<![CDATA[King Crow and the Ladies From H - blog]]>Tue, 08 Mar 2016 07:56:31 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Canada Games, coldsnap and Fireworks]]>Thu, 09 Apr 2015 05:32:44 GMThttp://www.kingcrowandtheladiesfromhell.com/blog/canada-games-coldsnap-and-fireworks Late last year we were invited to play at the Coldsnap Music Festival in conjunction with the 2015 Canada Winter Games. The Prince George music scene has always been good to us and in 2013 we had the privilege of playing at Coldsnap for the first time. So, it was a no contest in deciding to accept the offer to go again, scheduled to play two shows. One show at the Artspace and the last slot of the festival on the last day of competion on the MainStage downtown. Though, in the chaos of Christmas shows and other band projects, I don't think any of us fully grasped the awesomeness of the experience that lay in front of us.

The weeks before were spent with extra practices and writing and re-working set lists - over thinking everything. Especially, what to you say on-stage to thousands of people you don't know. King Crow loves to yell, scream and shout, playing our hearts out with anyone willing to listen. But don't ask us for expertly timed, witty banter… that being said, I think we managed to do well despite our reservations!

Sarah, our manager, preceded the band to the Games and the rest of us drove in a rented 15 passenger van early on the Friday morning. Lots of stops and one call to BCCA (to retrieve the keys locked the van during a lunch stop in Houston) and we pulled into the host city for the 2015 Canada Winter Games.That night we all headed down the the bclc centre stage to be humbled by the performance of Vancouver band "Delhi to Dublin". We stood in the back getting more and more excited and realizing what we were in for.

Saturday we spent the spent the day checking out shops and walking around PG with the influx of athletes and crowds. The band found itself lost in the maze of "Electron Sound," a highly recommended music shop filled with just about everything but fiddles.

That night we played at the Artspace above Books and Company. Earlier I was commenting on our lacklustre banter, so you can understand when I say that an intimate, seated crowd of just over 100 people can tension more nerves than a stand-up dance crew of 5 times that. Though, the show was great, the place was full, the guests where supportive and made us feel welcome, a dance floor even happened. Special shout out to sound man Ron, Andrew Kurjata from CBC (our amazing host that night) and the Coldsnap volunteers (cheers, Sue and Elissa! In no time Sunday came. We were blown away by the sound check.

The professionalism and organization of the stage crew was unbelievable. They managed to sound check us and get us on and off in record time. Seriously, it took all of half an hour and there are nine of us and we all play multiple instruments. Crazy. As the evening approached we gathered at the van and took the drive downtown, passing off our instruments to be acclimatized in the cold winter air we found seats in the green room and waited our for our cue. The show was awesome. The stage, lights, sound production and most of all the people, made it a most memorable weekend.

Their was even a front row made up of many familiar Terrace faces - thanks, gus. And fireworks to finish out the set, perfectly timed with the end of our last song. The rest of the night was a blur of conversation, introductions and beer. What an amazing experience. Thank you to Coldsnap Music Festival, the 2105 Canada Winter Games, and everyone in PG. Cheers until next time.

-Jeff
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<![CDATA[headlining the Canada Winter Games Coldsnap Music Fest!]]>Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:33:40 GMThttp://www.kingcrowandtheladiesfromhell.com/blog/headlingin-the-canada-winter-games-coldsnap-music-festHoly moly, ya'll! We're headlining the 2015 Canada Winter Games Coldsnap Music Festival! Phew, that's a mouthful, I know, but here's the deal. One of our favourite festivals, the Coldsnap Music Festival in Prince George (we played there in 2013) joined forces with Canada's biggest amateur winter sport competition - the 2015 Canada Winter Games. 

The games are being held in Prince George and together they have come up with an insane list of Canadian musicians that are playing at various venues including the downtown outdoor main stage that is featuring live music acts every night for two weeks Feb. 13-March 1. Names include some of our favourite northern friends such as Rachelle van Zanten, Joey Onley and the Outlaws, Rosewood's Diary, Alex Cuba and Black Spruce Bog. Other amazing performers include Nunavut's Tanya Taqaq, Said the Whale and others. Check out the whole line up here: http://www.canadagames2015.ca/artists

So the cool thing is we are the last band to play this awesome festival - the last slot on March 1 on the outdoor stage - we can't wait to bring the party to Prince George and the folks from all over Canada who are going to be there for the games. We're also playing the night before at Artspace (Feb. 28) at 8 p.m. So if outside isn't your thing, come dance it up inside.

