The Great Crusades invades the Duck Room 4/2/11 [Preview]
Chicago based band The Great Crusades bring their Americana / Blues / Rock sound (and snappy dress) back home to the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill on April 2 with local favorites, Kentucky Knife Fight and opener Benjamin Riley.
The Great Crusades are promoting their latest album Fiction To Shame released this time last year. Recorded over the course of a two years at Chicago's Joyhouse Studio where guitarist Brian Leach works as a producer and engineer, The Great Crusades broke out of their comfort zone utilizing the studio's wide array of instruments adding acoustic guitar, banjo, horns, organ, and piano to fill out their normal sound of two guitars, bass and drums.
The band further enhanced the sound and feel of this new record by recording much of the album as it was written thus keeping the new songs fresh and not worn out by the time it was time to tour. Bassist Brian Hunt summarizes the process of making Fiction to Shame:
“Every recording has been a completely new process for us,” he says. “To sustain yourself as a musician, you have to stay creatively motivated. Part of that is finding and experiencing new song fodder and the other part is figuring out how to capture all that in a recording. This time, we tried writing and recording everything in the studio and using the first few takes to keep everything fresh and give it more air in between the instrumentation.”
The band's long-standing friendship made the process of recording while going through several life changes and harrowing situations easier. Most of band members are veterans of the '90s Champaign-Urbana, IL scene that produced Poster Children, Adam Schmitt, Honcho Overload, Hum, Braid, Castor, Sarge, and many others. While the band originally formed in Champaign in the mid '90s following the break up of guitarist/vocalist Brian Krumm & bassist Brian Hunt's prior band, Suede Chain; three of the four members (Krumm, Hunt, & Moder) originally hail from the St. Louis suburb of Collinsville and have known each other since grade school.
If you want to check out the latest material from The Great Crusades before the show go to the band's website to listen to the previews and even some full length songs from the album. If you can't make it to the show and donate to the cause in person at the merch table you can also buy the album from their German label Glitterhouse or just digitally at Discogs.