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Another Blast from the Past

The Keys

Yup, they’re still at it too. Anyone going “who?” must’ve mised the Big Background Listening Post from… about this time last year (damn, it really flies, eh?). Anyways, el-Hump-o topped it off, and their curent incarnation of The Keys are in the middle of a big tour. Hopefully they still play Let Your Soul Be Your Guide (play below), but whatever, if they’re playing near you just get down there eh? And get on their Facebook too cos, you know, thats where all those cool kids are at or whatever the hell they do these days. Ahh the good old days when Holly and Sarah were the only Zuckerbergs required…

Treasure Each Day

Waaayyy back in 2006 I mentioned a release by The Love Bus, released by Felicity Burdett, one of the many talented Gold Coast musicians I heard about through Julz who also happens to feature on lead guitar throughout the album.

It’s a great album, with tracks mostly based around Felicity’s two children Sky & Kayla, though at first I figured she was just going on about some pets or something until I found this out. I’ve never heard someone quite so in love with her kids & family as this – see tracks Daughters, The World, and, well, all of it. Without knowing any of them, the whole album makes you feel an intimate part of their early lives. Anyway, Felicity is also one of my favourite female vocalists ever and it’s an album I still listen to more than most.

Going With The FlowThe whole thing can be purchases below, and I’ve attached a couple tracks for the heck of it. – The entire album for purchase. Do it do it do it 🙂 – Yeah, people had MySpace pages, once…

The Love Bus – Tears Like Waterfalls
The Love Bus – Life Is What You Make It
The Love Bus – Treasure

And that was that. Until earlier today, when a random facebook post and a quick google let to just about the saddest news I’ve ever heard. I’ll let Google break your hearts; I just hope Felicity’s doing ok, I’m sure everyone in Aus is looking after her. *heart* If nothing else, they had the most loving (and, hell, talented) mum ever. As Davey just randomly posted – totally unrelated, I’m sure – “Dear world, why are you so utterly + confusing + demonic + barbed”.

The Crimea’s Big Background Listening Post

Just what every Crimea fan needs – a big collection of additional related music, however loosely connected. Here’s some great bands that everyone here likes. Everyone being myself. So… basically bands I like. Yeah. Well. If you got anything someone else likes, comment it up and I’ll add them in. For now though, here’s what you should have been listening to over the past 10 years:

Murry The Hump
No Crimea / Crox fan should in their right mind be oblivious to this band. Formed around the same time in the same place (Aber Uni circa 1996), playing similar music and once touted by Blur as bigger than Coldplay (I say bigger, they just thought Coldplay were shit, and were all over “y Hump” as they say in the valleys.) Their debut Songs of Ignorance LP is also the traditional Crimea after-gig chill-out listening album. And when I say traditional, I mean, only I do it. Tradition enough.

Here’s an added bonus of Matt name-checking the crox in Y Cwps bar, before heading in to the topical New Deal (just after Crox were dropped from V2 I do believe).

No direct relation, other than lead singer Scott Andrews is just about the biggest Davey fan I know, besids myself. So much so Davey even features on their album, in Don’t Drive (Faster Than Your Angel Can Fly).

Llama Farmers
They toured with em, shared fans, and most everyone fancied Jenny. The others are still making music under various names, but here’s their best, which I of course want to tell everyone about…

El Spoonio
Well well. The Crox’s very own bitch boys, El Spoonio, were Pagey, Timmy, some other guys, I forget. Not their tracks though, they were great, unforgettable, “the best song(s) ever”. Something like that. I’m sure the lads, wherever they are, won’t mind the promotion of their never-to-be-produced-again EP, the Big Big Fun EP.

El Spoonio – Lubricous.mp3
El Spoonio – Medieval.mp3
El Spoonio – Dead Man.mp3
El Spoonio – Icecream.mp3

The Fish Brothers
Oft. seen sporting their embossed wears, Davey’s general distaste for other’s music in general tends to fall short at The Fish Brothers. I’m not so sure of them myself, but if Davey’s keen, why not.
Davey in Fish Brothers top.

Dusty Springfield
Well, it’s not quite just the Fish Bros. Davey’s other musical love appears to be the wall of sound of Dusty Springfield. A strange man, our Davey, and we love him for it.

A few of the old Crox board fans seemed to like these guys. Here’s one of the most recommended tracks:

Rachel Stamp
Speaking of which, hardly a day passed without these guys being mentioned. Never looked further in to it myself, but… better late than never?

The Hot Puppies
Another not-so-related band, other than also forming in Aberystwyth. Now off having babies and stuff (who isn’t), these are the only other band bar The Crimea I’ve probably ever bothered to go see live. So they must be good.

