Crash Kings is a three piece alternative rock band missing one key rock element, a guitar. The band is lead by keys player Tony Beliveau who plays piano and supplements the lack of guitar with a clavinet, with a castle bar. The castle bar (the band has one of nine in the world) acts as a whammy bar bending the notes on the clavinet to manipulate a guitar sound. Along with heavy bass from Michael Beliveau and Tommy Rose on drums the band has been able to make heavy and intricate rock music that so closely mimics a guitar that even their mastering engineer, Grammy award winner Bob Ludwig, was fooled and complimented the band on the killer guitar sound on their last record (of which there is none). They’ll be in the northwest for four shows in February. Click HERE for a chance to win tickets
Although, known for their crushing live show it can be difficult to imagine a heavy keys driven band. These two radical videos Evolution of Guitar – with no Guitars and Evolution of Guitar – with No Guitars II should help you visualize it.
Crash Kings w/ My Goodness & Dude York
Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo – Tuesday, February 3th(w/Dude York)
Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret – Wednesday, February 4th(w/Dude York)
Seattle, WA @ The Tractor Tavern – Thursday, February 5th(w/Dude York)
Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre – Friday, February 6th
The band is best known for their debut, self-titled album produced by Dave Sardy that spawned the hit “Mountain Man” that reached #1 on the Billboard’ Alternative Chart and garnered over 500,000 downloads. The success of the record lead to their music being featured in movies such as Zombieland, Warren Miller’s Dynasty, performances on the Jimmy Kimmel and George Lopez shows, and tours with Chris Cornell, Anberlin, the Bravery, Stone Temple Pilots, Jet, Rooney and more. The bands follow up Dark of the Daylight, produced by Nick Lanuay (the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire, Nick Cave etc.) was released in late 2013 was called “a sign of maturation for a fledging band, who are definitely forward thinking and injecting some creativity into your standard fare hard rock music,” by Alternative Nation.
“LIVE NUDES” EP
After making these two huge studio albums the band has decided to get back to basics and do something unheard of, for them, create a stripped down album, recorded live with no editing or overlays. The band has equated this process to “catching lightning in a bottle,” focusing on the magic that happens when playing live. The recordings were so good the band decided to release an EP calling it Live Nudes. They decided to keep the release of, Live Nudes as intimate as the recording, and the EP is only available exclusively for fans via Pledge Music for a limited time.
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With its feet firmly planted in the roots based side of the rock genre My Goodness is one of the bands that seems to be on a lot of radar screens in the northwest lately as one to to watch. Their music is also spattered with influences from Nirvana to Murder City Devils and appeal to an array of music fans. Most importantly these guys are extremely talented songwriters and musicians. Andy Lum is probably one of the best drummers around and singer/guitarist Joel Schneider has a very unique vocal style and his guitar work is fantastic. They also recently expanded their lineup to a three piece, adding Cody Votolato on bass (he’s also in the Blood Brothers).
The Seattle-based blues/garage rockers that have been around since 2011 will be playing several dates with Crash Kings that includes four shows in the northwest in early February.
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Dude York will also be appearing at the Vancouver, Bellingham and Seattle shows.