The Great Crusades

Damaged Goods

Release Date: 08/31/2000 · Format: CD · Catalog-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 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 Glitterhouse 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 band's basic formula is not exactly simple. It's got some art-rock in there and touches of horns. The odd nod to blues and a noticeable debt to Britpop. It's a diverse bag of tricks that they draw from, but the results are far from confused.
On this album, the group treads in some mid-tempo odes to lost-love, but also steps up the pace on a number of tracks, like "Don't Know Who You Are," which is gussied up by the aforementioned brass. On the flipside, Krumm still gets down (way, way down) when singing about life's heartaches and heartbreaks, as he does on the acoustic closer, the title track.
It really is a wonderful album, cohesive, yet diverse. Lovely.“ /St. Louis Citysearch)

“Krumm sings in a strangled howl about bar crawls, one night stands and painful losses... interesting twists and turns of his melodies and the pleasing clatter of his bandmates pull Krumm out of the mire. This is undeniably compelling stuff.” (Nashville Scene)

“Sporting a rootsy sound, attractively gruff vocals (think "Blue Valentine"-era Tom Waits) and enough alcohol references to make Mark Eitzel proud…” (Creative Loafer: Atlanta)

“A manly bunch, vocalist Brian Krumm sounds like he'd vault onto a front porch and wring the neck of any weedy alt country indie-it he encountered. His voice has veins in its teeth. It's like Tindersticks on steroids or a deeper Tom Waits. The band's sinewy spag-western country and tough folk-punk … is a perfect match.” (MOJO)

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Tracklist

1. Feels So Good
2. All I Got
3. Lucky
4. Twisted Sheets
5. Bernadette
6. Don`t Know Who You Are
7. Half Bad
8. Chevy Nova
9. Liquor Parl
10. Tomorrow`s Gonna Be A Surprise
11. Gone
12. Name I Don`t Recall
13. Damaged Goods

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