CRASH KINGS w/ IKARUS DOWN, SEMI VINYL at Mad Planet
Crash Kings give rock 'n' roll a tune-up on their recently-released sophomore album 'Dark of the Daylight.'
Rather than employ the same old tricks of the trade, the Los Angeles trio breathes new life into the genre. There's no guitar, nor does there have to be. Eschewing the six-string standard, the band utilizes clavinet, vintage keyboards, piano, analog synthesizers, distorted bass, and a good old-fashioned drum stomp. Crash KingsAntonio (Vocals, Keyboards) and Michael Beliveau (Bass) and Jason Morris (handling drums on the albumbent and broke boundaries in order to craft their second album due out this summer. They're giving new meaning to the word "alternative".
Growing up in suburban Massachusetts, the Brothers Beliveau knew they were meant to make music together. One grainy family photo even shows Tony at three-years-old sitting at his dad's piano next to Michael just a year old. Growing up, they jammed together constantly, but it wasn't until the duo graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music that their own vision started coming into focus.
In 2006, Crash Kings came to life in Los Angeles. Shortly after forming, they caught the ear of the legendary producer and songwriter Linda Perry who signed them to Custard Records. With Perry's guidance, the group developed an enigmatic sound all their own. That sound resulted in a deal with Universal Motown in 2008, laying the groundwork for their self-titled debut to hit shelves in 2009.
Propelled by the hit single "Mountain Man", Crash Kings sent shockwaves throughout modern rock. The group was featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and George Lopez Tonight, as "Mountain Man" took a firm hold on the #1 spot of Billboard's Alternative Songs Chart. Their music was also featured in Zombieland and Warren Miller's Dynasty as the band invaded every facet of pop culture.
Everything has been kicked up a notch (or eleven) for the band's second album. Michael explains, "On our first album, we focused on making edgy rock n' roll that featured the piano. This time around, we delved into using synthesizers and the clavinet a lot more. We've evolved and expanded this is unexplored territory for us."
Crash Kings links
Artist Direct Stream of 'Dark of the Daylight': http://www.artistdirect.com/entertainment-news/article/exclusive-album-premiere-crash-kings-dark-of-the-daylight/10609416
Ikarus Down links
A.V. Club review of Ikarus Down's 'Friction': http://www.avclub.com/milwaukee/articles/ikarus-down-friction,83161/
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