The Crimea

The Crimea

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Intricately woven guitar and piano lines journey to the center of frontman Davey Macmanus’ warped cranium. Dusty Springfield, Leonard Cohen, The Flaming Lips and Pixies all spring to mind, but they would – it’s forward thinking, imaginative, boundary pushing and classic.

Biography

Bon Scott was right. It’s a hell of a long road to the top if you wanna rock‘n’roll. Just ask The Crimea. Formed in the summer months of 2002 with two ex-Crocketts (scraggly punkers reared on chaos and confusion) and an eight track machine, The Crimea began life in Plaistow, London’s Hamburger Hill. Fuelled by the disease-ridden streets, populated by knife-wielding hooded youths, the vision slowly took shape. It was an exploration into the dark recesses of love and lust; a journey on intricately woven guitar and piano lines to the center of frontman Davey Macmanus’warped cranium. Dusty Springfield, Leonard Cohen, The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev and the Pixies all spring to mind, but they would – it’s forward thinking, imaginative, boundary pushing and classic.

Tours with Ash, Kings Of Leon, Travis, Primal Scream, Stereophonics, Dashboard Confessional and other mere mortals have seen the band forge a die-hard following. Three singles have come, leaving an indelible mark on pop’s landscape and disappeared into the hearts of thousands. “Lottery Winners On Acid”, “White Russian Galaxy” and “Baby Boom” received airplay on various shows at Radio 1, Radio 2 and XFM. “Baby Boom even made no. 8 of John Peel’s Festive Fifty - The White Stripes and their Seven Nation Army failed to invade the top ten.

Awards and plaudits have come thick and fast - The Pop Factory (Wales’s own Top Of The Pops) gave them a “Best New Band” gong in 2003, The Independent have named them “Ones To Watch” in 2004, and Big Cheese included Macmanus in a fashion spread.

And there’s more. Powered by the band’s debut album “Tragedy Rocks” (scheduled for June 2004 in UK), the South By Southwest Music Festival in Texas was the first stop on a global assault. Ireland will fall soon after. And then? Well, who knows? It might have taken less than two years to get this far, but it’s been five lifetimes-worth of preparation and they ain't finished yet by a long shot. On rock’s big highway, this particular juggernaut is set to run and run.

See The Crimea at T In The Park on July 9th & V Festival in August (21st & 22nd).

Discography

Title: “Baby Boom”
Format: CD
Label: Boobytrap Records
Release Date: November 17th 2003

Title: “White Russian Galaxy”
Format: CD/7”
Label: Double Dragon Music
Release Date: June 2nd 2003

Title: “Lottery Winners On Acid”
Format: CD
Label: Shiny Beast
Release Date: November 25th 2002

Set List

Set list (in no particular order):

Lottery Winners On Acid
White Russian Galaxy
Baby Boom
Weird
Opposite Ends
The Great Unknown
The Miserabilist Tango
Allah Was Wrong
Tragedy Rocks
Bad Vibrations
Bombay Sapphire Coma
Things To Avoid In the Next Life
Someone's Crying Lord

Sets are between 30 minutes for support slot to 55 minutes for headlining slot.