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Crash Kings

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2009 debut from this Alternative Rock trio from L.A. signed by Linda Perry. Crash Kings is a guitar driven band without a guitar. They play anthemic Rock on analog instruments. Their lyrics are intimate and honest, sung in a soaring voice. Crash Kings are the first U.S. band producer Dave Sardy (Oasis, Wolfmother, Ting Tings) has worked with in seven years. Features 'Mountain Man', '1985' and '14 Arms'.
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  • Audio CD (May 26, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Custard / Universal Motown Records
  • ASIN: B0026IZR7K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What is wrong with a little piano pacing the mix?

The Crash Kings - Antonio Beliveau (vocals, piano, keyboards), Michael Beliveau (bass), Jason Morris (drums) - ditch the lead guitar for a unique sound on the 10 tracks. And though "Mountain Man" - which packs a punch of the best arena rock from Billy Squier - may lure in the curious, it is where things are kept simple that's most successful.

The top cut is "Come Away," which has a wonderful strings arrangement from David Campbell. "It's Only Wednesday" has the pop sensibilities of the Small Faces, with elements of the Climax Blues Band sprinkled into the mid-tempo "My Love." Morris drives the beat on "Raincoat," while Michael Beliveau provides a harder edge on "You Got Me."

The only stumble is on "Non-Believer," where the gimmicky layered-vocals sounds like something arranged by a clone of Sir George Martin who is on anabolic steroids. But the next cut - "14 Arms" - has a frantic pace that works very well.

The road may be winding, but the twists and turns find this "power trio" commandeering the tangents without the use of the guardrails.
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Crash Kings came into my life at the perfect time. I was really into Jack White and The Black Keys, but I also wanted something different. Something, I don't know, fresh. I love the dirty, gritty, rock n' roll, sure, but I wanted something that encompassed that feel, and turned it on it's side. Crash Kings does just that.

Piano-led rock n' roll.

There is no better phrase that describes their sound than that. Therein lies one of the biggest draws, I think. What does a rock band sound like when the guitar is substituted with a piano? No reliance on riffs. No solos. Just three guys jamming. Pushing their music in new directions.

As expected, Antonio's skills on the piano command a lot of attention. He proves that you don't NEED a guitar in a rock band. Not once while listening to this album the first time did I ever stop and think, "You know, that was a great song, but it could've been better with a guitar solo/riff." Not once. Now, is this all merely a schtick? In some band's cases, I would definitely say yes. But with the Crash Kings, I really don't think so. They are such a powerful group that deliver such incredibly catchy songs that they don't need that crutch. Not only that, but Antonio proves throughout this self-titled offering that he truly has a distinctive, and powerful voice.

This album isn't perfect. I won't try and say it is. But it lays a solid foundation for them to build upon, especially thanks to their main single, Mountain Man. It's a very catchy, yet vocally powerful anthem that appropriately shows how capable the piano is in a rock band. It also displays a fault that persists throughout the entirety of the play time, the lyrics. They aren't bad--not at all--they are just almost overly simple in certain cases.
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Solid album showcasing Crash Kings great range in a collection of mostly enjoyable alternative songs with great melodies and vocals. Fans of the movie Iceman will have to buy the end credits song from Crash Kings separately. Would like to see this band create a new album.
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they got me. what can i say?
they played those 2 awesome songs on the radio and i had to have them, so i bought the album. guess what? the rest is garbage. but, thats just me. who knows? maybe you like garbage? not me, im not a fan of female lead vocalists lol. (ya see what i did there?? garbage is a band)
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I enjoyed this nice rock and roll album. Crash Kings really knows how to use the drums and the keyboards. My favorite song was "Mountain Man." "1985" and "14 Arms" were also very good. I'd urge you to listen to the sample MP3 songs if you are unsure about whether or not you should get this album.
I love how the the singer screams! Oh yeah, he really knows how to scream!
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Brothers Tony (lead vocalist and keyboardist) and Mike Beliveau (bass) are the driving force behind the rising rock band called Crash Kings. The Crash Kings burst into your ears with a hard-hitting sound that is both modern and retro, with guitar tones that will shake you...wait, what's this? There is no guitar? No way! How can they get this sound without guitar?

Remarkably, this trio (the brothers are joined by drummer Jason Morris) can pull off a big rock record with only keys, bass, and drums. How do they do this? "With tube overdrive and multiple amps Mike's bass brings heaviness to the band's sound. On top of that Tony plays a clavinet (a keyboard with guitar strings), which has been customized with a large whammy bar allowing him to bend notes like a guitar producing an entirely new sound". I understand your skepticism - but just listen to Tony Beliveau's soaring vocals and the powerful, driving rhythm section and you won't even realize you are rocking out to a band that doesn't use guitar!

The Crash Kings previously opened for Chris Cornell, Stone Temple Pilots, The Bravery, and Rooney. They are currently on tour with Jet, which is a logical match-up as many of their tunes have a retro feel like Jet. But the Crash Kings have a diverse sound, coming close to O.A.R. or Safetysuit at times, or approaching the piano rock of Ben Folds or Josh Fix with a smattering of Queen now and then. If you like any of the aforementioned artists, there is a treasure for you to uncover in the self-titled debut by Crash Kings.

What makes this record so enjoyable does not really relate to the band's unique attributes such as the fact that the founders are brothers who have boldly omitted guitar from their sound spectrum.
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