THE CRIMEA

Blogger “Lint” has posted a review of The Crimea’s gig at Fibbers in York to his blog World of Lint. You can also find a link to some photos and another post about a review of the gig from the York Evening Press in the same blog.
Tragedy Rocks gets a good review in the Caps And Spelling blog.
And the opening track from the album, White Russian Galaxy, is mentioned in the Feed Me Good Tunes blog.
Another track from the album, Baby Boom, is mentioned in an article on Brazil’s UOL.com. So a good excuse for it being in Portuguese.
Name check time, and the official Camden Town website has an article mainly on why a night out in Camden is so fun, but starts with a pic of Davey and a mention of the band.
JT LeroySomething a little different, Indigo Flow’s review of Robyn G. Sheils’ album where the reviewer compares her voice to that of Davey MacManus’s.
Instead of some music, I have a recommended read of the day for you, which would be anything by JT Leroy. Davey’s a known fan, so check out the man’s website or blog, you never know what interesting things you might find.

If you want to see my happy side…

I went to see The Crimea at Fibbers on Friday night. I’ve been a fan of the band for several years but have never had the chance to see them live before. I was also a bit of a fan of the singer’s previous band, The Crocketts. Back then, he went by the name of Davey Crockett, which is frankly a silly name unless it’s your real one.

The Crocketts never really hit the big time, which was a shame because they had some great songs. I think my favourite was Will you still care?, a song as radio-friendly as they come, apart from the excessive swearing in the chorus. Though the swearing was fully justified within the context of the song, (kind of an update of The Beatles’ When I’m 64), it did make it hard for the song to garner much radio-play. Oh, well this was eight years ago – I should move on and get over it.

But if you can track down the song, it’ll be worth your while. I recommend the version from the Hello and Good Morning EP rather than the re-recorded album version. It’s better.

So The Crocketts got through two or three albums before disbanding. I never got to see them live, though they did play Norwich whilst I was living there. Unfortunately I was in Bristol at the time so couldn’t go. I should get over that too. After disbanding, some time passed (probably. I’m guessing some of this) and Davey made a new band and started to use his proper surname of MacManus.

The Crimea put out a few great singles back in 2003 (two of which made it into my super-fantastique Top 20 of 2003. Then a while later I tracked down the album, which was a self-recorded one which may have been personally mailed to me by band member or a friend of a band member. That must have been in late 2004? Now, nearly a year later, they’ve just put out a re-recorded version of the album (with a partially different track-listing) and so I had to buy it again, but at least they are also touring, and hence I was able to witness their goodness on Friday.

It was a pretty good gig in the end.

Review by Lint from the World of Lint blog , 20/11/05.

I read the news today, oh boy

I bought the local paper today. Not because I wanted it, solely because the woman in the shop gave me two free Kit-Kats (worth twice the cost of the paper). I didn’t really need the chocolate either, but hey, a bargain’s a bargain. I didn’t realise at the time but the paper also contained the autumn issue of a glossy Yorkshire wedding magazine. It features lots of pictures of brides in wedding dresses, that sort of thing. I wasn’t too impressed with this until when flicking through I found that it also contained lots of pictures of hot girls in bridal lingerie. Result. Good articles too. Ahem.

I thought I’d give you a summary of some of today’s local news. I promise, none of this is made up. In no particular order:

6. A very positive review of The Crimea: “The Crimea’s sound is similar to The Crocketts’ intoxicating brand of apocalyptic folk-punk, hushed and introspective one moment, fierce and lacerating the next. Macmanus’s voice sounded better than ever, all husky soul and strangled yelp.”. I wish I’d managed to write that, rather than “It was a pretty good gig”.

Review by Lint from the World of Lint blog , 21/11/05.

