THE CRIMEA

It’s Been A While…

Sorry about the lack of updates over the past week. I’ve been busy out trying to find copies of yet another Crimea re-release. And do Woolworths stock this one? Do they ‘eck. Still, I hear Andy’s Records in Aberystwyth are gonna be stocking a little extra Crimea goodness next month. Oh how I laughed when I first heard…
More randomness, Lottery Winners On Acid was number 10 in CD:UK’s MiTracks chart last week. Fifty tracks were nominated by the presenters, voted for online by viewers, then a preview of the top ten shown on the ITV show. And yes, I missed that too.
So, LWOA reviews then. The Stereo Effect have one, and say “[The Crimea's] ability to write such a smoldering slice of beatific pop has made us grin like idiots”. Good for them. I just look like one. Optimum Impact also like the single, saying it’s “a great chill-out tune” and giving it 3/5.
The single’s so good it’s even single of the week over at the 7 Digital download site, where you can download it along with the album and previous/forthcoming single (aren’t they all :o |) White Russian Galaxy.
In time for the re-issue of the album, NTL World have one of those “Look, we can review real bands too!” type reviews. Who cares, they say it’s good, which is good enough.
Tragedy Rocks UKWessex’s Online Scene site goes a little further with a whole interview, and also stick the band’s pic on their front page.
Various places have gig news/previews up. This Is London’s one comes a little late for the Windmill Show, but you can read Cambridge News’ preview just in time for Wednesday’s show at The Soul Tree, and The Guide’s one could also persuade you to get along to Peterborough’s Met Lounge on Thursday.
That just leaves me time to mention two things. 1: THE RUDDY ALBUM LYRICS PAGE IS DONE. Thank God for that. Comes with all new lyrical contributions from the old Tragedy Rocks album comp way back when. And 2: does anyone know who that bass player is who keeps poping up on tele with Ah-Ha and that shite lot who were on Blue Peter earlier today? If you do, you probably know why.

Single Reviews

The Crimea’s latest single, “Lottery Winners on Acid” (Warner), as in ‘as happy as…’, is at first listen the stuff of a childish gaze – quirky at best, but listen further and you’ll find a charming ditty rooted in the dusty Americana that sprouted Bright Eyes et. al. It’s no surprise that the b-sides sound like Conor’s lost A-sides, and The Crimea’s Davey MacManus bears more than a striking resemblance to Omaha’s finest frustrated voice. But that doesn’t by any means make The Crimea less worthy of our praise, for their ability to write such a smoldering slice of beatific pop has made us grin like idiots.

Review by Karen Piper for The Stereo Effect, 09/01/06.

Singles

The Crimea ? Lottery Winners On Acid

Released on January 9th, Lottey Winners On Acid is the debut single from The Crimea, taken from their first album Tragedy Rocks.

This single is a refreshing, cute and hazy glimpse into the mind of writer and published author Davey Macmanus. The song is really laid back and easy going, the lyrics unique and thought-inducing, the vocals husky and honest.

This isn?t quite a dance-floor melody but a great chill-out tune nonetheless. I like this very much and hope to hear more from The Crimea very soon.

* * *

Review by Emma for the Optimum Impact e-zine issue 10, January 2006.

SINGLE OF THE WEEK

The Crimea
Lottery Winners On Acid

From the much admired album ‘Tragedy Rocks’, this sun soaked beauty will have you humming all the way to your hammock (and beyond). Make sure you turn the heating up and don’t look outside!

SOTW listing from 7 Digital, 30/01/06.

The Crimea ‘Tragedy Rocks’

They may possess one of the most deceptive names imaginable for a 21st century band, but The Crimea do have an eye for a song title.

If their name conjures up images of handle-bar mustachioed rockers just one cap-sleeved T-shirt short of Spinal Tap, then songs like White Russian Galaxy or Lottery Winners On Acid more than make-up for any aesthetic shortcomings.

One of the late John Peel’s favourite new acts, the band first came to the attention of Travis’s singer Fran Healy, though their music owes little to the campfire melodies of the Glaswegians. Instead, The Crimea make inventive power pop of a West Coast bent, which veers wildly between end of pier carnival anthems and Smashing Pumpkins-esque alt-rock.

With a refreshingly unique ear for melody and off kilter instrumentation, The Crimea pose a danger to both The Flaming Lips and Radiohead, who could struggle to win back their alternative crown.

Release Date: 30/01/2006

Review taken from the NTL World website, 30/01/06.

