs page here. Basically just e-mail Owen with your name for him to stick you on the guest list. For some reason he seemed rather excited that a limited amount of free Smirnoff drinks and snacks will be provided. Can’t think why. Maybe they don’t get much to eat in the tour van, other than pancakes.
Hopefully more people will turn up to that than the Tucson gig, though there’s a great review of that on AZNightBuzz.com to show everyone what they missed.
Dagmar Patterson has stuck photos she took of the band at the Moore Theatre show up on her website, including this little gem. Oh how I laughed.

Hot child in the city – Doris Henson and The Crimea hit Vaudeville

2005-07-19

Hot times, summer in the city? well, the hot (as in exciting) times seem to be reserved for towns with double digit temperatures. As any local music lover knows, the live music scene between May and September wilts like a snowbird under the Tucson sun. Not as many bands come through and getting people to leave their Pabst and swamp coolers at home is like pulling teeth.

Without college students around to make shows more viable, Tucsonans get cheaper and cheaper during the summer months. On June 6, Doris Henson and U.K.?s The Crimea learned this hard lesson for themselves. Despite a turnout of about 25 at Vaudeville, locals Bombs For The Bored, Doris Henson and Crimea powered through their passionate sets just like it was December.

The microscopic audience was a bit of a shock to the system for DeSoto Records? Doris Henson, who are in the middle of a sold-out tour with Billy Corgan and had a night off. Doris Henson? sounds like the name of one of your friend?s moms, right? Actually, they?re a five piece indy band out of Kansas City. They launched into their set with a rollicking, guitar heavy rocker that was tempered with gentle vocals reminiscent of labelmates The Dismemberment Plan or The Mountain Goats. Several songs layered on top of the repetitive drone of a simple trombone line or guitar riff that built to a more explosive chorus. The band spiced up their sound with trombone (yes, trombone) and even pulled out a melodica for one song and smattered another with harmonica.

The 20 or so watching responded with bursts of enthusiastic applause between songs, though after the show, singer Matthew reported that they felt a little off due to the shock to their systems of going from indy shows to a tour of arena shows and then well, to Vaudeville, Tucson, AZ in the summer.

Formerly The Crocketts, The Crimea are freshly signed (from the sounds of it) to Warner Brothers Records and have been rapidly gaining ground despite being shed from V2?s roster along the way. Having toured with British heavyweights like Primal Scream, Travis and Stereophonics, the sparse audience must have felt a little strange to them as well. With acoustic and electric guitars, plus occasional harmonica and keyboards that ranged from organ to music box, they have a very full sound with special thanks to the standout, ethereal guitar playing of Andrew Norton. At times, his reverby, atmospheric sound brought to mind Unforgettable Fire era U2 or Johnny Marr of The Smiths, which contrasted with the band?s anguished climaxes. And boy, did they have some of those! Singer Davey MacManus vocals had a gritty, older- sounding Conor Oberst quality which erupted into anguished screams, especially during the band?s finale, a dark take on ?Kumbaya? which exploded into fits of screaming dispair? and some lyric about a ?Chihuahua.?

Well, those lucky 25 people will surely tell their friends, so both band?s future Tucson shows will sure to be successful? provided that they?re booked between September and April, of course. And now back to your regularly scheduled Pabsts and swamp coolers. Cheers!

Review by Adrienne Lake for AZNightBuzz.com.

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One Response to “Boston Show Details”

  1. Martin says:

    Anyone from here coming to the Boston show? I’ll be there if anyone fancies meeting up (mail me!)

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