Clearly showing no signs of slowing down, here’s the the web’s latest Secrets Of The Witching Hour news.

Todays only review comes from the Dorset Echo who say “It’s just beautiful – invigoratingly strange, limitlessly imaginative and powerfully atmospheric”.

Wall Street JournalBiggest article of the day goes to the Wall Street Journal who mention the current download total (now up to about 28,000). The other big publication giving the release a nod is the Wired tech blog.

A smaller mention comes from the Exitfare blog by someone who’s clearly not just a fan of the music. The Corporate Anthems blog adds more fuel the “he’s Elvis Costello’s son” rumour which I’ve seen far too much of already. give the release a very quick mention while AOL add a new pic to their paragraph.

If you’re frankly fed up of all this Crimea news and just wanna vent your anger, here’s the perfect opportunity at the Oh No They Didn’t celeb news blog, who have the strangest idea that the album ain’t so great to them. Oh well, can’t win em all, but numerous readers their did at least download it, which is frankly the whole point of the release.

And where would you be without an article you couldn’t understand? No, it’s not more of the above critics, it’s the German MusicChannel site with… erm… a bio I think.. it has album news anyway.

Music Reviews

Bang to rights

Speaking of unclassifiable contemporary bands who simply haemorrhage quality, The Crimea are back on the case with an utterly beguiling new album, Secrets Of The Witching Hour (Free, Two, One).

It’s just beautiful – invigoratingly strange, limitlessly imaginative and powerfully atmospheric. Vocals are ragged and ghostly, guitars are dizzyingly blurred and the sum of all the parts is an album which leaves an indelible impression and simply demands repeated listening.

Best of all, you don’t even have to take my word for it. In a bold and laudatory move, The Crimea are making the album available online, absolutely free. A CD version will still be available in record shops for fans who would prefer a “physical format”, but the band are encouraging everyone to follow the free download route – “a brave, innovative new business model that places the emphasis back squarely on artistic development and control.”

The album is yours to download at from May 12, and I can’t urge you strongly enough to seek it out. You have nothing to lose and, trust me, a world of wonders to gain.

Review by Marco Rossi for the Dorset Echo, 11/05/07.

Online: Music

An indie band offers its album on the Web — free

A new album is building buzz on music blogs for its upbeat sound, wistful lyrics — and unusual price.

The Crimea, a U.K. indie-rock band, is offering its second album, “Secrets of the Witching Hour,” as a free download on its Web site. In the week since its release, it has been downloaded about 25,000 times. The band’s plan is to use the music as a loss leader: If the giveaway expands the band’s audience, it could pay off in stronger sales of concert tickets and merchandise. Starting next month, CDs will be sold from the site.

[Crimea]The approach has occasionally been used by other bands before, but this album has been distinguished by strong online reviews. The group, which has been compared to the Flaming Lips, expands on its Brit-pop sound. The infectious “Bombay Sapphire Coma” features lines such as, “I want to go to the white fluffy clouds and start the happy days.”

Warner Bros. released the band’s debut album, which yielded a popular song, “Lottery Winners on Acid,” and sold about 35,000 copies, predominately in the U.K. But when Warner dropped the band in the fall, the Crimea decided to self-finance this follow-up.

Paradoxically, the band says it hopes that its campaign could lead to another major-label deal. “I don’t want to burn any bridges,” says drummer Owen Hopkin. “I love the music industry.”

HOW TO FIND IT: Go to and click the download link.

Article by John Jurgensen for the Wall Street Journal, 12/11/07.

New Crimea Album Available as Free MP3s

Thecrimea_050807British indie rockers The Crimea have made their new album, Secrets of the Witching Hour, available as a free download on their site. Despite scoring big last year with top UK single “Lottery Winners on Acid,” the band was recently dropped from a deal with Warner Music. Undeterred, the quintet self-financed a series of new recordings, which feature a guest spot by Regina Spektor, and opted to give the collection away online. The idea, says drummer Owen Hopkin, is to spread the gospel as far and fast as possible.

“We want to harness the power of the internet. If it’s on there for free we’ll reach more people than the orthodox route of selling the record.”

So far, Witching Hour has been downloaded more than 15,000 times. A CD version of the album is also available from The Crimea’s site.

Article by Eric Steuer for Wired, 08/05/07.