Interview with The Crimea

When The Crimea frequented the fantastic Railway Inn in Winchester last month, The Edge popped down for a quick chat with Owen and Joseph on alternative urinary devices, Fern Cotton, and ?talking b****cks??..

-Where did the name The Crimea come from?
“There wasn?t really any scientific method to it, we looked for a name without any other associations. Obviously it has relevance with the war, but we thought it could be linked quite easily with the music we were producing. It seemed the most serious and most apt.”

-Would you say you take your music quite seriously then?
“Definitely. There are not many things we take seriously but yeah definitely our music. Davey has a good lyric to describe it: ?honest despair with a wry smile?.”

-Would you swap it for a 9 til 5?
“No way, f* *king hell no! We?ve all done 9 til 5 jobs before, and we wouldn?t trade it. It?s just as hard being in a band though, waking up at the crack of noon and trying to decide which t-shirt to wear?. Seriously though, we are a pretty hard-working band I would say.”

-What?s it like touring, do you get on each other?s nerves?
“Definitely. It?s a bunch of seven guys travelling around in a van. We?re with each other twenty-four hours a day, getting very little sleep, eating badly and probably abusing various substances. It really is a recipe for falling out. We had a great journey from Coventry on Saturday though, everyone decided to get a bit tanked up and we were using condoms as sort of portable urinary devices, and just generally talking b****cks! Then the flipside is that you?re on top of each other all the time and you just get a bit ratty and annoyed with each other.”

-How does it feel to be one of the last bands championed by John Peel before he died?
“Well he?s extremely well-respected, and I think people appreciate his taste. We?re definitely proud to be associated with him, and I personally have always enjoyed listening to his festive 50. I think ?Baby Boom? was number 8 last year, which just completely blew me away. He was amazing, he was just really encouraging and supportive. You just really need that little bit of recognition that you?re onto something good sometimes.”

-What do you think about the UK music scene at the moment?
“What I really like about the music scene now is that bands are doing something really a bit different, and playing huge shows and breaking into the charts. It wasn?t like that fifteen years ago. Bands like Bloc Party who haven?t made a hugely commercial album are managing to sell thousands of records, and similarly with bands like Franz Ferdinand.”

-When you were dropped from the V2 label as The Crockets, did you think it was the end of your music career?
“No not really, because even after V2 went pear-shaped we still carried on. It was never gonna be The Crockets again, but the songs that Davey was writing were too good to turn your back on. It was just a matter of regrouping and having a bit of a break, then really getting stuck in again. I?m happy that The Crimea is being seen as a band in its own right though, it has nothing to do with The Crockets and I?m glad that we?re being judged on the merit of the new material.”

-Are The Crimea superior to The Crockets then?
“To be honest, I think our album ?Tragedy Rocks? absolutely s**ts on anything The Crockets did. I enjoyed The Crockets and I?m enjoying The Crimea, but if I can be pretentious: as a piece of art I think ??Tragedy Rocks? is far superior.”

-Where did the album title come from?
“Well there was originally a song called ?Tragedy Rocks?, which ironically isn?t on the album. ?Tragedy rocks, misery rolls, disaster stands on my doorstep? was the lyric. I think it sort of captures the mood and the subject matter as well. There?s no denying the fact that people just love misery, people love a crisis. I think it?s a universal human trait.”

-What can we expect from the second album then?
“It might be a bit more rocky. We might also tone it down a little bit. We recorded the first album in the house with a big sixteen track recorder, and we got a bit carried away and just started stacking the tracks up and up. The last batch of demos we recorded – we sort of reacted against that slightly and concentrated on recording things properly, rather than using loads of tracks to cover the sonic flaws. It might be a little less layered than the first album, but this is all subject to change.”

-Do you see The Crimea destined for the charts or are you happy playing smaller venues and smaller crowds?
“I think we?re definitely going for the stadiums and the charts, we?re trying to go as big as we can really. The reality is though, we?re on Warner Brothers now and if we don?t sell a significant amount of albums then we?re in trouble! I think the songs on the album are good enough for the charts though. Yeah I?m up for Top of The Pops, bring on some Fern Cotton!”

Interview taken from the Wessex Online Scene website, 26/01/06.

The Crimea have yet to hit the big time.Rock stars in waiting

The Crimea – a five piece from London – must be wondering why they’ve yet to hit it big. They’ve done several things right, winning the praise of the late John Peel for one of their early singles Lottery Winners On Acid (the great man called it ‘one of the best songs I’ve heard in years’) and getting noticed at South By Southwest in 2003, which promptly won them a record deal with Warner.

