The Horrible Crowes

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The Horrible Crowes
Origin New Jersey, United States
Genres Rock, Alternative rock, Soul
Years active 2011–present
Labels SideOneDummy Records
Associated acts The Gaslight Anthem
Website http://thehorriblecrowes.com
Members Brian Fallon
Ian Perkins

The Horrible Crowes is a two-piece project consisting of the lead singer and guitarist of the Gaslight Anthem, Brian Fallon, and his guitar tech, Ian Perkins. Fallon participates in the Horrible Crowes concurrently with the Gaslight Anthem, a band he formed in 2005.[1]

Formation[edit]

Fallon announced the formation of the Horrible Crowes on January 20, 2011, on his blog, explaining that "the name comes from a poem called the "Twa Corbies", which means "two crows". He added: "Check it out, it's a dark commentary on life. It's the darker side of soul music, it's slow, it slithers, and it's raw. At the same time, the melodies and pianos are a juxtaposition to the topic material because it's eerily soothing. I'm really proud of what's been coming out and we'll see how it goes, but it's in the works and it's heading for an actual record." [2]

Fallon also said the group was going to do some touring, but on a far smaller scale than the Gaslight Anthem. He also assured his fans that the Horrible Crowes would be, in his words, a "for me" project and that he would continue to focus on the Gaslight Anthem.

Releases[edit]

A preview of the track "Black Betty and the Moon" from the upcoming album was posted on YouTube on June 21, 2011.[3]

The debut single of the Horrible Crowes' first single, "Behold the Hurricane", was made available for streaming through RollingStone.com on July 13, 2011.[4] A music video was released featuring actor Joseph Mawle.[5] On September 20, the video for "Behold the Hurricane" was uploaded to the Horrible Crowes' website.[6]

On September 1, 2011, Rolling Stone streamed the debut album Elsie in its entirety. The physical album was released in the United States on September 6, 2011. The album was reported to be a departure from the sound and attitude of the Gaslight Anthem. Fallon, in describing the album, said: "As much as I have this fantasy in the Gaslight Anthem of being Bruce Springsteen, I also have this fantasy of being Tom Waits or Greg Dulli. These songs are very dark; they're like hymns for lonely people, it’s really a trip through a breakdown and that descent into madness and hopefully redemption." Fallon and Perkins will begin playing a limited number of shows in support of the album starting September 8.[7][8]

On December 2, 2011, "Huffington Post" blogger Jon Chattman named "Elsie" the #2 album of 2011. He wrote, "Out of nowhere, this Gaslight Anthem (don't call it a) side project resonated with me so strongly. There's not a bad song on this." [9]

On September 24, 2013,[10] the band released a live DVD/LP/CD of their second-ever live performance at the Troubadour on September 14, 2011.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Live Albums[edit]

  • Live at the Troubadour (2013) (CD+DVD)

Singles[edit]

  • "Behold the Hurricane" (2011)
  • "Ladykiller" (2012)

Music Videos[edit]

  • Behold the Hurricane (2011)
  • Ladykiller (2012)

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