THE CRIMEA

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AndyEmbarrassing? Check. Incriminating? Check. Andy with a stupid hat on? Well, not this time… On stage, off stage, back stage, upstaged; The Crimea feature in a myriad of photos taken by Doris Henson’s drummer Wes during the Billy Corgan tour. Check em all out at dorrishenson.com.
Tragedy Rocks has a release date. Again. The latest guess comes in from MusicTAP who mention it’ll be getting a limited release on September 13th. I’d give you a link but all existence of the info has seemingly disappeared from their site. Which probably says quite alot about the reliability of said date.
There’s a small review of the band in PlaybackSTL’s review of the Billy Corgan show at St. Louis, and a much larger mention in NightTimes.com’s review of the same show, who say “They?re a Goth?s dream”. Which is much better than the Eminem comparison. Hit more to read them.

Billy Corgan
w/Doris Henson and The Crimea
July 7, 2005
The Pageant, St. Louis

The possibility of time travel is fascinating. While there is no physical portal, who can deny the possible intangible one? Billy Corgan?s first solo show in St. Louis could have very well been just that. Surrounded by white light, synthesizers, and technology, he looked new age, and yet his bald head and that ever-specific voice epitomized the musical past.

First there were the opening bands, Doris Henson and The Crimea, vaguely different, yet familiar. Doris Henson looking small on stage, commanding the growing audience buzzing with anticipation and drinks of a retro nature?Tom Collinses, perhaps. Ironic, maybe, but Doris Henson felt memorable. This was the portal sound to the past, a world of ?80s influences and campy, melodic music. And if our next stop was the present, then The Crimea held on tight to 2005. London-based and influenced, with a bit more edge then the other 376 British bands currently on the radio, The Crimea played tug of rope on stage, spitting out music from rock and screams to sounds of sweet nothings. Eclectic and now, you could say.

Review by Carey Kirk for PlaybackSTL.

Billy Corgan’s TheFutureEmbrace Solo Tour in St. Louis

How many ways can one define ‘excitement’? That was the mood the night of July 7th, when Billy Corgan revisited St. Louis–his first live show since playing with the Smashing Pumpkins at the Saavis Center in 1997.

Next up was London-based band, The Crimea?the big surprise of the night. Surprising because live, this band sounds nothing like their new CD, Tragedy Rocks [Warner Bros.]. That?s not a good, or a bad, thing. On CD, the band sounds like The Clash if they were playing pop instead of punk-ska. Live, lead singer Davey Macmanus comes off as far more dramatic and intense. Seen live, The Crimea is a dark, lush-sounding band, full of wild, big guitar and LSD overtones. They?re a Goth?s dream.

It?s too bad that live shows don?t get the lyrical content across, though, because Tragedy Rocks is worth picking up, if only for the amusement factor of the lyrics. Songs like their, ?Lottery Winners On Acid,? (If she likes the black stuff / I like the black stuff too / If she gets a disease / I want a disease / If she goes tripping / I go falling over) and ?Howling at the Moon?: (On a scale of one to ten / let?s pretend that life?s a six or seven are really enjoyable.)

Review by J. Gordon for NightTimes.com.

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