Their musical references are in good shape – the invigorating, widescreen rock of last year’s debut album Tragedy Rocks takes in early My Morning Jacket and the overwrought gothic vision of the sadly neglected Six By Seven – while Davey MacManus’s spine-tingling songwriting is stuffed with enough twisted hooks to hang an entire wardrobe on.

MacManus himself tends toward lyrics of the dark, bleeding heart variety which his band are unafraid to translate into equally impassioned performances, although, as Peel himself spotted, they are also more than capable of knocking out a great jangly pop song.

Despite this, things have gone relatively slowly for the band, with the release of Tragedy Rocks barely raising a whimper. Yet with the re-released Lottery Winner scoring a No. 31 hit earlier this month – hey, it’s a start – The Crimea’s slow burn campaign is starting to work. Catch them tonight, help them on their way.

Tonight, Windmill, 122 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton Hill SW2, 7.30pm, ?5 (limited availability). Tel: 020 8671 0700. Tube: Brixton

Gig preview by Claire Allfree for the Metro, 24/01/06, taken from the This Is London website.

Waging war on the top forty
JOHN Peel favourites The Crimea arrive at the Soul Tree on Wednesday clutching their new top 40 hit Lottery Winners on Acid.
It’s been a long time coming but this band are starting to get the recognition they deserve. They started life as The Crocketts in 1998, released two albums in three years and toured with the likes of The Stereophonics and The Levellers.
They were then dropped from their label and took to the studio, emerging chrysalis-like a few months later with a new name, a couple of new members and a new album, Tragedy Rocks,which drew comparisons with Mercury Rev, Leonard Cohen and even Dusty Springfield.
They have continued to produce quirky guitar pop since and were voted into the top 10 of John Peel’s Festive 50 in 2004 .
Last week their single Lottery Winners on Acid reached number 31 in the charts.
The night will also feature all the usual indie disco shenanigans from the Club Goo DJs.

Gig preview taken from the Cambridge Evening News, 26/01/06.

Chance to see the latest ?buzz? band
The Crimea @ The Met Lounge, Thursday, February 2

The CrimeaLAST week saw a single that the late great John Peel described as ?one of the best songs I?ve heard in years? dip into the top 40.

Now The Crimea, the band behind the number 31 hit Lottery Winners On Acid, is coming to the city to show why the buzz around them is justified.

The five-piece, which is playing at the Met Lounge, in Bridge Street, on Thursday, is based around singer and guitarist Davey Macmanus, formerly of Welsh punks The Crocketts.

He carved out the songs that form the band?s debut album Tragedy Rocks following a string of low-paid menial jobs living in the East London ?hood of Plaistow, and a few years on the road with his former band which also featured journalist and current drummer Owen Hopkin.

Owen said: ?We want to be a timeless rock band, lyrically, musically and aesthetically.

?I don?t want to be pretentious and compare ourselves to the Beach Boys, but we really like Brian Wilson?s term ?pocket symphonies.? We?re trying to do something that isn?t just drums, bass and guitars. Something intricately woven, but always sort of skewed.?

The rest of the band, Andy Norton on guitar, Andrew Stafford on keyboards and backing vocals and Joseph Udwin on bass and backing vocals, joined them and the new band was born.

Critics have compared them to The Flaming Lips, and they have also earned support slots for the likes of Kings Of Leon, Dashboard Confessional and Ash.

Carrying on the John Peel link their third single Baby Boom was placed at number eight in his 2003 Festive 50, beating the likes of Maps by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes, while Lottery Winners On Acid got to number two last year.

They finally got a break into the big time in 2004, after playing a blinding set at the South By South West festival in Austin, Texas, which got them signed to Warner Bros.

Supporting them is another band that you should check out ? Clearlake who have just released their third album Amber this month, the follow-up to their previous critically acclaimed albums on Domino Records, Lido and Cedars. Don?t miss it.

Gig preview taken from The Guide website, 17/01/06.

Added to the The Crimea category/s. Follow responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

6 Responses to “It’s Been A While…”

  1. Denyer says:

    > THE RUDDY ALBUM LYRICS PAGE IS DONE

    The LWOA b-side lyrics are on my site anytime you wanna copy ‘em. Not like you need to ask. :)

  2. gay teens says:

    WOW!! GOOD WORK! LIKE IT -gay teen boys

  3. gay men says:

    Hello! Very good work! -black gay men

  4. buy tramadol says:

    I glad to see a good work! Good! -buy 180 tramadol online cod

  5. xanax says:

    Hello! Good WORK! -xanax

Leave a Reply