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Christian Moder, who played with Krumm and Hunt in grade school bands dating back to fifth grade, now stands behind the drumkit for the Great Crusades. Brian Leach, a longtime friend and songwriter in his own right (Autoliner, Sugarbuzz, Last Gentlemen), provides piano and organ textures and adds backup vocals and guitars.
The Great Crusades' debut release, “The First Spilled Drink Of The Evening”, garnered immediate praise and recognition from U.S. and European press alike. Last year's 4-week tour of Germany and Austria successfully introduced the band's powerful brand of lyrical, heartfelt rock and roll to European audiences.
“Damaged Goods”, their second album and first on Glitetrhouse Records, was recorded in and around Chicago and at various studios in Champaign with Adam Schmitt again at the production helm. The CD cohesively expands upon the band's sound, which has evolved quite nicely since the days of the first spilled drink. Krumm's emotional, story-based lyrics are still the focus point, but the band now exploits a more layered sonic approach, utilizing a more diversified instrumentation to fill out its sound. This naturally accompanied a general sharpening of the band's overall song craft.
The Crusades maintain a rare focus, one that's drawn comparisons to Robbie Robertson, Nick Cave, Gallon Drunk, The Replacements, and Tom Waits, clearly an influence on Krumm's tales of drunken nights and weary days after. The songs are well-executed live, a single lamp illuminating Krumm, registering the same emotions. Sadness. Longing. Clenched-fist optimism. The Great Crusades' songs tell stories with bloodshot eyes and a halo of whiskey, and the songs truly come alive in the Crusades' live shows.
Welcome To The Hiawatha Inn (2004), Four Thirty (2006), Keep Them Entertained (2007) and Fiction To Shame (2010) followed.
The Great CrusadesFiction To Shame
Release Date: 04/09/2010 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 706
The Great CrusadesKeep Them Entertained
Release Date: 08/01/2007 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 672
The Great CrusadesFour Thirty
Release Date: 01/09/2006 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 642
The Great CrusadesWelcome To The Hiawatha Inn
Release Date: 09/27/2004 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 611