300 E34th St.
NY, NY, 10016
Typically the better Indie rock bands have the kind of sound that´s hard to nail down in a description. With that said who the hell knows how to describe Crazy Mary. Their sound sways amid electronics and trippy guitarwork along with cascading drums. Their singer reminds me a bit of the Clash and early punk yet it´s not quite that obnoxiously British. Being from New York probably lets them be this obscure and yet achieve a great sence of musical style. With a tribute to Johnny Thunders how can you go wrong?
Astronaut Dubs isn´t so much spacey as it is dead-on hard nosed punk crossed with hard rock. The band´s influences are easily found in their tribute track, Johnny Thunders (Radioactive Dub), while Lightnin´ Strikes (Intergalactic Dub), includes a legnthy homage to the Kinks´ You Really Got Me. Crazy Mary take the classic Kinks tune, noodle about with it a bit and overlay the Track with the words lightnin´ strikes earthquake hits and my favourite tidal wave pants, simple but effective, and perhaps dubbing it felt something like being struck by lightning. Blitzkrieg well describes this album; you´ll enjoy being hit hard by the rock and the steady beats until Astronaut Dubs reaches it s quick finish.
Astronaut Dubs is a strange blend of something like a cross between surfbilly, dub, frat rock, and trance maybe. Like trad dub, a few songs are put through various alternate dubs and the weird surf element definitely keeps you guessing. And you know I like that.
Cosmik Debris Magazine:
Their latest, Astronaut Dubs, is an EP length collection of remixes from She Comes In Waves and their 1998 debut, Passion Pit. I haven´t heard Passion Pit, so I don´t know if they improved on Lightnin´ Strikes or Johnny Thunders but Shock Me, from Waves was born for the double dub treatment it gets here. The good news is that Astronaut Dubs finds the band exploring ways to reshape their sound, and the ways they find work pretty damn well. Well enough for that next step? That´s up to people like you to decide. Which you can´t do if you don´t check them out. Which you should do.
Cosmik Debris Magazine:
Crazy Mary is a NYC based quintet that´s grabbed considerable attention on the college radio front with a pair of indie releases. Last year´s She Comes In Waves is a fine representation of what they do.
What they do is a fin de siecle style of psychedelia that carries hints of influences including the Velvet Underground, Blondie and the Cramps. Add the band´s own somewhat quirky outlook and classic DIY production values and you´ve got instant college radio classics. A leap to the next step, if they want to take it, will probably require rethinking those production values a bit, but if they´ re happy with how they´ re doing, they have an audience that´s clearly happy with how they´ re doing it.
Aiding & Abetting:
A wonderfully inventive and eclectic (you might think I´m using that word too much, but I´m not) band. Crazy Mary simply refuses to stick to any one particular style. Well, unless you want to say the band is reminiscent of the Mekons. That would be fair.
And a high compliment, as regular readers will note. Crazy Mary expresses lots of strange ideas in even more unconventional fashion. And yet, it´s still rock and roll. From Venus perhaps, or Mars, but the roots can be spotted.
With two principal songwriters, three singers (two male-the writers-and one female) the comparisons to the troupe-formerly-hailing-from-Leeds increase. The real trick to making this sort of music convincing is evoking a sence of vulnerability and fragility, as if we are seeing inside the collective heart of the band.
Crazy Mary offers itself up on the alter of rock and roll. Personally, I´ve drawn my knife. I´m ready for more.
Um. Uh okay. There are 12 songs on this 40-something minute cd. 5 people are entirely responsible for what you hear. That´s all I should say.
But pressing on. I´m listening to Cancer on the Photograph. It´s weird like bongwater. It´s odd, within a rock and pop setting. That´s the whole CD, not just this song. I´ve never heard we´re all gonna die exclaimed with more happiness than in Shot By Bullets I don´t know if I should take them seriously or tear my hair out and run through the NYC streets naked, waving something rude. I do believe either action would be perfectly reasonable after a session with Crazy Mary.
I say all of that in pseudo jest you know, because they are tearing up college charts all over the place, being played out of tons of speakers. Influencing our younger generation to thinking about things differently, to de-popping the mainstream radio dials, and getting a new genre heard and loved throughout New York state (at the very least).
If you´ve not heard them, you´ve not heard anything like them. I suggest you gear up, take your last gulp of Air Supply, and GO OVER THE TOP.