The Crash Kings
|The Crash Kings|
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Labels||Custard, Universal Motown, Universal Republic, Republic|
|Members||Antonio "Tony" Beliveau
|Past members||Jason Morris|
The Crash Kings is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 2006. The members are vocalist-keyboardist Antonio "Tony" Beliveau, his brother and bassist Mike Beliveau, and drummer Tom Roslak. The band's self-titled debut album Crash Kings was released May 26, 2009 on Custard/Universal Motown. "Mountain Man", the band's first single, was released to U.S. modern rock radio stations in October, and entered Billboard's Alternative Songs chart the following month. It reached #1 on the Billboard Alternative Radio charts in March 2010. The band is known for using analog keyboards such as the Clavinet with distortion effects and a whammy bar in place of a typical lead guitar.
Brothers Mike and Tony Beliveau grew up in Andover, Massachusetts, a suburban city north of Boston. Tony started playing piano by age six, and started to write music during middle school. After high school, he briefly studied jazz piano at the University of North Texas before deciding to return to Boston and ultimately attend the Berklee College of Music where younger brother Mike was already a student. After Berklee and relocating to Los Angeles, Tony sent Mike (who had relocated to New York) some recorded tracks he had been working on. Impressed with the tracks and Tony's singing, Mike packed up and moved to LA a week later.
A few months after the band's formation, the band drew the attention of songwriter and record producer Linda Perry, who met with vocalist/keyboardist Antonio Beliveau, and signed the group to her Custard Records label. After the band performed for Sylvia Rhone, president of Universal Music Group's Motown Records, The Crash Kings were led to Dave Sardy, who produced the band's eponymous debut album for Custard/Universal Motown. Released on May 26, 2009, the album reached number 30 on Billboard's U.S. Top Heatseekers albums chart. The album's first single, "Mountain Man", entered the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in November and peaked at number one on March 28, 2010. The band has toured with such artists as Chris Cornell, Anberlin, Stone Temple Pilots, David Cook, Jet, The Bravery, Mason Jennings, and Rooney.
The band completed recording and released a new album titled Dark of the Daylight. The band had a great amount of difficulty releasing the album and turned to online crowd sourcing site Kickstarter in order to release it.
- Antonio Beliveau - Lead Vocals, Piano, Clavinet
- Mike Beliveau - Bass, Backing Vocals
- Tom Roslak - Drums
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