Project Winterhaven
Once upon a time, a young lady with amazing skills joined an amazing band and made amazing music. Post gig one day, she pulled a beautiful blue sleeved disc from a pouch, and in one fell swoop proved she’d been amazing long before appearing on these shores. If you though Julz was just good for random riffs, here’s an entire album to prove otherwise. Oh how we were once blessed…

Sarah Howells has one of the greatest voices ever. Matched only by some girl who was singing on the pavement outside my house a few days ago (no shit, really). Anyway, Sarah went on to provide vocals on a load of trance releases, but before then she created the Adam Walton recommended Orange Lights, one of my favourite ever tracks When We Danced (skip to 2nd tune in the album app below), and even had our Owen fill in on drums on their first release Subside EP (get that here while you can from some kind bloke who left a directory open 🙂 ).

Inaudible’s Gig Media

Taken by your’s truely, here’s some stuff to start you off with…

After 5 years, another Webshots album 🙂 Featuring larger versions of all the stuff and more from the live blog yesterday.

Here’s my own YouTube playlist, currently with four of my own vids in, more to come as others upload various shakey-phone vids.


Following the official setlist, here’s a to-be-constantly-updated list of tracks, along with additional vids etc. Sorry the audio’s crap, only so much one can do with an iPhone.. Oh for a Line-Out (hint, rae… 😉 ).

Listening tip: Tracks are fully ID3d for iTunes, if it sounds crap try putting the equalizer on to Rock, enable any speaker’s bass boost, and try to ignore the clipping….

Soundcheck ( M3U Playlist )
Witches Broom
Mid-Air Collisions
Judas Loves You
Beehive Mind

Gig ( M3U Playlist )
Loop A Loop
Last Plane Out Of Saigon (Sorry for the fade out/in, seems an iPhone quits audio recording if switching apps 🙁 ).
Baby Boom
Mid-Air Collisions – (#lolwut @owen’s cock up. Davey: “We’ve been playing together 17 years…” 😉 )
Bad Vibrations – Video Link Here
Beehive Mind
Witches Broom
Judas Loves You – Video Link Here
Requiem Aeternum
Who Knows
How To Make You Laugh
The Only Living Boy And Girl
Famous Blue Raincoat (Acoustic) – Video Link Here
Opposite Ends (Acoustic) – Video Link Here
Lottery Winners On Acid

Background listening 😉 Extra fun for the completist.

Bonus 1:
10 years of the Crimea tonight , live at union chapel for one night alone . Accident Emergency just talk to me , Smile if you still can , theres more to life than tequila killers, visions of your name in flowers, Don’t let the bastards get you down, happy fucking birthday soldiers xxxxxx
Davey’s Facebook advertisement included lyrics from Raining Planets, which I promptly confused with Oliver Twisted due to the re-use of riffs / lyrics. Here’s MP3s to both:
The Crimea – Raining Planets (2nd Album Demo)
Full, mastered, album version (with above lyrics) is available free on the Secrets Of The Witching Hour album at
The Crimea – Oliver Twisted (Original Demo)

Bonus 2:
Former Crimea guitar lead Julz Parker totally killing it in this Tragedy Rocks riff, a composition later to be used in Judas Loves You. The rest of the recording is so-so, but for 30 seconds you have probably the finest, most beautifully haunting piece of recorded Crimea guitar wizardry in existence. But I’m biased.
The Crimea – Tragedy Rocks (MS1 Club 2003) – Performed live at the MS1 Club, Cardiff in 2003 for Radio Wales.

Bonus 3:
The original, the fuzziest, the finest – Opposite Ends accoustic demo performed by Dan Harris and Davey Macmanus, sometime around 2000. Thank you V2 Records and the early naughties for crappy DRM, not so much for bitrates.

As I commented in the comments…

avatars-000007069410-12o8nq-cropHoly. Motherfrigin. Shitbiscuits.

I rarely swear. No really, I make an exception for few things. Stuff Your Cherry Pie being re-released. Owen sitting on the same bench. Hannah Fowler actually existing.

The latter, well… Whilst wading through the surprisingly-little spam since my last visit, one name stands out between Mr Viagra and Drugs-R-Us: Hannah Duncan (ne Fowler).


No seriously, see for yourself:

Apparently there’s photos and stuff to look forward to, so I best get e-mailing, but for now, here’s what the other lot have been up to for the last 15 years:

More @ And if you’re reading this on the Crocketts site you can here some of her (much) older stuff in the player to the right, just hit “Mrs Donnelly (Live Session 1996). Will always get my vote for second best Davey backing vox after Annie (sorry 🙂 ).

