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MP3 Crete Boom - Ne&acut
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"Too many genres, Boom of Crete, a wild and unfortunately unausgegorene Tour de Force".

6 MP3 Songs in this album (23:45) !
Related styles: ROCK: Rock & Roll, BLUES: Blues-Rock

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"Now some acts really suit the surroundings of the Sugar Club. Crete Boom, for instance, a rocky, poppy, jazzy quintet, who are right at home here with their laid-back saxy vibes and a singer who fidgets delightfully and manically on the spot while delivering zippy lyrics to zippy tunes. Itâs refreshing and moreish. "(In Dublin magazine, 2006)

Johnny Craig reviewing an early Crete Boom gig. Leading a band means dealing with a permanent feeling of what Lucan described as 'nil actum credens dum quid superesset agendum'. Still in the two years or so since that particular gig we've done quite a lot: we've expanded to a septet, more or less the band I dreamed about putting together but figured for a long while that i never would; we've recorded a twenty-four track album, six of which we've just released as an EP; we've gigged all over the place, from the Inishfree rock festival off the coast of Donegal, to the Zelt Musik Festival in Frieburg, Germany. Christy Moore should have a song about how long a way it is from Inishfree to Frieburg, until he pens that one you'll have to take my word for it - it's a long way. These things add up to a good deal more than nothing....but much remains to be done, alas.

Crete Boom starts in Ballina, Co. Mayo in the west of Ireland. When we were teenagers there were no bands, commercial dance music and the cult of the DJ has shouldered out the U2 band craze of the 80s and early 90s. Not that Ballina was a musical wasteland, far from it, we could catch up with at least two jazz sessions a week, one led by trumpet player Judd Ruane Sr, a friend of my Dads, and the other by PJ Duffy, Judd's brother-in-law. Judd's session was all class and unrepentant jazz, with well known players from all over the country dropping in frequently to strut their stuff in the Riverboat. Pj's session was more fun with all styles and genres catered for...PJ himself could play organ, flute, baritone and his favourite tenor saxophone. It was at PJ's sessions we first got to play, Colm sitting in for the Shadows 'Apache' and me nervously soloing over Van's 'Moondance'. Around that time we started a covers band with Mick Ruane as our lead singer and Paul Newell (who now has his own band, Whitewater) on bass. We had a great few years but when college intervened it was over fairly quickly. Colm was the only one who decided to keep up the music, he was accepted into Newpark jazz school which is where he met saxophonist Ben Green, a Killiney native. It wasn't until late 2004 that Colm persuaded myself and Mick (now our bass player) to get back into music. After a fair bit of messing Mick recruited Paddy Delaney (ex the Boxmen) from Clonskeagh as our front-man. This year we added Dee Al-Shamaa on vocals , another native of Ballina, and Wiley Wynne on piano, a laid-back west coast American - every rock and roll band should have one of them.

My influences as a songwriter are rooted in the jazz and rock and roll I was exposed to from a very early age in the Riverboat and PJ Duffys bar. As a teenager the cult Irish music show 'No Disco' was big - I was obsessed by the Beastie Boys ('pass the mic' was my favourite video) to the extent that I tried to dress like a B-Boy: farah slacks, adidas trainers and my Grand Royale workshirt, much to the amusement of my friends. The show's compare, Donal Dineen would play Orbital and then follow it with Oasis, it was quite an education for an impressionable mind and I was a dedicated pupil - I still have ten or so dusty no disco compilation video tapes to prove it.
My first big concert was when I saw Oasis support REM in 95 and that was probably why I decided to learn the guitar. No doubt history will not be kind to Oasis but as far as us kids of the nineties were concerned they had the tunes, they were cool and had the Irish/Mayo connections (very important). Noel Gallagher was a tidy little player too, he had his pentatonic solos - a very good grounding for a young fella starting off on the guitar like myself.
The next big thing was when a friend introduced me to the music of Frank Zappa. I loved Zappa's wild playing style, and his disregard for generic rules and consistency, it might not be superficially obvious but Crete Boom has this ideology at its centre - 'zu viele genre' as one German review put it. After Zappa everything would have to be more ambitious and what harm? We have blues, jazz, traditional, country, soul, rock and roll, punk and indie songs. We've even got, dare I say it, a u2/coldplay style baseline ballad that I know i'd knock the shit out of if it was written by some other band but, quoteth Swift, 'there is nothing in this world constant save inconstancy'. We have a song that barely makes for 2 minutes, 'Rust on the Loop', and a song that hardly ever lasts for less than 10, 'Broken teeth'. The former imitates an Aisling poem, the latter I got from an ancient tape demo - a loop cut from a Massive Attack number with me rapping over it of all things.

In the lyrics there are all kinds of writers and poets, fossils extracted from the black pit of my nearly extinct education. Even in the most capricious, back-of-a-cigarette-packet style lyrics I sneak in little things from Aristotle to Moliere to Thomas Hardy. Offensively âhipâ authors such as Cormac McCarthy, Hunter S Thompson, Jack Kerouac et al don't figure. I prefer to leave these guys to themselves, gathering dust in HMV's token book section.

Playing together we improvise, we swing, we speed up and down, we do all sorts of illegal acts that offend the conservative world of âtightâ. Weâre loose in our own way and thats the way we like it. We dress sharp now mostly because thats what the jazzmen would always wear on stage, never matching suits and nice leather shoes...to dress indie is to admit defeat before you even reach the stage, at least that's the way I always felt about it.

The 'Ne'er do well' EP is a collection of three fairly soulful songs and three oddities. Next up will be Navy and Grey, a five-tracker with more of jazz/chess records feel. After that I guess we'll have another crack at releasing the album depending on the funds.

The first Crete Boom gig was almost three years ago as I write this, November 2005 at the Faction records Christmas party to be exact, in the old downstairs of what was Spirit in Dublin. Spirit is long gone and sometimes I think its amazing we're not gone too, three years of persistence has got us only to the beginning.


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