Premier Concerts and Manic Presents:
295 Treadwell Street
Hamden, CT, 06514
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
“Sweet Crude is an extremely exciting new group with haunting and mesmerizing
vocals sung in Louisiana French and English.”
“When most think of New Orleans, what usually comes to mind immediately are wild Mardi Gras celebrations, great jazz, and Cafe Du Monde’s famed beignets. Hailing from the Louisiana city, rising indie pop six-piece Sweet Crude know there’s so much more to be found and appreciated: a richness in culture and history, which they’ve deftly woven into the foundation of their work.”
– Consequence of Sound
Over the past few years, Sweet Crude has managed to take the music and language of Louisiana and produce a completely fresh music that thrusts century-old traditions into the present. The six-piece band consistently delivers exciting shows featuring enough drums for a small marching band, exuberantly bellowed harmonies, and lyrics that jump from English to Louisiana French in a single verse. Boasting surnames like Marceaux and Chachere, Sweet Crude seeks to reconnect with their lineage in a way that draws on their own modern influences, while nodding to the music and language of their ancestors.
The members of Sweet Crude all hail from South Louisiana, a region which still holds onto its unique culture and way of life stronger than anywhere else in the United States. That said, many of those elements are fading with time as American culture gradually becomes more homogenized. This trend can be seen most directly in the gradual fade of the Louisiana French language. The members of Sweet Crude grew up with grandparents and great grandparents that spoke the region’s native dialect as their first language, yet with each successive generation, that language gets lost to time. Instead of singing the language in its usual music genres, zydeco and cajun, Sweet Crude draws on their own influences coming mainly from New Orleans music, pop, and indie rock to produce a sound that is accessible to today’s generation. In essence, they are taking the language out the museum, weaving it in with English, and giving it fresh legs and relevancy for years to come.
Sweet Crude released their debut LP Créatures in April of 2017 on Rhyme and Reason Records and followed the release with performances at major US festivals such as Bonnaroo, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and High Sierra. In addition to headlining their own US tour in April and May of 2017, they hit the road with their dear friends, Tank and the Bangas, on a sold-out nationwide club tour that lasted through the summer and fall. The band also won the Big Easy Award for “Best Rock Band” in New Orleans in 2017. The other two nominees were The Revivalists and Mutemath.
In 2018, Sweet Crude is scheduled to record their major label debut album (to be announced in Spring 2018), tour Europe, and return to the US festival circuit.
In 2014, two friends were making an EP when they realized they needed a drummer. Greg Ganci and Nick Delaney met up with a guy named Sean Lemkey, who took one listen to their four scratch demos, and made them sound absolutely complete. Unfortunately, it was around the same time where Sean would make his departure with another project as a frontman, which would take him around the country for the foreseeable future. This left Greg and Nick to hang back and work on tunes they had been developing since they started playing together at 15 years old.
It wasn't too long until the two ran into Ben Wahlberg, a quirky youngster they had went to school with who happened to be a dynamite drummer. The three would eventually form a project of their own, and amidst a number of different lineup changes, play shows all over New England and produce a 6-track EP.
As fate would have it, Sean moved back home to Connecticut and started jamming with Greg. The guitarists would eventually bring Nick in on bass and Ben behind the kit to cover early Sublime and 311 tunes. From there, the foursome quickly found their own sound, and used these musical influences to create GreenHouse,their own, original sound they had been looking for from the start. With tones ranging from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Bob Marley, the quartet continues to develop new, original music to make people dance and put smiles on their faces.