The complete schedule won't be out for a while, but we'll keep you posted.

And high fives to the organizing committee for selecting a truly kickass lineup of ALL CANADIAN performers. Yes!


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<![CDATA[Fall Writing & Christmas shows.]]>Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:09:28 GMThttp://www.kingcrowandtheladiesfromhell.com/blog/fall-writing-christmas-shows
     Winter is well on its way once again, brining with it short days and feelings of ennui. Working through the rare hours of sunlight and being left with only long dark evenings  can be taxing on the spirits to say the least. Although couch bound evenings, with guitars and friends, isn't all bad. King Crow has been making the best of it and we have all sorts of new music.


     Everyones been putting extra time into working out progressions, melody's, lyrics. All listening intently and then talking and shouting our ideas at the same time, frustrated bouts of trial and error that somehow are coming together into new songs. Songs we can't wait to share with the likes of you!


     So with this in mind we decided to once again throw our annual Christmas show to celebrate the holidays, in the good old fashioned spirit of music dance and drink! at this years show, entitled "The Sweaty Gravy Meatfest," we are stoked to be sharing the stage with another group of foot stomping music makers. Im sure you've run into these guys over the past year, they have been playing everything from coffee houses to street festivals. We are pleased to have Terraces own 'Ranger Dan!' joining us this time around.


     So stay tuned for updates and maybe some surprise sneak previews of our new stuff, Stay warm, Cheers!

                                                                                                                       -Jeff

Photos From Christmas shows past…

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<![CDATA[Lost Cat!]]>Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:09:39 GMThttp://www.kingcrowandtheladiesfromhell.com/blog/lost-catPicture
Mark found a new friend on the weekend.  He's called him Al and says that he is the strong, silent type.

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<![CDATA[Resting up]]>Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:16:20 GMThttp://www.kingcrowandtheladiesfromhell.com/blog/resting-upCD RELEASE TOUR!
So, it's been a crazy summer. Our June tour took us to 11 different cities in BC in just two weeks and we felt the love from Tofino to Vancouver to Lillooet and a gazillion stops in between. The band bus broke down as we were hauling all of us and our gear over the Coquihalla, so we left her there and carried on in a combination of rental vehicles for the rest of the tour. Huge thanks to all the venues that hosted us and the amazing turnouts for every show. Vancouver and Victoria blew us away and our little stops in Cumberland and Wells made us feel like we were playing a home away from home. 

KISPIOX!
We headlined at the Kispiox Valley Music Festival at the end of July and holy jumping jesus, was it ever a good time. Probably our favourite show of the year. There was crowd surfing, sweaty masses of midnight dancers and someone even danced her shirt right off! Kudos to Sam and Mark for keeping their focus on the music despite the front row nudity. This festival is such a gem, if you've never been, you really are missing out.

WEDDINGS!
So after playing A LOT of gigs already this summer, we're starting to gear down a bit. Our trusty bagpiper, Garrett, is getting married next weekend, so we'll be entertaining his friends and family and celebrating his big day with soon-to-be wife, Morgan. We're all stoked for them - first band wedding! And we have some other friends getting hitched at the end of the month. Then, friends, we rest.

SEPTMBER 27 - mark your calendar
We won't rest for too long though - September 27 we're taking over the Thornhill Community Centre and welcoming our friends in The Noah Edwards Band, who will be opening for us. Tickets will go on sale after the September long weekend.




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<![CDATA[Eatin' Pork n Beans]]>Sun, 08 Jun 2014 18:39:33 GMThttp://www.kingcrowandtheladiesfromhell.com/blog/eatin-pork-n-beansPicture
So, two shows down and nine more to go! Thanks Terrace and Prince George for getting this little ole CD release tour started with a bang. Two sold out shows, fun intimate venues and great dancers. Thanks to Lance at the Elephant's Ear and all our Terrace peeps who came out to celebrate with us. 

