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Oct
30
Crash Kings @ The Viper Room

West Hollywood, California, USA

West Hollywood, California, USA

Oct
29
Crash Kings @ Saint Rocke

Hermosa Beach, California, USA

Hermosa Beach, California, USA

Sep
29
Crash Kings @ Great American

San Francisco, California, USA

San Francisco, California, USA

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Los Angeles power-pop balladeers Crash Kings have a blurb on their AbsolutePunk profile that begins, "Crash Kings sound like nothing you've heard before." It's not true at all. Crash Kings sound like Ben Folds and Jack White joined CK bros Weezer in a Queen tribute band. Look at "Mountain Man," for example. Dead-on White Stripes lead vocals, theatrical piano-driven back-up (hello, Ben Folds) and epic guitar crunch a la Weezer emulating Queen.

"1985" is more funk than rock, emphasizing the Ben Folds angle only to quickly rule it out with harmony so tight it sounds like a clever snake is singing both parts in one supernatural voice. It sound diabolical. Surely you've heard a few diabolical things by now.

So anyway, Crash Kings don't sound like nothing you've heard before. In fact, they sound a lot like plenty. But here's a thought: suppose you were to eat a sandwich made of tuna fish, peanut butter, and caramel. BUT suppose it was delicious. It wouldn't be out of line for you to exclaim, "This is like nothing I've ever tasted before." when in fact, it is exactly the same as three things you've had regularly since you were a kid (four, with the bread). It's the unexpected combination of things that you already like, that gets you shouting. Crash Kings are like that. Try them. Shout a little. - MTV Buzzworthy


"The Crash Kings: Rockin' the Sabbath at SXSW."

"Thin slicing in 10-15 minute increments, I actually covered the spread both times, catching great sets from...the Crash Kings." - Jeff Leven


"This trio puts a new twist on indie-rock, delivering a fresh new sound that will have you singing along, rocking out and asking for more." - Artists To Watch


Number of L.A. bands (5) I heard "industry people" speaking especially glowingly of...The Crash Kings - Kevin


"Crash Kings sound like nothing you've heard before, which is why their motto 'lets give 'em what they least expect' found in the song '14 arms' is so fitting. These two brothers from Boston, Tony and Mike Beliveau and drummer Jason Morris comprise the indie rock band whose first full-length LP release on Custard/Universal Motown is scheduled to debut in May, 2009. Dave Sardy, a legend whose credits include Oasis, Jet, Wolfmother, and the Ting Tings just finished producing the sonic masterpiece. According to Tony, they 'explore a lot of new terrain' with piano, bass, and drums while maintaining hard-hitting hooks to keep the audience throwing their fists in the air." - The Billboard


Discography

Digital single "Mountain Man" released on April 21, 2009 on Custard/Universal Motown.
Debut self titled album "Crash Kings" released on May 26, 2009 on Custard/Universal Motown.

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ROCKING HARD WITHOUT GUITARS

When brothers play rock music they are apt to make a certain magic unique unto itself. Rock’s sibling history has its Everlys, the fist-fighting Gallaghers, and Aussie brothers the Cesters. Now we have Antonio (Tony) Beliveau and Michael (Mike) Beliveau; Tony on keyboards and vocals, Mike on bass. From a long line of musicians, (dad played piano, grandpa played organ) the Beliveau brothers have played in five bands together prior to Crash Kings. It’s no secret; these guys hit hard and play great together. That’s what happens when you’ve been doing something together for a long time.

Of their formation, lead vocalist and keyboardist Tony Beliveau says, “I wanted a trio and my brother Mike and I have such a strong connection and we understand each other musically and emotionally so well; he was my obvious choice.” Add to the sibling synergy the perfect drummer, Jason Morris, and the Crash Kings come together. This is Jason’s third band experience with siblings.

“I knew what I was getting into,” smirks Jason. “...The other two bands with brothers made for a good intro. Brothers have a much closer relationship and are much quicker to fight than strangers or friends who get into a room together to make music. At the same time things move faster because brothers tend to think similarly and ideas get out more quickly.”
When siblings and music collide it makes for what we so casually call “undeniable chemistry.” At times volatile, yes, but no fistfights…at least not on stage. Channeling their passion, they create music so powerful it’s almost a crime—a crime that has been aided and abetted by nothing other than fate itself. Two brothers and one hard-hitting drummer come together to form an ivory-driven power trio firmly rooted in right here and right now; this is Crash Kings.

The Crash Kings’ radical new sound is huge to say the least. Of their vision, Tony is quick to point out, “We wanted to create a band that once and for all could be ‘The Big Rock Sound’ without guitar.” One might wonder…rock without guitar, how is that possible? Well, the Crash Kings have gotten a bit innovative in their quest to create rock with just keys, bass, and drums. With tube overdrive and multiple amps Mike's bass brings heaviness to the band’s sound. On top of that Tony plays a clavinet (a keyboard with guitar strings), which has been customized with a large whammy bar allowing him to bend notes like a guitar producing an entirely new sound. Having these two very unique elements makes the Crash Kings’ music feel raw and full at the same time.

In a few short months after coming together this current yet timeless band was quick to draw the attention of Linda Perry, who immediately wanted to sign them to her label, Custard. Linda’s first encounter with lead singer Tony was during a chance meeting in a restaurant (he was her waiter!). She nailed him as a musician/front man and without hearing a note, encouraged him to take his music and career to the next level. When asked about his brother’s and Linda’s serendipitous meeting, Mike says, “Linda Perry is a true inspiration. A huge success but truly humble and one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met.”

Once Linda and Custard were on board, the band showcased their talent for head of Universal Motown, Sylvia Rhone, who led Crash Kings to Dave Sardy. Sardy produced their self-titled debut on Custard/Universal Motown, which they rocked on their first national tour opening for none other than Chris Cornell. Not a bad start for a rock band with no guitar player.

According to producer Dave Sardy and anyone who hears their eponymous release, Tony, Mike and Jason certainly achieve their aims. Says Sardy, “The Crash Kings are the missing link between Queen and Rage Against the Machine.”

“Dave Sardy is a sonic genius,” boasts Tony. “That’s why we wanted to make our debut with him—incredible sounds. We share the East Coast connection with Dave – we’re Boston, he’s New York. He’s like our older brother. We respect him so much and he respects our musicianship. It made it easy for us to record with him.”

Bassist Mike Beliveau named the Crash Kings. “I came up with the name because we are all very absent minded and accident prone which makes for great Rock and Roll.” Great Rock and Roll? Presumptuous? No – not when you hear tracks like “1985” and “Raincoat.” Along with “Mountain Man” these and all their songs showcase the elements all great Rock and Roll bands share in common—a distinctive singer with undeniable appeal, a rhythm section that makes you move, and songs that are at once familiar yet simultaneously incomparable.

When asked about how they write songs, it’s not surprising to find out most of their tunes start from keyboardist/lead vocalist Tony Beliveau. But for rock that can be at times quite intense, it is a surprise to find out where he starts. “I visualize a place where I feel complete peace - usually a place o