Craw (band)

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Origin Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Genres Indie, Math Rock, Post Rock
Years active 1989–present
Labels HydraHead
Associated acts Colossamite, Keelhaul, Zeni Geva, Dazzling Killmen, and Ruins
Members Rockie Brockway (guitar), Zak Dieringer (bass), Joe McTighe (voice), Will Scharf (drums)
Past members David McClelland (guitar), Neil Chastain (drums), Chris Apanius (bass), Matt Dufresne (baritone sax), Marcus Rosinski (alto sax)

Craw is an independent band from Cleveland, Ohio, USA. They belong to the harder-edged branch of the math rock or post rock movement, in the same category as bands such as Colossamite, Keelhaul, Zeni Geva, Dazzling Killmen, and Ruins.


Formed in 1989, the group originally consisted of Joe McTighe on vocals, David McClelland and Rockie Brockway on electric guitars, Chris Apanius on bass and Neil Chastain on drums. Eventually the group parted ways with David McClelland, making them a four-piece outfit. After the first album (self-titled "Craw") the group sometimes also featured saxophones by Matt Dufresne (baritone saxophone) and Marcus Rosinski (alto saxophone) both on record and live performances. Ultimately the group parted ways with both Chastain and Apanius, who were replaced by Will Scharf and Zak Dieringer respectively.

The group's first three full length recordings were recorded with the help of Steve Albini. The last release, entitled Bodies for Strontium 90, was engineered by Bill Korecky at Mars studios, and is available on the indie label HydraHead Records.

As of 2007 Craw is still a semi-functional four-piece outfit, but does not tour.

In late 2015, Northern Spy Records will reissue Craw's first three albums as a limited-edition vinyl box set.


Craw's music features tight, rhythmically complex riffs; vocals that range from a faint whine to an explosive shriek; a broad dynamic range; atmospheric guitar textures; epic song structures; and esoteric lyrical themes. The band incorporates elements of post-hardcore, metal, math rock, progressive rock and experimental improv but doesn't fit comfortably into any niche.



Full-length Releases[edit]



  • Hotel Cleveland Vol. 3 Comp. - Scat Records
  • 3128 Seconds Over Cleveland Comp. - WUJC/Scat Records
  • Ballyhoo Guns Records Comp. - Ballyhoo Guns Records (?)
  • Digging Out The Switch Again - Tribute to The Dazzling Killmen (covering "My Lacerations") - The Subversive Workshop
  • CLE Magazine Comp. - CLE Magazine
  • Decline of the Midwestern Civilization Comp. - Ant Records


Final line-up[edit]

  • Rockie Brockway (guitar)
  • Zak Dieringer (bass)
  • Joe McTighe (voice)
  • Will Scharf (drums)

Previous musicians[edit]

  • David McClelland (guitar)
  • Neil Chastain (drums)
  • Chris Apanius (bass)
  • Matt Dufresne (baritone sax)
  • Marcus Rosinski (alto sax)

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