Gig Updates & More

People In PlanesPeople In Planes have been confirmed as The Crimea’s main support for the full UK tour, along with The Heights. The gigs page has been updated to reflect this and other minor changes. Also, the New York gig has been rescheduled to next year due to the UK press going mad over the album and keeping the band occupied over here.
Tragedy Rocks is now available as a download from for ?8.90 (that’s 9p less than the full CD from HMV) but they also have plenty other Crimea stuff to download too.
And if you need some convincing before purchasing, Flotation Suite say the album is a “jem of a debut” in their review.
Continuing their promotion of The Crimea, Channel 4′s Slashmusic blog mentions the free Out Of Africa download.
To the blogs: You Ain’t No Picasso mention them with a link to an MP3 and someone on MySpace also gives them a high recommendation.
And here’s something from the site that brought us such artistic one-liners as “The Crimea used to be The Crocketts who were a crock of shite”… Norman Records, unsurprisingly not the band’s biggest fans, still find time to say something nice about the album. “Aint too bad” I think are their words :o )

The Crimea – Tragedy Rocks

Having toured with Ash, The Bravery, Keane, Travis and The Kings of Leon to name but a few, The Crimea’s pedigree certainly isn’t in question. On debut album Tragedy Rocks, they simply enforce their standing as one of the best new bands to look out for.

Their press hype them up to have an “instantly identifiable yet unique” sound, and it’s hard to argue that. They sound a bit like a lot of bands you’ve heard and liked, but you’d struggle to compare them to any particular group. Their jingly jangly sound will appeal to the mainstream, and the darker mood of the lyrics will have music purists purring into their fancy drinks as well. If you’re not sure what you’re letting yourself in for, have a look through that earlier list of bands they’ve supported; if you can tick three out of the five as “likes” then you’ll be happy here.

As lead singer Davey McManus howls his way around the 10 tracks on offer, the ears automatically prick up, eager to hear more. Losing My Hair sounds like The Supernaturals singing on top of a Coldplay riff. Don’t let that put you off – it’s well worth a listen.

Stand out tracks here include the very tingly Lottery Winners on Acid, the melancholic Baby Boom and the fantastically brilliant Girl Just Died. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone, and with the five piece heading out on tour in the next month or so, they look well worth checking out live as well.

Whilst the title of the album is Tragedy Rocks, The Crimea had better hope that success is just as enjoyable, as that’s where they look to be headed after this jem of a debut.

Review by Andy Fury for Flotation Suite, 25/10/05.

Crimea river of free music

The Crimea have sprung from the bowels of Welsh cow-punk shouters The Crocketts.

However, as the band themselves promise: “If the Crocketts were four cavemen banging stones together, The Crimea are the sound of four Tchaikovskys banging Kylie Minogue.”

We’re guessing they said that before, y’know, the bad stuff happened. But anyway, are they right? Well, why not take a wander over here and find out with an exclusive – free! – download.


News post by Channel 4′s Slashmusic.

The Crimea

I found The Crimea through one of Filter Magazine’s glorious mix cds. “Lottery Winners On Acid” in particular sounds like Badly Drawn Boy floating through the streets of London in an ecstasy induced spree. If nothing else, it’s a fun little ditty for your Friday morning.

News post from the You Ain’t No Picasso blog, 12/08/05.

The Weekly Review (14 Oct 2005)

Not sure why Warner Bros have signed The Crimea. Anyway here they are a few years after a couple of decent-ish singles with a brand new album. Its catchy Brit -pop – some people may remember the ‘Lottery Winners on Acid’ single which is nicely lop sided and so is the early stand out on this record. The rest of it aint too bad – radio friendly indie rock a bit like Travis I suppose.

News post by Norman Records.

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One Response to “Gig Updates & More”

  1. Denyer says:

    > "jem of a debut"

    And there’s nothing like a gem of an animated eighties girl band to set the pulse racing… :-D

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