The Black Crabs
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The Black Crabs

Seattle, Washington, United States | INDIE

Seattle, Washington, United States | INDIE
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Apr
07
The Black Crabs @ Tractor Tavern

Seattle, Washington, USA

Seattle, Washington, USA

Mar
12
The Black Crabs @ Darrell's Tavern

Shoreline, Washington, USA

Shoreline, Washington, USA

Feb
12
The Black Crabs @ Darrell's Tavern

Shoreline, Washington, USA

Shoreline, Washington, USA

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Discography

"BLAST OFF" - 2005 Full length debut released November 2005. Featuring "Ready, Ready, Ready", "Can't find the Doorknob" and, of course, "Blast Off" as heard on KEXP. This album made it onto KEXP DJs top ten list of 2005.

"13 TIMES" - 2008 The Black Crabs' 2nd Full length CD released on Ravenous Records. Regular airplay on KEXP's "Shake The Shack" (Seattle) and KSER's "Pull The String"
Song list

1. BLACK CAT BOOGIE
2. SAY MAMA
3. ROMEO’S TEACHER
4. NOTHING HAPPENS
5. THREE COOL CATS
6. CARAVAN
7. NOT KNOWING HOW
8. CONGRATULATIONS
9. MESSIN’ AROUND
10. CORNDOG
11. GIVE IT UP
12. THIRTEEN TIMES
13. GOING HOME
14. ROBOT GIRL

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Bio

A lot of people say the same thing about The Black Crabs. "You guys don't sound like anybody else." Sure, there's some rockabilly in there, and some rock and roll too. But there's also swing, jazz, and even a taste of spaghetti western. It's a refreshing update to the "authentic reproduction" approach of the rockabilly genre.

Their second release, 13 Times, is a case in point. The band moves smoothly from the straight-ahead rockabilly sound of Say Mama to the swinging duet Messin' Around. They deftly navigate the Les Paul-eqsue instrumental Caravan. There's even the tune best heard under the Big Top, both because of its country-circus beat and subject matter (quite possibly the first ever song about corndogs). And when's the last time you heard a washing machine as a kick drum? Check out the hidden track.

This mix of genres comes naturally to The Black Crabs. Jonathan Stuart, Tom Forster Jr., and Kirsten Ballweg are experienced musicians and have played with a variety of groups come—60s girl garage (The Hot Rollers), power punk (The Heels), roots (Footstompin' Trio), melodic pop (Nobody Home), and of course swing and rockabilly (The Donettes, New York Jimmy and the Jive Five). Originally formed to back Rockabilly Queen Wanda Jackson, the band was supposed to be only a summer fling. Instead, it transformed into a full-time proposition.

Since touring with Wanda in 2004, the Black Crabs have toured the West Coast and Europe – Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, and Italy. The Trio has played various festivals including; KEXP’s Rockabilly Ball (Seattle) 2005-2008, Bumbershoot (Seattle), The Folk Life Festival (Seattle), International Beer Festival , Issaquah Salmon Days, KSER’s Rockabilly Revival, the Summer Jamboree (Italy), Viva Las Vegas (Las Vegas), and The Rockin Fifties Fest (Green Bay, Wisconsin).Their first CD “Blast Off” was released in 2005 on Ravenous Records. For reviews please visit the website. The band also appears on various compilation CDs.

2011 will bring more touring at home and abroad. And work has already begun for the third Black Crabs CD!