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The Great Crusades - Thieves Of Chicago (2014)

9-09-2014, 13:02
Music | Rock

The Great Crusades - Thieves Of Chicago (2014)

Artist: The Great Crusades
Title Of Album: Thieves Of Chicago
Year Of Release: 2014
Genre: Rock/Alternative
Label: Blue Rose Records
Quality: MP3 320 kbps
Total Time: 48:13
Total Size: 121 Mb

1. This City Is A Shambles Tonight (4:01)
2. The Devil And All His Relations (4:18)
3. Sometimes On Sundays Too (3:42)
4. Another Song About You (3:35)
5. Naked Arms (4:14)
6. The Right Way To Be Wrong (3:48)
7. Why Did You Make Me Care (3:27)
8. Thieves Of Chicago (3:41)
9. Vandalia (4:04)
10. Time Capsule (2:52)
11. Cruel Joke (2:55)
12. Til The Needle On The Record Goes To Bed (3:42)
13. Old Lovers, Old Friends (3:49)4:01)

Say what you will about this ragtag bunch of lifelong musical cohorts, but the Great Crusades can claim longevity, prolificacy, and a never-say-die attitude among its attributes. Like many of the bands they admire, such as the Jayhawks, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Kaiser Chiefs, the Great Crusades seem to be in it for the long haul—they keep writing outstanding tunes, pursuing new artistic directions, and playing mind-blowing live shows.

Vocalist/guitarist Brian Krumm gathered the current band members in Chicago more than 15 years ago, including collaborators Brian Hunt (bass), Brian Leach (guitar/keyboards), and Christian Moder (drums/keyboards). Krumm had released the band’s first album, The First Spilled Drink of the Evening, in 1997 while based in Champaign, Illinois, and moved north the following year.

Now, the band members are putting the final touches on what will be their eighth studio release, Thieves of Chicago. The Great Crusades will join such respected label mates as the Bottle Rockets, Cracker, and Sons of Bill when Blue Rose Records (Abstatt, Germany) issues the album in Summer 2014, to be followed by a North American release. Boxing Clever Records (St. Louis, Missouri) will also release a limited edition seven-inch single featuring the Great Crusades in early 2014.

The band has kept a high profile since its last “proper” studio album, Fiction to Shame, was released in 2010 on Glitterhouse Records/Octane Recordings. That year, the band played a string of shows in Europe and the United States, to further solidify its now-legendary reputation as a live band that must be seen and heard whenever the boys pull into town. And much more was in store for the upcoming years.

In July 2011, Lakeshore Records (Hollywood, California) released “Who’s Afraid of Being Lonely?”, which featured “classic” songs from the Great Crusades’ back catalog. In October 2011, two of the band’s songs appeared in the season 4 finale of the HBO vampire series “True Blood.” The band performed in Europe and the United States in 2011 and 2012 and also recorded with Chris Estes (Adele, Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz) at Chicago Recording Company.

The Great Crusades are currently mixing their 8th studio album in Chicago with Grammy winners Brian Leach and Blaise Barton. The band has already confirmed shows in the United States and festival appearances in Europe for a Summer 2014 tour. This will be the band’s 20th European tour. In conjunction with the European tour, the Russian label GS Productions will issue a limited-edition digipack CD of the Great Crusades’ exceptional 2002 release Never Go Home, featuring the album in its entirety as well as unreleased demos, songs, and live recordings from the same era.

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