Here in the wake of a great summer of music and friends, we find ourselves, for the first time in a long while, taking some time of from playing gigs. We are a band that feels most comfortable playing live on stage, with all you guys dancing out in front! But it is time, time to buckle down and work on our first full length album.
In this down time I was thinking back to a couple years ago and to how the band got started. A lot of us had played together off and on over the years. I'm thinking more of the first few times we got together as a group, that would become King Crow.
I remember sitting cross legged, in an empty living room. Sam, who was virtually a stranger, pulled items from a lady's hand bag. Picks, slides, harmonicas, ammunition, a bowey knife and finally a bottle of red wine. Wine we shared while playing through songs for the first time. I remember Bob teaching us the chords to the first original pieces we played. I remember writing chord progressions down on the back of my guitar, and medleys of fiddle pieces arranged by Jamie.
The first gig we played was Apple Fest, a harvest festival that was supposed to be come an annual event in Terrace. We were asked to play background music for pie tasting, face painting and apple bobbing. We managed to put together a rough sets of a few pieces we'd written, and filled it in mostly with covers of old traditional songs that that we had had picked up over the years . Those who were there, witnessed some one time only songs for the band, including Sam taking the lead and singing. (which I recently discovered I have a video of if anyone's interested)
Well, on arriving to the arena banquet room, and donning our red apple fest T's, we were asked for the name of our motley crew and we did the best we could on the spot. Anyways before we were "King Crow and the Ladies From Hell", we were "Granny Smith and the Bad Apples" .Nervous and awkward as it may have been, here's a lil taste of that. -Jeff
Shown here, are musical celebrities Sam Hogarth and Jeff Chapman, along with master sound technician Piper Mary. As Sam fiddles with switches on the complex mixing board, Piper explains to Jeff how a pair of hip sunglasses can do wonders for ones career. Recording is fun!!
We were blessed with good weather and decided to take full advantage of it by drinking in a boat. Both boats suffered "mechanical failures" near the middle of the lake, so we were forced to lash them together and float about for hours, periodically jumping in the lake to cool off or empty our bladders. Some of us, not so accustomed to the heat, got drunker, faster than others did. Lucky for us, when we tried to start the motor later on in the day, they started as if there was never any problem, and we cruised home without incident. In the end, fun was had by all.
Some jam shack photos of King Crow and the ladies from hell learnin' a new song. Gazes all fixed on Bobs fingers, trying to pick up the changes. Tried the song live for the first time at Relay For Life on Saturday evening, and it went of without a hitch. Big thanks to James and everyone else who helped out and made the Relay For Life happen. We had a great time, and we were happy to back on stage after a few months off. FUCK CANCER !!!!!!
Did you know that if you build a fire big enough, it evaporates the rain falling from the sky, and keeps those surrounding the fire dry (or on fire). Such was the case at Bob's place the other night, where the band and some friends were taking advantage of the unpredicable spring weather to fire cook a delicious feast and enjoy some ice cold beverages.
Like the cloudy resemblance of a baby raising its fist to the sky (with acclaim for the coming season) would, so to do we.
Some photos from our TDAC music in the park show last year at George Little Park are slowly trickling in.
Big thanks to Nancy for the captures.
It has come to our attention that music is moving in a new direction and so should we. King Crow is in the process of working on its new image. When you go to your local record vendor to find the future King Crow album, don't look in the alt./folk/rock section. You'll find it in the industrial/electronic/dubstep section of the store. Yes, thats right, King Crow has gone electronic. We will now be called King Crow and the Laser Guns From Space. We will feature the cutting torch stylings of Mark Billey, and we will be adding Steve Roders to the band roster, on angle grinder. Jeff Chapman will play the role of pretentious hipster. Look for the album to be out some time in the distant future.
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The crew of the 'Happy Adventure' were in high spirits this weekend! It has been a a few weeks since KCATLFH had been on the road or played any shows, we were collectively starting to feel the burden of regular work hours and life in general. D.H. Lawrence famously wrote -
"There are three cures for ennui: sleep, drink and travel." So taking his advice we packed up the bus and headed to Smithers for a weekend of beer, music, snowboarding and friends!
We've been working on getting current material ready for our first ever LP as well as writing new songs, which is an ever ongoing process for us. Sometimes members of the band will talk something up for months before ever letting anyone hear what their working on. "I'm guilty of this, I know," but sometimes someone will just sit down and sing something that just catches us of guard and gets us stoked to get back in the garage practicing! The latter has happened a few times in the last weeks, and I'm personally inspired by it and can't wait for practice.
The other big news from the weekend was a feature interview with Scott Taylor on CICK 93.9 on Smithers Community Radio! The studio is in a decommissioned rail car in downtown Smithers and had great vibe. Once we got there we found out that we weren't just 'recording' a quick interview and a couple songs but that we were doing an hour of LIVE music and conversation. So four of us crammed in for an intimate show, it was great fun, and always exciting to be live! The show will air again on Wednesday (April 17) night and I'llget back to you with a link to the stream feed! Thanks so much to Scott for the opportunity!
Anyways, it's getting on in the evening and I must be going, thanks everyone for an eventful evening! See ye soon, CHEERS! -Jeff Chapman
Well, thanks to you we made it to the Top Five in the Radio West listening region in the CBC Searchlight contest - a search for Canada's best new artist. So here's the drill - if we want to make it to Round 4 (to represent Radio West in the national round of voting) we need you to vote for us by clicking this link:http://r3.ca/0Y3Z
We submitted the song Better Days
to the contest - for those of you that don't know, our own Sam Hogarth wrote the song and we know it's one of your favourites!
This is a chance for people from across Canada to hear the goodness that is King Crow and the Ladies From Hell - we appreciate your votes!
So keep on voting! You guys rock!
So we are pretty stoked to be a part of this year's annual Celtic Night in Prince Rupert hosted by the Northcoast Performers Society. The first act features all sorts of amazing local dancers and performers (including some piping by our own Garrett Kerr and Highland dancing with Leah and Jamie) The second act, is, well...us. So, come on out for a fun night at the Lester Centre in Prince Rupert. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and are available at the Lester Centre or Cook's Jewellers in Prince Rupert.