Music Recommendations

Don't DriveSorry for the prolonged absense. New menu bar? Meh… Here’s some new music out and about that you must rush down to your local almost-in-administration record store and pick up for a discount price. Like two copies of Nintendo Fallacy for £2 each 😀

The new 7″ vinyl only single from Midasuno, “Don’t Drive Faster Than Your Angel Can Fly”, is out now and available from HMV in a limited edition signed version. Someone cocked up though and it DOES NOT feature The Crimea’s very own Davey MacManus as planned. I’m assured he will be making an appearance on the soon to be released Songs In The Key Of Fuck album.

My DisguiseThis next one is the greatest record I’ve heard in a couple years. My Disguise is a mini album released by Welsh indie band Halflight. Yes they did feature Owen Hopkin on their first release. What… you wanna hear it? Oh hear you go then: Halflight – Where The Pins Drop. Bear in mind that the new album blows it to hell. If “When We Danced” is not the greatest song I hear all year I’ve been playing far too much Ash.

Aberystwyth favourites The Hot Puppies have plenty of new stuff out, including a collection of old singles and a brand new one too. A browse around their site should tell you more than I can.

Here’s a vid of stuff by my second favourite Austrailian artist Lecia. I’m told the drummer only learnt the songs the night before and apparently the stuff sucks. I’d hate to think what that says about my musical taste cos only Julz is better than this. New album out soon too. Maybe I should just go back to the Club and Tim Wheeler.Disco Siberia

Ahh I knew there was something I were missing… Crimea chums, gig support, and the only band I’ve ever seen get a 0 / 10 review (and that takes bloody effort, they’re no Hadouken but give em a break eh?), Swound! have just released their new single Disco Siberia. No sign of Crimea favourite If A Shark Stops Swimming but there’s plenty more to listen to on MySpace. And they have better t-shirts than you.

Now please excuse me while I switch hosting / servers. No updates / comments while we move please…

And Now, A Short Intermission…

She looks so young too 8) Must be getting slow in her old age though cos I’m sure I ain’t heard her play that fast since 😆 It’s from 2002 and yes, yes, I know. Who?

Davey feat. on Midasuno Album

Davey and Scott Lee AndrewsOne of the biggest Crimea fans I know (other than myself, obviously 😉 ) is the lead singer of Midasuno, Scott Andrews. No surprises then when he roped in Crimea lead singer Davey MacManus to provide some lyrics and backing vocals on Midasuno’s new album.
Released 6th June 2007 on Sugar Shack Records, the album Songs In The Key Of Fuck features Davey reciting a small 30 second verse in the religiously inspired lead single Don’t Drive (Faster Than Your Angel Can Fly). Here’s what Scott had to say about the duet…

”I’d played guitar on a track at a Crocketts gig a few years back, and being one of my favourite bands, I tried to stalk and keep in touch with them. Davey joined us onstage during our cover of “Lucifer” at Cardiff’s Compass Point Festival in 2003, and since then the seed was planted with the idea that he might join us on a recording in the future. Being a massive fan of Davey’s songwriting and especially his lyrics – I heard the “Someone’s Crying” (Taken from The Crimea’s “Tragedy Rocks” Album) and realised that the sentiment was lyrically very similar to that of “Don’t Drive….”. That cemented my idea and having approached him, he kindly accepted and helped contribute to one of the proudest moments I have had since the band started – not a lot of people get to work with their heroes…”

For previews of Midasuno’s previous ‘Til Death Do Us Party EP, check out their MySpace page.

Seeking Spektor

Regina Spektor - We Love HerThere I was, checking out Regina Spektor’s website forum to see if anyone’s mentioned The Crimea yet, when I come across a few people slightly confused over exactly what connection she has with the band. Well, far from some kinda English-Russian love orgy, she happened to meet up with the band waayyy back in 2005 (see photos) and recorded a small poem of Davey’s which features on an old gig recording (available here as Opposite Ends (Live at St. Louis) ). Originally the band planned to include the recording on the new album, but this never happened due to legal reasons (a DMCA takedown would be enough no doubt, damn yanks). Feel free to discuss legal issues surrounding the inclusion of an individual’s voice on a non-commercial album release in the comments. But you never know, one day maybe some clever, mpaa/riaa hater will edit the stuff back in. Now I just gotta get this site’s hosting moved outta the States…

Other Bands? What Other Bands?

