Straighten the Crooked

Straighten the Crooked

 Lafayette, Colorado, USA
BandMetalPunk

We play sludgy stoner metal... It's occasionally up tempo but mostly mid to slow and heavy. I guess if you mashed up early Sabbath with The Melvins and threw in some Kyuss for good measure it might resemble what we're trying to do.

Biography

Matt and I (Zach) started playing together in August of '09 after being in a few local bands in the past. Matt was the guitarist for Holley 750 and I was the bassist for Detrimetal and Spent (Ft Collins). We started out writing punk rock songs and auditioned a handful of drummers with absolutely no luck at all... Four months rolled by and we were kinda losing faith but then Geoff came along and brought the awesome. He'd recently moved to Longmont from Arizona where he was the drummer for Hell Rancho and brought the heavy, powerful drumming that would change our music.

We'd been long-time fans of bands like Sabbath, Sleep, Kyuss and Electric Wizard, but it never occurred to us to write that stuff. We got together to write punk rock songs, right? But as soon as Geoff came along we wrote some riffs, dropped to D, wrote some more riffs, tuned to D, wrote some more riffs and now drop to C on most of our songs and quite simply do our best to rock the fuck out. At times we're spacey, at other times straight ahead, but mostly we respect and channel the power of the riff. With one show under our belt in front of a packed house at the 12 Volt Tavern we think we're doing it quite well in our short existance.

Influences? I guess we all grew up on punk rock and metal. Most of what we play comes from there but we all like roots rock/Americana type stuff too and my folks were hippies so I grew up listening to a lot of Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, and Who records. Influences come from everywhere.

Discography

We're recording in June!

The songs you hear here are recordings of rehearsals through our Tascam DP004. A lot is lost in these recordings but I guess they kinda give you an idea of the sound.

They're also on our myspace page...
www.myspace.com/straightenthecrooked

Set List

We have 7 songs written and 1 almost done with no covers at this point. We've kicked around the idea of playing covers but it's not a priority at all.

Our set is a little over 30 minutes at this point but we write a song or two a month so we can probably have 45 minutes easy within the next month or two.