The Great Crusades

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Brian Krumm has played every show as a member of the Great Crusades, back in their starting days in Champaign, now in the relocated home of Chicago. Brian Hunt's been involved a good long while, too. The two have a bond, dating back to their days in the Suede Chain, a midwestern act that would hint at great things before their dissolution in 1995. It more than made sense for them to play together in this band.

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.

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Fiction To Shame

Release Date: 04/09/2010 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 706

„ The Great Crusades look at life through a shot glass lens … mixing anger, muscle, and minor-key remorse like a roughneck Tindersticks with the bonus of a singer (Krumm) who’s got the tubercular pipes of Tom Waits and Axl Rose’s love...
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Key To The City

Release Date: 05/26/2008 · Format: DVD · Cat-No: GR 684


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Keep Them Entertained

Release Date: 08/01/2007 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 672

It doesn’t take long. In fact, at the 8-second mark of The Great Crusades’ newest album, “Keep Them Entertained,” his bandmates kick in behind guitarist and vocalist Brian Krumm, adding the kind of driving power and foot stomping beat that...
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Four Thirty

Release Date: 01/09/2006 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 642

Many bands try to capture in a recording the energy and magic felt onstage, in the practice studio or at the kitchen table late at night when all that is present is a notebook with inconsistent markings, an acoustic guitar and empty bottles of...
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Welcome To The Hiawatha Inn

Release Date: 09/27/2004 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 611


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Never Go Home

Release Date: 08/01/2002 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 559

Brian Krumm has played every show as a member of The Great Crusades, back in their starting days in Champaign, Illinois, now in the relocated home of Chicago. Brian Hunt's been involved a good long while, too. The two have a bond, dating back...
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Damaged Goods

Release Date: 08/31/2000 · Format: CD · Cat-No: GR 506

Brian Krumm has played every show as a member of the Great Crusades, back in their starting days in Champaign, now in the relocated home of Chicago. Brian Hunt's been involved a good long while, too. The two have a bond, dating back to their...
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The Great Crusades