Crash Kings occupy a curious unclaimed space between the White Stripes and Ben Folds Five -- a space unclaimed not so much because nobody thought of it, but nobody really wanted it. Crash Kings boldly go where no group has gone before, and after the bluster of the opening "Mountain Man" -- a modern-rock makeover of "My Doorbell," a track where producer Dave Sardy leans heavily on his work with Wolfmother -- fades, it's clear that no matter how much fuzz bass the band piles up, Crash Kings lean a bit too heavily on the Folds part of the equation, loving his pounding eighth notes and clever-clever wit. Fortunately, the band has a bit of a melodic flair, too, not so much writing big, anthemic pop hits and ballads but the kind of twisty, winding lines that piano-bound popsters tend to favor. All this does mean that Crash Kings are most intriguing when they play up the Stripes part of their equation -- when they get loud, as they do on "14 Arms," or when they mimic the Whites' thud and caterwaul as they do on "You Got Me" -- because that's when they don't seem like another politely pressed and pleasant piano pop band.
Performance CreditsCrash Kings Primary Artist
Charlie Bisharat Violin,Concert Master
David Campbell Conductor
Armen Garabedian Violin
Timothy Loo Cello
Philip Vaiman Violin
Alyssa Park Violin
Jason Morris Drums
David Paul Campbell Conductor
Michael Beliveau Bass Guitar
Antonio Beliveau Keyboards,Vocals
Technical CreditsDavid Campbell Arranger
D. Sardy Producer,Audio Production
Ryan Castle Engineer
Cameron Barton Engineer
Jason Morris Composer
David Paul Campbell String Arrangements
Crash Kings Composer
Michael Beliveau Composer
Antonio Beliveau Composer
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Crash Kings based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I first saw the Crash Kings perform as an opening act for another concert, and I walked away from that concert with a new favorite rock band, pictures with the Crash Kings, and an autographed CD. With just one listen of the album, the songs sound quite similar, but upon listening to the album several times through, it's now one of my favorite CD's. "Raincoat" plays repeatedly on my ipod, as well as: Come Away, Mountain Man, It's Only Wednesday, and My Love. Tony possesses a sound in his voice that draws in audiences of all ages. My family even loves the band's sound. And while the band claims a rock genre, the piano notes in every song label them as more than just rock. Tony's voice as well as the band are reminiscent of Jim Sturgess's exceptional talent in remaking several of the Beatles's hit songs on the Across the Universe soundtrack. Definately a worthy album! Check it out!