Fantastic melodic rock band hitting all the highs and lows we expect from good old power metal etc and these guys do it very well indeed. No strangers to the scene these bad boys have been on and off since 1992 but are back know with a vengeance to blast our ear drums off. Vocally superb, Lyrically supreme and the music is some of the best I have herd in a long time.
Canadian melodic hard rock quartet CRAWL returns to form with ‘Anticipate the Fall’
“We will unite and rise again.”
With that line from the song ‘Rise’, melodic hard rock quartet CRAWL are re-establishing their place in Canada’s heavy music scene.
‘Rise’ is the lead-off track from the quartet’s new Anticipate the Fall EP, the band’s first recording of new music since 1995’s Feed CD.
The EP finds the band with three quarters of its original lineup joined by a new vocalist and powered by renewed vigour and a new sense of purpose.
Crawl was formed in 1992 by Scott Clark and Tom Grondin. Guitarist Stuart Green joined the band soon after followed by vocalist Steve McFarlane to complete the lineup. Anthony Poto played guitar from 1995-1997.
In 2013, Scott, Tom and Stuart reformed CRAWL and were joined Michael David Wolf, formerly of Mind Mechanics, taking over vocal duties. The band wasted no time rehearsing and writing new music and started playing live in summer, 2013.
The band re-united initially to play a charity benefit in the name of Tom’s mother, Wendy. But they quickly realized they missed playing together and thought now was a good a time as any to see if they still had that creative spark to move forward. It didn’t take long to realize they did. The old material has been given new life and the new songs are true to CRAWL’s original vision of heavy melodic rock that defies categorization.
The band was not interested in being a nostalgia act. If they were going to do this, it would be to pay tribute and honour the past while moving forward.
The new EP captures that perfectly. ‘Rise’, ‘Feel’ and ‘Loaded’ are rollicking rock songs written by the new lineup that swerve, groove and pummel. ‘No Lies’ is a layered, anthemic, grunge-blues track re-worked with lyrics and melodies by Mike. The EP closes with ‘A Little Left to Kill’ a chugging gut-punch written in 1994 but never formally released.
Over the years, Crawl has recorded numerous demos and 2 full length CDs; “300 Yards of Face” featuring Stuart on guitars and “Feed” which features Anthony on guitars. From those CDs came 3 videos: ‘Storm’, ‘Dry’ and ‘Not the Way It Should Be’. The videos were produced with the help of VideoFACT grants. ‘Storm’ and ‘Dry’ each earned nominations for BEST HARD ROCK video in 1994 and 1995 respectively at the Much Music Video Awards (Canada’s version of the MTV awards).
Crawl has also played nearly 400 live shows which included 2 national tours across Canada and many mini tours across Ontario and Quebec. This helped Crawl earn a reputation as one of Canada’s loudest and most energetic bands as well as one of the busier bands in the country. The tireless work resulted in some great opening spots with bands like Quicksand, Helmet, Hell Yeah, Wool and Varga among many more.
The band will spend 2014 and the foreseeable future playing more live shows and has already written new material that will be debuted this summer.
“It’s been a long time coming.” – ‘No Lies’.
CRAWL’s string of summer dates got off to a blazing start with a sweaty, thundering set at Toronto’s Bovine Sex Club as part of North by Northeast 2015. Stephanie Hughes of RazMataz Magazine called the set “a rallying cry to the heavy metal nation” and said the band “shouldn’t be missed by Canadian metalheads”.
Our summer of thunder continues through July with dates up and down Southern Ontario. On July 3, we are su…pporting the straight-up metal boogie of Texas Hippie Coalition and Red Sky Mary at the Garrision in Toronto. Second Pass opens the show.
On July 17, we hit the Brass Monkey in Ottawa with our pals in Claudia and Great Panic.
And on July 25 we return to Windsor to rock the Player’s Sports Club with Powerswitch!
We’re also super stoked to have also been invited to perform live in the New York City studio of the TheRealRadioShow.com on August 16. This show has played host to some hard rock legends and a bevvy of up and coming indie artists so this is a real thrill!! Stay tuned for more info on that!
In the meantime…rock hard and CRAWL on!!