Crashing Metropolis
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Crashing Metropolis

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF
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"Divergent bands crash into Altar Bar with new albums"

Sometimes a band starts with the singer. Sometimes he's the last piece of the puzzle.

In the case of Crashing Metropolis, Mike Geary came along just at the right time.

"We all met at the University of Pittsburgh," says guitarist Michael Kesneck, "and started writing music together, and after some unsuccessful endeavors, I was about ready to hang it up. This was right around the time of the big Craigslist boom, and Mark [Grode, the bassist] decided to post an ad for a lead singer. After weeding through an overwhelming response of demos, Mike was at the top of the list. After we auditioned him we called off the search."

Geary of Connellsville was sent home with two tracks of songs in progress and returned the next week with two full-blown songs, "Forgive Me" and "It Won't Be Long."

They're the opening tracks on Crashing Metropolis' 13-song debut, "I Hope I Haunt You," which will be released this weekend at Altar Bar.

Crashing Metropolis is the kind of heavy, angsty band that belongs on the playlist alongside Breaking Benjamin, 3 Days Grace and other commercial alt-rockers (and has gotten airplay from The X).

"We all grew up in the grunge era," Kesneck says, "so '90s bands like Live, Bush, Stone Temple Pilots and Soundgarden all hold a special place in our heart. I think that is the basis of our inspiration."

The band spent a year writing the songs, and another year in production and recording with producer Sean McDonald (The Clarks), whom Geary says even went over everything with them, even music theory. Once the addition of Geary got the band rolling, Kesneck says there was a natural progression that can be heard right on the record.

"The songs on the album appear in the order they were written. They illustrate where the band was personally at the time each song was written and follow a chronological path from our inception to completing our album. The subject matter reflects everything from relationships to the economy to sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll."

Ultimately, Kesneck says, the theme of the album is motivation.

"The journey the album takes tells the story of rebirth through overcoming obstacles -- a message the band believes in and hopes the listener can take away."

- By Scott Mervis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


I Hope I Haunt You / 2009



Crashing Metropolis is an alt-rock band from Pittsburgh, PA. The band has performed as direct support for national touring acts Sick Puppies, Egypt Central, Cinder Road, and Red. They realized early on that nothing worth having comes without a great deal of hard work. After a year of writing and rehearsing original material the band hit the studio with producer Sean McDonald (GRAPEVINE, THE CLARKS) to record their debut album I Hope I Haunt You.

I Hope I Haunt You is one of the most refreshing rock albums in years. In the tradition of bands like Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, and Seether the album includes an arsenal of heart-pounding, fist-pumping songs that will capture the attention of anyone who hears it. In addition to crowd favorites “It Won’t be Long,” “Bite your Tongue,” and “Wasted,” I Hope I Haunt You will include a number of new tracks like the spiritually motivated “Cold Hard Rain,” the crowd participation anthem “Green,” the never-say-die “To Be Sure,” and finally the tongue-in-cheek “Sugar” which plays on the old saying “when life hands you lemons.”

The title track of the album, and potentially one of the most poignant songs on the disc, “I Hope I Haunt You” tells the story of relationships gone wrong. All good rock albums come from pain and suffering, however, this song takes a somewhat different approach. Unlike typical break-up songs, the bands lyricist and lead vocalist Wildman certainly isn’t longing for a heart felt reunion. The chorus asks for no such reconciliation “I hope I haunt you. Everywhere you go and everything you do. Every moment, every day since you’ve driven me away.”

I Hope I Haunt You is the light at the end of the tunnel for Crashing Metropolis. The album will take the listener on a journey the band has been traveling since its inception. The lyrics tell the story while the music lights the way. The tracks on the album appear in the order in which they were written to illustrate this story.

I HOPE I HAUNT YOU (track listing)
1. Forgive Me
2. It Won’t Be Long
3. Bite Your Tongue
4. Who I Am
5. Wasted
6. Cold Hard Rain
7. Sugar
8. Green
9. Power
10. I Hope I Haunt You
11. Let Go
12. To Be Sure
14. Wildman

The albums lead off singe, “I Hope I Haunt You,” is a testament to that process. The song pulls you in with its thundering intro and holds on for the duration with its memorable melodies. The song speaks to hard work paying off and the bands dedication to their craft.

Crashing Metropolis is very proud of the single and has filled the rest of the album with percussive rhythms, sharp hooks, and haunting lyrics that will have you singing along by the second chorus.

The album is available now! ( / iTunes / The title track “I Hope I Haunt You” is posted on their website and has been met with a great response from fans, radio, and critics alike.

Call your radio stations, tell your friends, and come out to see the show, because you will not be disappointed.

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