The Crimea + Shows in Boston This Week

Back in 2005, I totally flirted with one of the members of The Crimea. They were opening for Billy Corgan on his solo tour and I was probably one of the only people in the audience who had heard of them. After the show, I got to talking with this one dude in the band and slyly worked my game. I was like “you guys are named after my favorite nineteenth century war” and he was all like “that’s cool.” Then I was like “I’ll be in London in a couple of months” and he was like “here’s my number, we should get together.” True story. I never called him.

All stories of my A game aside, The Crimea are a really solid, inventive band that has been creating pretty dynamic music for a few years now. If you’re not familiar with them, they play a brand of alternative rock that combines elements of the melodramatic and the psychedelic into something positively explosive. Last week they released their third album, Secrets of the Witching Hour. You can download it below. For free. From their official website. Make sure to listen to my favorites first — the quiet stunner “Requiem Aeternam,” the trippy “Bombay Sapphire Coma” and the raucously lush opener “All Conquering.”

[Myspace] The Crimea
[Free Album Download] Secrets of the Witching Hour

Article by Beth for Exitfare, 07/05/07.

The McManus Gang

Having been dropped by the major label on which they were widely tipped for big things at the start of 2006, The Crimea are releasing second album Secrets Of The Witching Hour for free, currently downloadable at low quality with the ‘proper’ version going online from 22nd May. A good excuse, we reckon, for something from singer Davey McManus’ previous band The Crocketts, namely a single re-recording of a track from their second, last and best album.

The Crocketts – 1939 Returning
From The Great Brain Robbery

Oh, and it was the name of a one-off project by Elvis Costello and most of the Pogues, if you’re wondering.

Article by Simon for Corporate Anthems, 08/05/07.


It pays to give music for free

Give it away, give it away, give it away now.

It’s a strategy that more and more musicians are turning to, as they try to skirt the struggling music industry and try to make their case directly with their fans. The British rockers The Crimea, who released their last album on Warner Bros., have made their new album, “Secrets of the Witching Hour,” available for free download on their Web site,

The plan is to use the free music to get more fans to concerts, which is far more lucrative to bands than the small percentages they get from album sales.

Article by Glenn Gamboa for, 13/05/07.

The Crimea

Band releases album for free!
The Crimea are to release their second album, Secrets Of The Witching Hour completely free to download on 14 May. The album, which features Regina Spektor, will also be available to buy on CD, but the band hopes that the free download experiment will pay off in terms of increased fans and revenue created through touring, while side-stepping the record labels.

- Download The Crimea with iTunes
- Search: The Crimea

Article from AOL, 04/05/07.

The Crimea


Gegründet wurde The Crimea von Geoff (Bass), Owen Hopkin (Schlagzeug), Davey MacManus (Gesang, Gitarre) und Andrew Stafford (Keyboards). Das war im Juli 2002. Joseph Udwin kam einige Monate später und ersetzte Geoff am Bass und übernahm zusätzlich den Hintergrundgesang. Julia Parker übernahm zwischenzeitlich die Leadgitarre, verließ die Band allerdings und Andrew Norton übernahm. Soweit zur Besetzung.

Die Band ging aus The Crocketts hervor, welche 1998 einen Plattenvertrag bei V2 unterschrieben hatten. Innerhalb von nur drei Jahren hatte man mehr als 30 Veröffentlichungen, darunter zwei Alben: “We May be Skinny and Wirey” und “The Great Brain Robbery”. Trotz einiger Erfolge wurde die Band 2001 wegrationalisiert.

Also nannte man sich The Crimea, so wie Raiders Twix heißt, und versuchte es alleine. Die Band veröffentlicht “Tradgedy Rocks” was ihr Vergleiche mit Dusty Springfield, Leonard Cohen, The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev und den Pixies einbrachte. Die Helter Skelter Agency (Coldplay, Ash, Eminem, Robbie Williams und Queens Of The Stoneage) nahm sich der Band an. Man tritt auf dem legendären SXSW Festival in Austin/Texas auf. Die Kritik jubelt.

Laut Nicorola hat es die Band allerdings noch immer nicht geschafft, einen neuen Vertrag zu ergattern. Drum brachte man 2007 schnell “Secrets Of The Witching Hour” heraus und veröffentlichte es schlicht zum kostenlosen Download. Der Musicchannel dankt.

Bio from The MusicChannel, May 2007.

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