Something Old, Something New

Now that the Witching Hour news assault is over, here’s a few things that have been around a while but never had the privilege of a mention on…

Way back in 2005 The Crimea played a live acoustic session for the WOXY radio station in America. Strange then that it’s taken me until now to find this page on the website with a 24 MB MP3 download of the whole session. Check it out for some old Crimea classics, then check out the Flickr page with pics of the band recording the session.

Baby Boom CD CoverFeaturing a number of reviews and photos from different Crimea gigs is the eFestivals Crimea page, including a link to this review from last year on the eGigs site. If you fancy a more personal experience, there’s also a partial upcoming gig listing with links to online ticket outlets.

There’s also a review of the Pleasance Courtyard gig last year up on the Skinny Mag site, which says of Davey “part Rain Man, part Bright Eyes, but good enough to rival the very best”.

And finally there’s an old single review of Baby Boom up on Caught In The Crossfire, and a White Russian Galaxy single microsite at Video-C.

One more, Iain points you towards Plus One Magazine who have a review of a 2005 gig up. Go to Review Archive then search for “crimea”, or just hit more to read it.

Young Knives / Lorraine / The Crimea
Newcastle Academy on Tuesday 1 August 2006

Some things just don’t mix well. Vodka and orange, chalk and cheese, oil and water, obscure indie bands and in your face corporate sponsorship, those kinda things, which is why the alarm bells should have been ringing before I set foot inside the venue tonight for Virgin Mobile’s hideously named ‘Pre V Gig’ at Newcastle’s Carling Academy, but the lineup of The Young Knives, Lorraine, and The Crimea was promising, and having seen all three bands recently, I was pretty certain I could safely expect a great gig.

The Crimea were first up, and for a band that are usually so full of energy and enthusiasm, they seemed distracted and distant. The fact that the crowd could not have been more disinterested if they tried may have played a major part in that, but it cannot be denied that the band had a great chance here to make an impression on a large crowd, and they blew it. The great songs were still great – ‘Lottery Winners on Acid’ and upcoming single ‘Baby Boom’, but after seeing the same band put on such a great show at the Latitude festival just two weeks ago, this was unfortunately a disappointment.

Article by Tommy Jackson for eGigs, 03/08/06.

The Crimea @ Pleasance Courtyard, Aug 25

Part Rain Man, part Bright Eyes, but good enough to rival the very best

If there was an award for most awkward stage presence at The Fringe, then Davey MacManus of The Crimea would romp home to victory. However his performance here, part Rain Man, part Bright Eyes, is good enough to rival the very best. In the intimate ambience of The Pleasance Courtyard the artists formerly known as The Crocketts treat those lucky enough to have stayed up late to an acoustic set that highlights just how damn good their music is. The acuteness and invention of MacManus’ lyrics is much more coherent in these surroundings. The suffering behind Someone’s Crying is more affecting, the eloquence of Baby Boom more audible and the surreality of fans’ favourite Lottery Winners On Acid evident on a different scale. The Crimea’s choice of covers (Fleetwood Mac’s Everywhere and John Lennon’s Jealous Guy), are a clue as to just where they fit in, somewhere between the former’s naive loved up state and the baneful neurosis of the latter.

Rating: 4 / 5

Baby Boom is out now

The Crimea

See also:

The Crimea – Blessed By The Mark Of Peel

Article by Finbarr Bermingham for Skinny Mag, 04/09/06.

THE CRIMEA – Baby Boom

The Crimea have been simmering underneath the radar for a few months, relentlessly touring and working on the new album – but with the release of the atmospheric, multi facetted Baby Boom, they have the weapon with which to really crack into the mainstream. Baby Boom, a mainstay of their stunning live shows, sets your senses alight with twinkling keyboards, soothing bass and wailing, almost crying, guitars combining with Dave MacManus’s edgy and breaking vocals. The lyrics are both comical and tragic ‘we’re just a bunch of buffalos, getting slaughtered’ is closely followed by the wonderfully comic chorus lines of ‘You can call me Fred Flintstone, Tarzan King of The Jungle..’. It’s an inspirational wide sound, every piece of the jigsaw fitting together for a track that is both melancholic but strangely uplifting, a dark sky lit by sparkling stars. The Crimea are one of the hardest working bands out there, and well deserving of success. Baby Boom is a great showcase for them and it’s little wonder it’s been Track of The Week on Radio One – and with their slot at V Festival, here’s hoping they’ve won over the crowds.

Article by Jane Hawkes for Caught In The Crossfire, 11/09/06.

THE CRIMEA+People In Planes+The Heights @Glasgow Barfly 11/11/05

It’s a pretty horrific night to be out, but then, it is November, and Glasgow’s not famous for it’s bright sunny climes, so we can live with running to get to the barfly early, rather than enjoying a walk in the pissing wet.

By now the barfly’s filling up nicely and free jagermeister is being handed around to help get us into the mood, so when The Crimea take to the stage, most of the crowd is psyched up, or at least a tad tipsy. Baby boom starts off the proceedings nicely with singer McManus’ slightly breathy, wheezy voice slipping in between the piano arpeggios and glissando guitar line nicely. the lyrics are cute n kitsch, and you can’t help but find them sliding off your tongue towards the end of the song, from there they move almost seamlessly into my favourite track, ‘white Russian galaxy’ about the age old problem of understanding the opposite sex. It bounces along and you can’t help but find a smile spread across your face at the simple pop hooks of the line “who knows what goes on in her pretty little head..” and the rhythms making your head nod. From there the set settles into a similar pattern of songs from ‘tragedy rocks’, ‘the miserablist tango’, piano led semi-power-ballad, with McManus nearly whispering into the mic, and layers of guitars upon guitars is a fantastic highlight towards the end. However much of the set is pretty same-again, and I’m mildly disappointed when they go to leave the stage.

The encore is imminent, when from the ceiling a curtain of bubbles from a bubble machine floats out over the crowd, and Davey gets down from the stage to perform opposite ends, one of the tracks from the Lottery winners on Acid E.P., with its spiraling guitars arpeggios and organ and piano obbligato, translates well, and the rest of the band truly get into the song themselves, and build up for Closer Lottery winners on Acid, while bubbles rain down upon the crowd, it seems a fitting end to this truly unusual set.

My gripe however is just the lack of consistency in material, some of the songs melted away like snowflakes the minute they ended, its one of the only things that spoils this really well performed set. Still, i think good things can still come out of this band, and I’m looking forward to seeing just what.

Article by Heateher Robertson for Plus One Magazine, 27/11/05.

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