Crippled Black Phoenix

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Crippled Black Phoenix
Origin United Kingdom, Sweden
Genres Progressive rock, post-rock, ambient, experimental rock, neo-psychedelia
Years active 2004–present
Labels Invada, Domino, Mascot Label Group
Associated acts Electric Wizard, Hearts of Black Science, Gonga, Iron Monkey, Mogwai, Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine, Scarlatti Tilt
Website www.crippledblackphoenix.co.uk
Members Justin Greaves
Daniel Änghede
Mark Furnevall
Daisy Chapman
Ben Wilsker

Crippled Black Phoenix is a rock group from the United Kingdom centred on the multi-instrumentalist Justin Greaves.[1] Several musicians have contributed to Crippled Black Phoenix's albums and played with them during their live shows.[2]

History[edit]

Members of the band used to play in other bands (including Iron Monkey, Gonga, Mogwai, Electric Wizard, Hearts of Black Science and others).[3][4] In 2004, Justin Greaves began recording primitive sounds he had had in mind for years. He was encouraged by Dominic Aitchison, and their ideas would lay the backbone for Crippled Black Phoenix. The name of the band was taken from the lyrics of "Big Loader," a song on the debut album by Greaves' previous band, Iron Monkey.[5]

Although originally having an unorthodox start, since all the band members were part of and busy with other projects at the time of the band's founding, Crippled Black Phoenix remained committed to staying together and forged their sound. The band writes what they call "endtime ballads,"[6] signifying both the slightly macabre nature of their songs and their unusual blend of styles as the final evolution in music. This blend has led to them being called everything from stoner-prog to freak-folk to doom.[7]

Crippled Black Phoenix have made live shows a focus and have performed in unusual venues, using Victorian-era instruments in tandem with more modern instruments.[8]

In December 2014, Justin Greaves went public with a feud between himself and guitarist Karl Demata. Greaves called Demata a "coward scumbag thief" who "maliciously" registered a trademark for the band's name without his knowledge.[9] Demata issued a statement saying that he had claimed the trademark for all members of the band, past and present. Demata also asserted that Greaves had consistently failed to pay him and other band members for their contributions, and had kept royalties and other band income for himself.[10][11]

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2012 interview" Tom McKibbin, 'Justin Greaves: Interview With The Infamous Musician', The Sleeping Shaman, 11 October 2012
  2. ^ Crippled Black Phoenix MySpace
  3. ^ http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/10659-a-love-of-shared-disasters/
  4. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1066303
  5. ^ Sutton, Dave (12 October 2011). "Interview with Justin Greaves (Crippled Black Phoenix)". Love It Loud.com. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Sheffield, Hazel (11 May 2009). "Crippled Black Phoenix: Onward Christian Soldiers, Marching As Unto War". The Quietus. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Artist listing: Crippled Black Phoenix from Drowned in Sound
  8. ^ Crippled Black Phoenix Biography
  9. ^ Lach, Stef (2014-12-19). "Supergroup members take swipes at each other in row over band's name". TeamRock. Team Rock Limited. Retrieved 2014-12-22. 
  10. ^ Demata, Karl (2014-12-17). "It has come to my attention...". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-12-22. 
  11. ^ Τουρούτογλου, Από Αναστασία (2014-12-19). "Σε ποιον ανήκει το όνομα;". Yahoo News/Avopolis. Yahoo News/Avopolis. Retrieved 2014-12-22. 
  12. ^ [1]. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  13. ^ "White Light Generator – Track listing". Retrieved February 17, 2014.

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