We Heart MusicNot known to keep my dirty affairs with non-Crimea bands secret, I’ve been surprisingly quite about other musical groups lately. That’s because I’ve been invited to advertise them over on Vox blog We?Music. So far I’ve managed to get out posts on Halflight, Sia, and Aberystwyth minions Da Grubby Adipose Flange, but there’s plenty of other great band recommendations by others too. Eventually there’ll be some Crimea stuff, but not until the new album release. Speaking of which, tune in to Radio 1 tonight if you just can’t wait.

Worship & Adore

My new old new favourite band Halflight say:

We’re supporting The Crimea @ The Queen’s Hall in Narberth on 26th May. Yay! x

Yay indeed. Have a listen to their gorgeous song Worship on their page.

PS. Another Colin Murray Crimea track in just over 3 hours.

Andy Norton w/ Charlotte Hatherley

Charlotte HatherleyLast Thursday The Crimea’s lead guitarist Andy Norton performed live with ex-Ash member Charlotte Hatherley during her Radio 2 session with Janice Long. You can check out the show’s tracklisting and listen again (up until this Thursday, when I’ll stick some MP3s up) at Janice’s web page (skip to 30 mins in). Andy only really speaks once, mentioning The Crimea recording their album in Latvia and Janice says they could come in a play a session once it’s released. Thanks for the info, Phil.


HalflightOwen lent his percussion skills to Halflight a couple years ago for their first EP release. I hadn’t listened to them for ages until a couple days ago when I heard ‘Worship’ on Fucking hell, I feel my first album purchase in years coming on… Check out more on their MySpace page. Gotta go, I’m burning my tea and my free fon router just turned up :o)

More Radio Play

First time I’ve seen this in a while… The Crimea were played on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show (albeit ages ago, Jan 10th) thanks to Gary from Snow Patrol who hosted the thing while Zane was away. The tracklisting says he played Man, which you can hear over on The Crimea’s MySpace page.
Keen readers who happen to both live next door to The Windmill in Brixton, and read this within the next 30 minutes – Joe should be playing with Morton Valance during their gig tonight. Hopefully anyone near heard it on myspace ages ago. I heard I died on myspace ages ago. Just waiting for it to come true, like. Meanwhile YouTube unfortunately says very little on Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Just need to find me some pixelated LED light art and both my wishes come true at once. Kabooom :o)
And while they’re up, get vids of Louise Wener (ex-Sleeper front lady) on Celebrity Poker Club while she’s they’re hot. That has nothing to do with The Crimea by the way. But lord knows I don’t write anything about them any more. Maybe I’ll get a Crimea tatoo. It’ll remind me. Get infected. Writhe on the floor in agony. Listen to Eels. Why do I keep missing Mock The Week? Fucking stupid TV schedules…

London Sprawling! Fancy A Slice?

Bethelehem! Madrid! Riga! Ashby De La Zouche! Can you hear us?

We’ve a few freak-fests coming up before we pile on the pounds at Chrimbo. There’s the Snow Patrol date, a show at swanky new venue Neighbourhood and our own XXXMas show at The Enterprise. Here’s the details, spread the word of the lords…

18 December – Neighbourhood, London
Free before 8pm, a fiver before ten and seven after that. We’re on-stage at 10.15pm. There’s even talk of some record spinning, but ask yourselves one question: are you ready for Saxon’s ‘Wheels Of Steel’ or Budgie’s ‘Breadfan’? Of course you are. More details about the club here:

19 December – Wembley Arena
With Snow Patrol. All hail Gazza Lighbazza. This show is sold out though. Sorry for getting your hopes up. We’ll probably be getting jacked up and hitting the stage at about 7pm. We were born to play arena rock.

20 December – Enterprise, Camden
As we don’t get invited to normal Christmas parties, we make up for not being able to photocopy our arses or make inappropriate passes at our boss, by having it large at Camden’s finest jar emporium. Tickets are ?5 on the door, in advance from the pub, or on the phone: 020 7485 2659. It’ll be the stuff of legend. Again.

Buy Now! Pay the morning after.

Lots of love
The Crimea.

Also from that page: “We Love You – Lats And Lats”

“We’re in Latvia. The album’s almost done. It’s bloody freezing. Still, there’s a table tennis table upstairs, a hardy Welshman (Greg Haver) mixing downstairs and a lot of hair-pulling as the final bits of recording get done by everyone else in the live room. Seven more days and it’s done. In the can. You’ll be blown away. And that’s a guarantee, chief.”

And one other thing from Myspace…

News that the Coopers Arms has reopened under new ownership:

Okay, make that two…

People who’ve been to gigs in Aber within the last few years might be familiar with Pagan Wanderer Lu, purveyor of fine back-bedroom indie with a nice line in lyrics. Everyone else should check him out too, as he finally has a label-released CD out — details and sample tracks here: