Crash Kings (Record Release)
Atomic Tom, Night Riots
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
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Crash Kings (Record Release)
Crash Kings give rock 'n' roll a tune-up on their forthcoming sophomore album Dark of the
Rather than employ the same old tricks of the trade, the Los Angeles trio breathes new life into
the genre. There's no guitar, nor does there have to be. Eschewing the six-string standard, the
band utilizes clavinet, vintage keyboards, piano, analog synthesizers, distorted bass, and a good
old-fashioned drum stomp. Crash Kings—Antonio (Vocals, Keyboards) and Michael Beliveau
(Bass) and Jason Morris (handling drums on the album—bent and broke boundaries in order to
craft their second album due out this summer. They're giving new meaning to the word
Growing up in suburban Massachusetts, the Brothers Beliveau knew they were meant to make
music together. One grainy family photo even shows Tony at three-years-old sitting at his dad's
piano next to Michael just a year old. Growing up, they jammed together constantly, but it wasn't
until the duo graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music that their own vision
started coming into focus.
In 2006, Crash Kings came to life in Los Angeles. Shortly after forming, they caught the ear of
the legendary producer and songwriter Linda Perry who signed them to Custard Records. With
Perry's guidance, the group developed an enigmatic sound all their own. That sound resulted in a
deal with Universal Motown in 2008, laying the groundwork for their self-titled debut to hit
shelves in 2009.
Propelled by the hit single "Mountain Man", Crash Kings sent shockwaves throughout modern
rock. The group was featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and George Lopez Tonight, as "Mountain
Man" took a firm hold on the #1 spot of Billboard's Alternative Songs Chart. Their music was
also featured in Zombieland and Warren Miller’s Dynasty as the band invaded every facet of pop
Everything has been kicked up a notch (or eleven) for the band's second album. Michael
explains, "On our first album, we focused on making edgy rock n’ roll that featured the piano.
This time around, we delved into using synthesizers and the clavinet a lot more. We've evolved
and expanded - this is unexplored territory for us."
In order to properly canvas that unchartered territory, the band enlisted Nick Launay [Nick Cave
and the Bad Seeds, Arcade Fire, The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Supergrass] as producer. "We were
searching for someone who was willing to take some risks," says Michael. "I started researching
producers and came across Nick. So we put in a call. We met him for coffee and after five
minutes of talking music, we knew he was the guy."
In the past, the band primarily worked from song ideas that Tony brought them. However, for
this second album, Crash Kings hunkered down in their Los Angeles studio for three months
writing together. As a result, each element stands out on songs like "6 Foot Tall". Tony's
whammy bar outfitted clavinet wails like a full-on rock orchestra, while Michael's bass roars and
rumbles with a distorted hum. Each song sounds more uninhibited than the next, especially when
Jason's bombastic beats kick in. Antonio reveals, "The fact that we tracked the drums, bass, and
most of keys live, gave this record an edge we were seeking."
In April 2011, Crash Kings set up shop in a North Hollywood house originally built by deceased
Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro. The group would work during the afternoon, and then dine together
at night before recording all evening. However, a few times, they think they may have gotten a
little assistance from the home's original owner...
"That house is a little haunted," laughs Michael. "I had a few run-ins with the ghost when I was
by myself. I came home from a Queens of the Stone Age concert, and I heard someone talking to
me in the backyard, but I was the only one there. Another time, I swear I locked up and, when I
came back, every door was wide open."
The only thing otherworldly about Crash Kings is their music. Their explosive live shows have
entranced audiences of all shapes and sizes. They're unique brand of rock has lead them to share
the stage with the likes of Stone Temple Pilots, Jet, Anberlin, Chris Cornell, The Bravery, and
Ultimately, Crash Kings go back to the basics with their new music, and they can rock anywhere.
"We have this love of traditional rock from the '60s and '70s," Michael goes on. "We're not hung
up on overproducing our music and layering to make it sound bigger. Most of time our
philosophy is: 'less is more'. There's a lot you can do with just three instruments and vocals".
Crash Kings bring back that traditional spirit with a fresh fire. "We want to turn heads and make
people think," concludes Michael. "That's why we're here".
The story of Atomic Tom begins in Brooklyn. Atomic Tom started to hear their lyrics shouted back at them at shows. "We knew the time was right for a full-length record."
Boasting an exhilarating electronica-meets-arena-rock shuffle that is hauntingly delicate, Atomic Tom demonstrates remarkable musical ability and diversity, married with an innate sense of how to connect with an audience on a grand scale. "It's possible to reach each and every individual in an eighty thousand seat stadium," claims Philip. "You can make an enormous, towering sound and still say something deeply meaningful and musical." They plan to do just that.
The band's first single, "Take Me Out", neatly summarizes the theme of the record: "It's a vulnerable song. It's about letting people into your life, letting people rescue you," explains Luke. "Admitting that you need that, and then asking for it...that's a very difficult task, though it's something everyone goes through at some point."
NIGHT RIOTS is setting the alternative underworld ablaze as swift and smartly as their brooding, melody rich and timeless songs have already endeared them to critics. The Southern California based band has a unique melodic sensibility -- delivering transcendent pop music that is both modern and timeless; as well as both sinister and romantic, with the downbeat flare of new wave, '80s movie soundtracks.
Frontman Travis Hawley spent five years in England before moving to a small coastal town with only one traffic light, where he met guitarists Nick Fotinakes and Matt DePauw, bassist Mikel Van Kranenburg and drummer Rico Rodriguez. Now heralded by Rolling Stone as one of the "Top 16 Unsigned Bands in North America," Night Riots are currently on tour with Young Rising Sons and have shared the stage with a diverse group of bands including Cage The Elephant, Walk The Moon, Meg Myers, OK Go, The Mowgli's, Wild Cub, Driver Friendly, Youngblood Hawke, The Front Bottoms, Angels & Airwaves and many more.
After the tremendous success of their debut EP, 'Young Lore,' and praise from the likes of Billboard, Earmilk, KCRW, MTV, FUSE, Huffington Post, KROQ, All Things Go, NYLON, AV Club and Filter, Night Riots show no signs of slowing down. Signed to Sumerian Records, Night Riots recently released 'Howl,' produced by Eric Palmquist (Bad Suns, Trash Talk, Waaves, Mars Volta). "Contagious," the EP's lead single, climbed the radio charts -- skyrocketing to #1 on SiriusXM's Alt Nation Alt 18 Countdown, and breaking into the Top 50 at Alt Radio.