Where did the name The Crayons come from?
I was looking for a name that was kind of ridiculous and meant nothing. One night in a Boston pub after a few ciders (quite a few!!), I thought The
Crayons!! Grown men calling themselves the crayons? Perfect!
How long has the band been together?
Well, there never was a band. It is really just my solo project with a revolving cast of friends helping out. I have had some great bands become crayons in the past. The Churchills, Hero Pattern, and Readymade Breakup to name a few. I have had so many great players involved, it was really a thrill to have Mike Eisenstein from Letters to Cleo and John Sands from Aimee Mann’s band become Crayons, a lot of musician’s have shown The Crayons love!!
How would you summarize the band biography?
We eat, we drink, we rock, we sleep, repeat as needed!
Everything and nothing! Indie rock/ power pop!
Sooooo many!!! Here are some big ones:
The Posies, Sensefield, The Churchills, Queen, The Smiths, David Sylvian, Miracle Legion, Winter Hours, Throwing Muses & My mom’s collection of 70’s
power pop 45’s!
Ultimate goal as a band?
My goal is to keep trying to write good songs and get as many people to hear them as possible.
What is the writing process like?
I’m not very good at sitting down and writing. I usually feel a song coming and i try and catch it. Most of my “keepers” come really fast. One thing that always freaks me out is….once i finish a song it feels like that was the last one. I wonder if you can run out?!!
Where can fans hear some Crayons music?
We have been getting nice radio support up here in Albany lately. So thanks to 102.7 weqx and 104.9 the edge!!!
What sets your band apart?
That’s a hard question for me to answer. I just write how I write and hope each song has it’s own thing. I have heard people refer to a “crayons chord” so that at least tells me there is some kind of crayons sound.
The Crayons – “Live and Blurry”
Well I suppose I would have to say the cd release party for “What color are you?” It was at The Loop Lounge in Passaic, NJ. The Churchills and Hero Pattern were also on the bill and!!!!! The Churchills were also playing as The Crayons that night. How can you beat that?!!!
I remember this show in Baltimore – i think? It was a place called Cafe Tattoo. We were the opening band on the bill and the only non speed metal band. I was feeling quite inadequate that day.
Upcoming gigs/what’s next?
We will be back at the aforementioned loop lounge on april 20th -we are not playing all that much because we are recording a new cd. Once again, Ron and Bart of the churchills are producing. Everything is going really well. We will have some great guests playing on it too! I am hoping for an early summer release. There are some other cool things ahead for the band and the new songs -so stay tuned!
Any last words for the fans:
I’d really like to thank everyone who has supported my music over the years. Stop by a show or drop me a message and say hello. Look out for the new cd! And rock on!!!
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