Ross Crean/ Jetset Apathy

Ross Crean/ Jetset Apathy

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Ross Crean has chronicled his tumultuous relationships in his upcoming release titled "Lovers and Other Kinds of Monsters", out now on iTunes! His emotional vocals, combined with piano and drum programming, have drawn comparisons to Tori Amos,

Biography

Singer/songwriter Ross Crean has just released his third CD titled "Lovers and Other Kinds of Monsters". Showcasing his baritone voice, unique songwriting, and flawless piano, Crean cites his two major influences during this recording were Tori Amos and Tool.

When those who know him are asked to describe Ross Crean in one word, the one word that is never uttered is "normal". Indeed, his life in music and words has been quite atypical, even compared to artists that thrive both inside and outside the music industry. His attachments to rock, folk, opera, celtic, and other world musics have drawn him up to be somewhat of an enigma to those who can not quite grasp what he creates. "When it comes to the creative process," Ross said, "I just do what comes naturally, whether it is writing, recording, or performing. There really is nothing to get. It's just who I am."

Having a great passion for music and singing, Ross began training in several vocal styles in his teens, including rock, opera, sean-nos (old-style Celtic singing), and Indian and Middle Eastern vocal ornamentation. In college, he began his professional career as a classical bass-baritone, but his emphasis in that field switched quickly to avant-garde and twentieth century classical music. His three-octave range brought him several opportunities to perform pieces that required considerable vocal acrobatics. By the age of 25, Ross had performed with the Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco, and Moscow Symphonies, as well as the Parisian Chamber Consort.

Longing for more musical adventures, Ross founded the now-defunct Tremera's Theatre, a world music ensemble that gained much critcal acclaim in Europe, primarily in France and Russia. Ross' part-operatic-part-folk voice lead many fans and critics to compare him to the much-loved Dead Can Dance vocalist Lisa Gerrard. At the same time, he was also performing solo with his own compositions in Europe. The emotionally-violent compositions "Missa Dementia", "The Mysteries of Uncle Archibald", and "Xenophysius Obscura" gave Ross a lot of critical acclaim in Europe. "The one thing I learned from those couple of years," he said, "is that the audience WANTS to be moved. It doesn't matter if it's happy or sad or complete devastation, as long as there is some emotional connection with what they are hearing and seeing."

Always desiring the live audience connection, Ross started performing at much more intimate venues, with his voice, a guitar, and a piano. The experiences lead Ross to make the music he makes now: part folk, part rock, part world influences, and extra noise thrown in. "I honestly don't know what to call it." he said, "Anti-folk, folk rock, pop folk, whatever...it's music. That's all I want to consider it as. Open labels lead to more open minds, in my opinion."

With two E.P.s under his belt, Ross most recently released his first full-length CD titled "This Too Shall Pass". The record is part live material, part studio material, and many tracks are both at the same time. This continues Ross' typically unconventional approach to recording and performing. "During the last three years, many friends and fans have commended me for the energy I put out in my live shows, and I wanted that kind of energy in this record," Crean said, "so I dug up some live recordings I had from my last tour in 2004, and my co-producer and I decided to take that material and build up additional instrumentation and vocals to see what would happen." The result is a haunting album displaying Crean's deep and powerful (and at times ethereal) voice. His competency as an artist becomes extremely evident when his voice, combined with his honest and bold songwriting, covers not only the usual topics of love and loss, but also the shakiness of matrimony, weakness, after 9/11, self-hatred, and prostitution. Crean, however, approaches some of these topics poetically, leaving some listeners baffled. "Some people don't like the way I bring things across", Crean laughs, "but that's how I choose to say the things I say. I like the occasional bout of obscurity and cryptic-ness. It makes people think. It makes ME think."

Yes, he's certainly making us think.

Having a great passion for music and singing, Ross began training in several vocal styles in his teens, including rock, opera, sean-nos (old-style Celtic singing), and Indian and Middle Eastern vocal ornamentation. In college, he began his professional career as a classical bass-baritone, but his emphasis in that field switched quickly to avant-garde and twentieth century classical music. His three-octave range brought him several opportunities to perform pieces that required considerable vocal acrobatics. By the age of 25, Ross had performed with the Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco, and Moscow Symphonies, as well as the Parisian Chamber Consort.

Longing for more musical adventures, Ross founded the now-defunct Tremera's Theatre, a world music ensemble that gained much crit

Lyrics

The Hounds

Written By: Ross Crean

Once I was a blackbird in my primeAnd flew the trees of Brantry wood.
Twas then I spied some huntsmen riding by
And a girl along with them traveling by foot.

They had her hands behind her back
With crosses they were tied
And when they stopped, they told the girl to run
if she still wanted to survive.

(Chorus) The hounds were soon to be behind,
And nevermind the guns.
Girl, you better run,
'Cause if you're found, you'll lose your life
And then the devil's won,
So girl you better run.

I came upon a clearing in the wood and caught the maiden's eye.
She cried, "Li'l bird, in Mother's holy name, would you please undo these ties?"
So I swooped down and freed her feeble hands, to her elated sighs.
She said, "Bless you, bird. Now fly and show the way to the river or I'll die!"

It was then the dogs came closing in
With appetites for blood,
And the girl ran quickly after me
To the river she was speaking of.

(Chorus)

We swiftly reached the water's edge,
The girl's arms out at her side.
And as if she had a pair of wings,
She took right off into flight.

Discography

Live from the Underground Chapel E.P. - out of print
This Too Shall Pass - Out now at CDBaby.com!
Blackwater - Out now at CDBaby.com
Lovers and Other Kinds of Monsters - Out now on iTunes and CDBaby.com

Set List

A typical show usually lasts an hour and a half consisting of two sets, though I can do an show straight through. I have, however, done shows lasting two hours consisting of two sets.