Crashland to kick off the week. In concert from Cardiff University and recorded by the venerable BBC in 2000. Only together a relatively short time, they have achieved that somewhat cynical assessment of being Criminally Underrated and Distressingly Overlooked.
This bit of background comes via Wikipedia, which is just about the only place offering information on the band:
Crashland were a British indie band signed to the Independiente record label.
Singer Alex Troup and drummer Marc Childs met at school in Monmouth when they were 14. In October 1996, bassist Martin Maddaford was added to the line-up after answering an ad in Melody Maker. The band was signed to Independiente on 4 June 1998. The group’s sound was very similar to Weezer, Dodgy and early Radiohead. Their debut album Glued, released in 2000 contained 12 tracks. Each are around three minutes in duration, showing their preference for radio-friendly indie tracks, fashionable in the Britpop era. Crashland released two singles, “Modern Animal” and “New Perfume” and an EP, The Devoted.
Crashland was formed from the remnants of Scorched Earth, which comprised Alex Troup on lead guitar, brother Andy Troup on vocals, Paul Lounds on bass guitar, Joe Atkinsoin on rhythm guitar, Jamie Ashton on keyboards and Marc Childs on drums.
Alex Troup has since moved to the U.S. and has a new band, Troup.
Needless to say, the bio doesn’t do the band justice; there was a serious attack of talent within the ranks of Crashland, and even though Alex Troup is currently in L.A. with his new band, there is still a lot to wonder about over Crashland,some 18 years after their demise. Luckily, there are examples like this concert to give you some idea of just how much talent was prevalent within the ranks of this group. But that’s the seemingly endless story with so many bands. And it’s been that way ever since two or more got together to make music – some bands make it and some don’t – sometimes there are good reasons or unexpected circumstances and sometimes it just falls apart. In any case, it’s frustrating – but it really does make you want to scream at everyone to take a look at what they missed.
I do my best.
Crank it up and have a listen.