The Weekly, Volume Twenty Four

Album #2:

Tragedy Rocks (UK Version) (The Crimea)

Like the Babyshambles record, this is fairly straightforward fare. But where Down in Albion is gleefully rough and disorganized, Tragedy Rocks backs up its slightly derivative but very tuneful nature with a lot of precise instrumentation contained within well-considered arrangements. The album’s 10 tracks are uniformly tight and offer great mix of twee pop’s unabashedly lovelorn lyricism, the subtle musical ironies of modern alternative power pop (think, maybe, Brendan Benson and his ilk) and the memorable riff-based songwriting typical of the best classic rock. The result is a well-produced, rather cinematic rock sound: mainly guitar-driven, but incorporating some nice, delicate touches as well, particularly the contributions of keyboardist Andrew Stafford — check out “Opposite Ends” and the Morricone-like “Someone’s Crying” for evidence. Though some of bandleader Davey MacManus’ lyrics might be considered almost laughable (in “Baby Boom,” he sings “You can call me Fred Flintstone / Tarzan king of the jungle / I guess I was a little prehistoric / at your place this afternoon”), he sings them with infectious conviction over some downright fantastic melodies. It also helps that MacManus has one of those intriguingly grainy voices that turn standard pop/rock songs into something a little stranger, a little more vulnerable, a little more mysterious. On Tragedy Rocks, he’s not a traditionally strong vocalist, but in the same way that Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo is a great guitar player in a band that doesn’t call for that particular skill, MacManus seems like he could be a fantastic, tuneful singer if he wanted to be. In the case of Tragedy Rocks, that’s not what was called for, and his gruff baritone fits the music perfectly.

Review by Punk is Dead from the Caps And Spelling blog, 14/11/05.

WHITE RUSSIAN GALAXY
The Crimea
Tragedy Rocks [2004]

The Crimea are another mob of tuneful Limeys, with a sound reminscent a little of the Shins and other power-pop twenty-somethings. They’ve been around for a while under various names (The Crocketts) and, after floundering and getting dumped from British label V2 back in 2002, they consolidated their musical portfolio and emerged in their current form. Sure to be welcome between any hip youth’s ears much as at yer grandmother’s tea party, this quirky quintet is where today begins and yesterday ends. This is a catchy, infectious track opening their album “Tragedy Rocks”, and believe me, if tragedy does indeed “rock”, then consider the Crimea at the front of the queue.

Review by JT from the Feed Me Good Tunes blog, 17/11/05.

Pop Link traz lan?amento de Stereolab e novas bandas inglesas em grava??es ao vivo

O programa Pop Link ? dedicado ao melhor da m?sica independente. Todo s?bado, ?s 18h, uma nova edi??o vai ao ar e fica dispon?vel na R?dio UOL para ser ouvida a qualquer hora.

Veja abaixo a lista de m?sicas que fazem parte desta edi??o:

The Crimea – “Baby Boom”
Depois de lan?ar tr?s singles –o primeiro deles em 2002, os demais em 2003– a banda inglesa The Crimea chegou finalmente a seu primeiro ?lbum, “Tragedy Rocks”, com can??es que trazem belas melodias e letras melanc?lias.

Rought Translation:

Pop Link brings the launch of Stereolab and new English bands to you in this review

Below is the list of music that is part of the current Pop Link show:

The Crimea – “Baby Boom”
After launching three singles – the first of them in 2002, the rest in 2003 — English band The Crimea finally arrive at their first album, “Tragedy Rocks”, with songs that bring beautiful, melancoly melodies and lyrics.

News post by Pop Link from UOL.com, 18/11/05.

venues – intro


The Crimea, fronted by Davey Macmanus, recently demonstrated their own brand of slick and timeless rock at the Barfly.

There aren?t many places in the world where you can spend one night out and have the luxury of such a wide range of different music venue choices. Camden Town provides not only a diversity of alternative shops and restaurants, but its pubs, clubs and bars, new and old, have something for the fussiest of patrons.

With a well established history of music, Camden has foundations stronger than most music locations on the globe. Books have been written and movies have been made to document its historical glory and all have so accurately embraced the street culture of the markets, which are the heart beat of this booming community.

One day and night out in Camden and the musical experience will be etched on your mind for ever.

Article by Sam Hooper for the Camden Town website.

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