The Crumb Sullivans “Quincy Quarry Recordings” (Independent, 2008)
It’s surely impossible to form a meaningful assessment of a band from a four track EP, particularly one that barely lasts ten minutes. So let’s do it. Rough and ready, raucous, having a good time as the most important thing, all these things characterise The Crumb Sullivans. Recorded in the open air in one take on a Sony 8mm handycam (?) to the accompaniment of crickets, it sounds like the demo of a demo with conversation and laughter all left intact. The playing and singing is loose, to say the least, but it does show that if the early Gourds had taken more drugs the result would probably have been The Crumb Sullivans. Acoustic folk (American definition) with a punk attitude, raw and edgy without striving for either, it‘s occasionally like speaking in tongues set to music. Not for everyone maybe but for those who truly hear it, essential. Great t-shirts too.
Date review added: Friday, January 30, 2009
Reviewer: Jeremy Searle
Related web link: the Crumb Sullivans MySpace site