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The best kept secret in music


"Crosstide Are So Hot Right Now"

You probably didn't hear it here first, but let's pretend you did: Crosstide will be HUGE. And not just because they just got a single, "Talk Radio," into NRK's regular rotation, and are, according to front man Bret Vogel, talking to "every record label that there is right now." No. I have utmost faith that Crosstide is about to explode because when I see them onstage, everything--Vogel's crooning vocals, Rian Lewis' ass-tight guitar playing, the anthemic climaxes in every song--screams one thing: "These guys have their shit together." Once referred to strictly as emo, Crosstide has evolved. They still have Bret Vogel's tortured croon, and those sad, sad lyrics, but now it's all in support of a greater cause: straight-up rock. Matt Henderson's driving percussion fuels Vogel's unstoppable melody hooks, and the band's trademark, U2-riffic climaxes are bigger than ever.

Justin Sanders, 08/12/04 - The Portland Mercury


"Talk Radio" can be heard on KNRK, KNDD, and KEXP.


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Originally, Crosstide formed in reaction to the commonplace hardcore punk music of the Northwest. "All of us previously played in hardcore and punk bands," says Bret Vogel, "And we appreciate the ideals of punk rock, but grew bored of that sound and wanted to create something distinctive-we became the opposite of the bands we started in."

With its name spawning from Pablo Neruda's poem, Waltz, which describes a rough current surrounding a calm spot in the ocean, where all is still-a perfect metaphor for the Crosstide sound: lush vocal melodies surrounded by bright atmospherics and sweeping guitars.

After releasing their first EP, Crosstide quickly became a top act in their hometown of Portland, Oregon-regularly selling out shows. Soon after, they released an LP entitled 17 Nautical Miles on Rise Records, and Ignition Records in the UK. Success of this release, combined with constant touring, resulted in a tremendous following and support from regional media, including The Mercury, KNRK and Seattle Weekly.

In addition to Crosstide's success at home, they already completed numerous west coast tours, a grueling three-month US tour, and a long, hot drive down to Austin to play Emo's mainstage at South By Southwest. "We drove to Austin on two days' notice," Vogel recalls, "and barely made it in time for our show, but it was worth it."

This trip proved to be the band's most important to date, because it was shortly after that show, they were quickly introduced to acclaimed producer, R. Walt Vincent (Pete Yorn, Liz Phair, The Format, etc.).

"From first listen, I knew I had to see these guys live," says R. Walt Vincent, "I remember first receiving a 5-song demo that Crosstide recorded in their basement, and I noticed a maturity beyond their years. Their music possessed wide range of dynamics-all with a genuine excitement, passion and emotional quality I found absent in much of today's music. They're the real deal."

"Walt came out to see our show at Spaceland in LA," continues Vogel, "We highly respected his work with Pete Yorn, and were all eager to meet him. We hit it off great, and soon found ourselves discussing recording plans with him."

With vocals of Bono-like proportions and striking melodies that echo the likes of early U2, New Order and Ride, Crosstide's songs become a part of the listener-they demand your attention.

Late last year, Crosstide began work on their sophomore album with R. Walt Vincent. Recently, Crosstide opened for the likes of Franz Ferdinand and Nada Surf. Additionally, Crosstide is the first unsigned band to have a single in regular rotation on KNRK in nearly a decade, with music also on KEXP and KNDD, and are poised to be a breakthrough act in 2005.