The Great Crusades

The Great Crusades

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandRockAmericana

Tom Waits meets Nick Cave at Elvis Costello's bar where they have a few drinks with The Replacements and AC/DC. All of the songs have stories to tell and voices that demand to be heard. Great soundtrack music on one hand and on the other a kick ass live band.

Biography

In July 2011, Lakeshore Records (Hollywood, CA) released "Who's Afraid of Being Lonely?", which featured "classic" songs from the Great Crusades' back catalog. In October 2011, two of the band's songs appeared in the season 4 finale of the HBO vampire series "True Blood." The band performed in Europe and the U.S. in 2011 and 2012 and also recorded with Chris Estes (Adele, Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz) at Chicago Recording Company.

Boxing Clever Records (St. Louis, MO) will release a seven inch featuring the Great Crusades in late 2013. The Great Crusades are currently working on their 8th studio album in Chicago with Grammy winners Brian Leach and Blaise Barton. It will be released in 2014. The band has already confirmed festival appearances in Europe for a Summer 2014 tour. This will be the band's 20th European tour.

Press Release for "Fiction to Shame" (Glitterhouse Records [Europe]/Frank Octane Experiment [North America])

It's not hard to believe that The Great Crusades have been a band for more than 10 years and have seven albums to their name as well as a career retrospective DVD (Key to the City). The band members' friendships lie at the heart of why The Great Crusades is still a viable, prolific band in 2010. On the other hand, some might say the band is still together only because it took this long to make its best album yet, Fiction to Shame.

Regardless, the personal history of the band is at least partly responsible for its longevity. Although The Great Crusades was formed in Champaign, Illinois, by vocalist/guitarist Brian Krumm in 1996, the current lineup of the band has been together since 1998. The band members have also known each other most of their lives at this point.

Krumm, bassist Brian Hunt, and drummer Christian Moder went to grade school and high school (and played in bands together) in the St. Louis suburb of Collinsville, Illinois. Hunt and Krumm met Brian Leach, guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist, in 1989 in Champaign. Somehow, all four band members ended up in Chicago in 1998, and they've managed to stay together and make great music together to this day.

The first Great Crusades album, The First Spilled Drink of the Evening, was released by Mud Records in 1997, and its sound and lyrics quickly created a cult following for the band. Rolling Stone's David Fricke wrote, "The Great Crusades look at life through a shot-glass lens . . . mixing anger, muscle, and minor-key remorse like a roughneck Tindersticks with the bonus of a singer (Krumm) who's got the tubercular pipes of Tom Waits and Axl Rose's love child." The album was reissued in Europe in 1998 by the German indie Trocadero Records, and the first of many European tours followed.

Damaged Goods was released by the venerated German label, Glitterhouse Records, in 2000, and by Checkered Past Records in the U.S. The critical accolades kept coming with praise from European and American press alike. Never Go Home (2002) saw the band reach a higher public profile when a tour of Germany, Austria, and Croatia was presented by Musikexpress magazine. In 2003, the band gained even more exposure as part of their appearance on the celebrated German television program, Rockpalast.

Welcome to the Hiawatha Inn (2004), Four Thirty (2006), and Keep Them Entertained (2007) followed, each featuring a fresh approach to the band's sound. The band continued to expand its fan base and further build its reputation as one of the most engaging, wildest live bands in the business. Along the way, the band shared the stage with a very diverse list of artists, including Gary Moore, Scorpions, 16 Horsepower, Broken Social Scene, Bottle Rockets, Steve Wynn, and Leningrad Cowboys.

Now, with Fiction to Shame, the band is poised to introduce yet another creative direction to its dedicated following. Written and recorded live simultaneously, this album includes some of the band's most unique-sounding yet accessible songs to this point. Most importantly, however, at the heart of the record lies the sound of four great, lifelong friends making music together as they have for more than a decade.

Influences: AC/DC, The Band, Richard Thompson, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Neil Young, Gallon Drunk, The Jayhawks, The Replacements, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Leon Redbone, Webb Wilder, Morphine, The Smiths, Eric Burdon, The Pretenders, 16 Horsepower, Camper Van Beethoven, Thin Lizzy, The Ramones, Wall of Voodoo/Stan Ridgway, Uncle Tupelo, Nick Drake, R.E.M., The Pogues, Stray Cats/Brian Setzer, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, PJ Harvey, Dwight Yoakam, Echo and the Bunnymen

Discography

The Great Crusades are currently working on their 8th studio album in Chicago with Grammy winners Brian Leach and Blaise Barton. It will be released in 2014. Boxing Clever Records (St. Louis, MO) will release a seven inch featuring the Great Crusades in late 2013. In 2011, Lakeshore Records (Hollywood, CA) released "Who's Afraid of Being Lonely?", which featured "classic" songs from the Great Crusades' back catalog. The Great Crusades released their 7th album on Glitterhouse Records in Europe and Octane Recordings in North America in 2010. Keep Them Entertained (2007) was the band's 6th album since their 1998 inception. Previous releases include: Four Thirty (2006); Welcome to the Hiawatha Inn (2004); Never Go Home (2002); Damaged Goods (2000); and The First Drink Spilled of the Evening (1998). Key to the City (a career retrospective DVD) was released in 2008.

Set List

Our typical set is usually 2 hours long with no breaks, if time allows. Our covers include the following diverse group of songs:

I PREDICT A RIOT Kaiser Chiefs
PURPLE RAIN Prince
DIRTY DEEDS AC/DC
ESQUERITA Big Audio Dynamite
FOLSOM PRISON BLUES Johnny Cash
KILLING MOON Echo and the Bunnymen
MESSAGE OF LOVE The Pretenders
MEXICAN RADIO Wall of Voodoo
MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
ONLY THE LONELY Roy Orbison
PEACE, LOVE & UNDERSTANDING Elvis Costello
STREETS OF BAKERSFIELD Buck Owens
SUNNY AFTERNOON The Kinks
THE SEEKER The Who
WEREWOLVES OF LONDON Warren Zevon