“Break It Down” by Crazy Pills (presented by BreakThruTV)
Friends of our Friends that’s who Crazy Pills are. Playing with bands out of New York City/Brooklyn that we’ve covered here, friends of The King Pizza Gang . I don’t quite feel the need to lump their sound into any categories except a category I call play often and play loud. Whenever I hear someone sing in a range between Those Darlins , Holly Golightly and Chrissie Hynde you have my attention. The music is spot on, I dig all of this album and I am amazed at the talent that goes into making a record like this. When we started 50thirdand3rd a little over a year ago, I was never going to be the one introducing new music, that would be left up to someone who knew how to describe in intricate detail what they were listening to and how it moved them or someone who called it sick , but here we are and I have enjoyed bringing new music to these pages. Crazy Pills are a Band that makes me feel that I ought to be doing everything I can to get you to listen to them and to tell your friends about this cool band you listened to at 50thirdand3rd.com. You can decide if they remind you of other Bands and you can even lump them into a category if that is what you want to do. Me…I’ll keep playing this album, till I learn the songs and can sing along and that is what a good Band will make you want to do….
Meet The Band
Hi our name is….
People say we sound like…..
A mix of the Pretenders and any surfy punk band with someone like Joan Jett fronting.
Amanda – guitar/vox/tunes
Eddie – bass/backing vox
Jim – drums, genial spirit
We are originally from…..
West Michigan (A); New Jersey (E) and New Hampshire (J)
Who are some that have an influence on your sound??
Television, Blondie, The Pretenders, Cheap Trick, The Clash, Elvis
The first time we met was…..
…through this cooperative DIY space called Fort Useless. Our other bands (pow wow!, Clouder) played shows there w/ all the bands in the Fort Useless orbit and we all became friends from hanging out there & supporting others in that scene.
We knew we were going to be a Band…
…when Amanda asked Jim and Eddie (who was her bandmate in pow wow! at that time) to join her in bringing their sick, tight rhythm to Crazy Pills’ garagey-punky guitar-based rock and roll.
Books we recommend …
Anything by Haruki Murakami, J. G. Ballard, Jennifer Egan or Philip K. Dick
Our craziest gig ever was….
…at this cookout in Haverhill, MA that The Grubs had invited us to join, which was Day 1 of our recent tour. It was a big barbecue with a huge hot grill, and the entire neighborhood was there. Someone even brought a pet Vietnamese pig (“Kim”) which was interesting, as there was pork on the grill at one point, too. Anyway, when The Grubs hit the stage later in the evening, someone announced that all the kids had to peace out – and as soon as The Grubs plugged in, all these dads who’d been hanging w/ their kids took off their shirts and started kicking each others’ asses in the huge slamdance dustpit. It was intense – the grill was still hot and right next to these guys; we hung in the back (couldn’t afford a broken wrist so early in the tour!) and took bets on which dude would end the night with a fresh grill scar to the face. (Nobody did, though one of the guys was sporting a pretty bloody grin at the end of the night.) We came away with black soot up our noses from all the dust and dirt those dudes generated, and these great stories. Punk rock.
If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it be….
There is no time but the present, though it would have been cool to have been around during CBGB’s heyday.
Growing up ,at home we listened to…..
Cheap Trick, The Rolling Stones and PJ Harvey (Amanda); Motown Records & The Velvet Underground (Eddie); and Sonic Youth, Sebadoh & Mudhoney (Jim)
What tunes are you currently jamming to…
Amanda’s got The Kinks on repeat and is also digging the Glory-era Television-y vibes of Viet Congs’ “Cassette” (we played w/ them at The Village Voice’s 4Knots Festival recently, they were awesome!); Eddie thinks the new Dean Wareham Record is killer and is revisiting Teenage Fanclub’s entire catalogue and in addition to Napalm Death, Jim just saw the doc The Punk Singer, about Kathleen Hanna (highly recommended) and is on a Bikini Kill kick!
If you could open for any Band right now who should that be and why?
Cheap Trick (we’d ask Bunny to solo during “Break it Down”), Holly Golightly, Daddy Longlegs, Those Darlins or anyone off of Burger or Hardly Art.
When you are touring and have some time off , where could we find you..,.,
At a record store in the area, or hugging the toilet, paying for our sins from the show before.
The one thing we want you to remember while you’re listening to us
Soul comes in all shapes, sizes and sounds.
listen to some music….
estless by Crazy Pills
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and if you can get there, don’t miss Crazy Pills next show…. (More links to all of this on their Facebook Page)
RAD LABOR DAY WEEKEND PUNK MATINEE
The Silent Barn | 603 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11206
doors 12pm | all ages | $7
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