We were stoked to be back in Prince George to play  - the last time we were here was the Coldsnap Festival in 2013. Nancy O's treated us like kings (pun intended). Where else in northern bc can you get fried chicken and waffles? Food was amazing and the staff are fantastic. It was definitely the smallest stage we've ever packed ourselves into but it was a blast. People dancin', hot n' sweaty at the end of a show is our best reward, so thanks, PG. And thanks also to Rosewood's Diary for playing an opening set - we love playing with other northern musicians, and they're total gems. Ever listened to Daybreak North on CBC? They're the Vanderhoof based band that wrote the intro music for the program.

Speaking of Daybreak North - we were happy to see Andrew Kurjata in the room. He even wore a high vis vest for his night ride home after the show. Andrew and the whole crew at Daybreak North have been awesome supporters of ours and Andrew gave us our favourite endorsement ever on the show recently. It went something like this:

"If you are looking for something to do this Saturday night, you could do worse than go see King Crow and the Ladies From Hell," - Andrew Kurjata, Associate Producer, CBC Prince George

We're taking two nights to make our way down to Vancouver for our next gig at The Railway Club, Tuesday, June 10 with special guests ska sensations, Brehdren

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<![CDATA[Fruition]]>Mon, 26 May 2014 01:09:29 GMThttp://www.kingcrowandtheladiesfromhell.com/blog/fruitionMany months, much work and dedication,  short tempers and endless patience, blood sweat and hangovers. The recording of King Crow and the Ladies from Hell's first album is complete. The project would have had no chance of coming to fruition without the man himself, Torence Sandahls, who single handedly recorded every instrument on every track of our creation. Currently the tracks are being bounced back and forth between us and Rick Wellen, at Clark Drive studios in Van, who is doing all the mixing and mastering! Along side Rick,  Arlen Hogarth and Sarah Zimmerman are orchestrating the arrangement of album art and layout. Everything is coming together! That being said, the title of our first album is, "Songs of Misery and Hope." We have put a lot of effort into this project and I think it has pushed  us to a focal point. We are ready, with only 2 weeks left till out tour, a new album and new perspective, we are ready to hit the road and put everything we have into this. We would like to thank all of you for your continued support, and we want you to be the first ones to hear our new album. So join us at the Elephants ear on Friday June 6 for beers, acoustic music and friends at our release party!   


                                                                                                                                           Cheers- Jeff]]>
<![CDATA[Holy shit it's 2014]]>Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:53:16 GMThttp://www.kingcrowandtheladiesfromhell.com/blog/holy-shit-its-2014We're not really sure where the time has gone, but suddenly it's been three months since our last blog post. What's been going on? Well, we've pretty much been holed up in Torence's basement music studio recording our first full length CD. It seemed like a simple enough task - pick our 13 favourite songs, record em, press em into CDs and BAM! New CD. Not so much. It takes a long time to record 9 people playing dozens of instruments on every song. Track after track after track. And we're pretty picky sometimes. But we're stoked. We're almost there. We've got a handful of songs in the bag on their way to be mastered and we even have a little preview for you.

Mark's song In the Ground is being released early to give you a taste of what's coming. And for those of you that have been paying attention on Facebook and the world of local Terrace news, we also shot a video for In the Ground this winter. Our friend and videographer, Talon Gillis, managed to create an amazing video that we're all super proud of. 

It's just getting some final touches and we'll be releasing it here as soon as it's good to go.

What else?

Thanks for the fastest sell out for a show ever - our Christmas show in Terrace sold out in 5 hours. Ridiculous. 

Look forward to our upcoming shows March 7 at the REM Lee Theatre we open for Chis Gamine and then look forward to our favourite day of the year - ST. PATTY'S DAY! We're going to party like we're supposed to - March 15 in Terrace. Tickets will go on sale in February. 

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<![CDATA[Before there was king crow..]]>Sat, 28 Sep 2013 20:39:38 GMThttp://www.kingcrowandtheladiesfromhell.com/blog/before-there-was-king-crow
    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



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<![CDATA[In "Studio"]]>Tue, 25 Jun 2013 02:56:28 GMThttp://www.kingcrowandtheladiesfromhell.com/blog/in-studio
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!!
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