The Crüxshadows

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The Crüxshadows
Origin Tallahassee, Florida, United States
Genres Dance, trance, pop, rock, synthpop, dark wave, gothic rock (early '90s)[1]
Years active 1992–present
Labels Wishfire Records
Website www.thecruxshadows.com
Members Rogue
Jen "Pyromantic" Jawidzik
Jessica Lackey
JoHanna Moresco
David Russell Wood
Rachel Whitford
Past members

The Crüxshadows /ˈkrʃædz/[2] is an American dark wave and dark synthpop band currently based in Jacksonville, Florida, United States.

The band has an international following of dedicated fans and has toured North America, Europe, and Asia.[3]

History[edit]

The band was originally formed in 1992 by Rogue, Sean Flanagan[4] and Tim Curry, in Tallahassee, Florida.[2]

1990s[edit]

1993 - The Crüxshadows self-released their debut cassette, ...night crawls in,

1995 - The band released their first CD Telemetry of a Fallen Angel, later distributed by Dancing Ferret Discs

1997 - Both Sean and Tim left the band[5] and were replaced by Chris Brantley, Kevin Page, and Trevor Brown.

1999 - With the new lineup, the band released The Mystery of the Whisper, Until the Voices Fade..., and Paradox Addendum.[6]

2000s[edit]

2000 - The band contributed a song titled "Deception" to Music from the Succubus Club. This song was also released in a German language version titled "Täuschung".

2001 - They played their first tour of Europe[7] and released a tour CD for their European live shows called Intercontinental Drift, later released as Echoes and Artifacts.[8]

2002 - EP Tears debuted at No 5 in the Deutsche Alternative Charts. The full length album Wishfire also placed at No. 2 on the DAC

2003 - Ethernaut released featuring another fan favorite song "Winterborn".

2004 - The Crüxshadows released a remix disc based on the material on the Ethernaut CD called Fortress In Flames

2005 - Release of Shadowbox, a live DVD / CD-EP.

2006 - Single release "Sophia" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales chart and at No. 7 on the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart. Its release coincided with the band's performance at 2006's Dragon*Con, where the band credits fans in attendance for the charting.[9]

2007 - Dreamcypher full length release. Single "Birthday" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Singles Sales Chart.[10]

The band played the MIDI Festival[11][12] in Beijing, China in May.

Rachel McDonnell, George Bikos, and Sarah Poulos left the group at the end of the 2007 DreamCypher tour, to be replaced with Valerie Gentile, JoHanna Moresco, David Russel Wood, and Sarah Stewart (aka Sarah Kilgore).

2008 - EP "Immortal" released in July, and became the band's third consecutive single on Billboard in the United States. 2008 was also the last

2009 - Valerie Gentile was replaced with Cassandra Luger.[13] who was soon replaced by guitarist Mike Perez in early 2010[14]

Performing in Germany on July 25, 2015

The EP "Quicksilver" debuted at No. 32 on the Billboard U.S. Hot 100 Singles Sales chart[15]

2012 - As The Dark Against My Halo became the first Cruxshadows disc to earn a number one position on the German Alternative Charts.[16]

Labels[edit]

The Crüxshadows initially self-released two albums under the imprint name Black Widow Music between 1992 and 1996.[17] Those titles were Night Crawls In... and Telemetry of A Fallen Angel. In 1997, they signed a deal with Nesak International/Kado Records to give Telemetry of A Fallen Angel a full commercial release, as well as an option for a future album. Nesak eventually sold their rights to Dancing Ferret Discs and Mere Mortal Records.[1] Mere Mortal Records went out of business prior to releasing any albums by The Crüxshadows.[18] Dancing Ferret Discs released a number of The Crüxshadows titles over the following ten years.[19] In July 2008, Dancing Ferret Discs announced that it was becoming a catalog label and while existing titles would remain in print, the label would not be releasing new albums.[20] Rather than sign a deal with another label, The Crüxshadows started their own label in mid-2009, in cooperation with several established labels and distributors in different markets worldwide.[21] Their new label was named Wishfire Records and their first release was "Quicksilver", which hit the shelves in the USA on September 8, 2009.[22] The song became their fourth consecutive single to reach the top 10 on the Billboard Hot Dance Singles Charts, and their third to occupy the No. 1 position.[23]

Touring[edit]

In 2007, they were invited to play at the Midi Music Festival in Beijing, China.[24][25]

In 2009 and 2010, the band performed on the Gothic Cruise.[26]

Through much of their history, the band has toured the festival circuit in Europe. The band has not undertaken a large scale tour of North America since the 2008 tour in support of the "Immortal" EP. They continue to play annual single shows in Atlanta and the occasional appearances elsewhere.

Lyrics and concepts[edit]

Much of The Crüxshadows' music is based on Greek and Egyptian mythology, including symbolic references to a number of mythical figures,[27] and many of their lyrics deal with the concept of God.[27]

References in popular culture[edit]

References to the band or the band's music appear in the writings by authors Caitlín R. Kiernan,[28][29] Sherrilyn Kenyon,[30] and John Ringo.[31] R

The Crüxshadows name and likeness have occurred as cameos or background in comic books like Vertigo/DC Comics' The Dreaming, video games, television shows like CSI,[32] and cartoon strips.[33][34][35]

Members[edit]

  • Rogue – lead vocals, violin, programming, songwriting
  • Rachel Whitford – guitar
  • Jen "Pyromantic" Jawidzik – live synths, backing vocals
  • JoHanna Moresco – violin, backing vocals
  • David Russell Wood – violin, backing vocals
  • Jessica Lackey - drums, backing vocals, former dancer
Former or non-active members
  • Jenne Vermes - dancer, backing vocals
  • Cassandra Luger – guitar
  • Valerie Gentile – guitar, backing vocals
  • Rachel McDonnell – keyboard, violin
  • Stacey Campbell – guitar, vocals
  • George Bikos – guitar
  • Tim Curry – guitar
  • Kevin Page – guitar
  • Chris Brantley – keyboard, vocals
  • Trevor Brown – keyboard
  • Sean Flanagan – keyboard
  • Nick Bottom – keyboard
  • Beth Allen – dancer
  • Holly McCall – dancer, backing vocals
  • Rachel Ulrich – dancer
  • Sarah Poulos – dancer, backing vocals
  • Sarah Stewart – dancer, backing vocals
  • Holly Hasty – dancer, backing vocals
  • Nichole Tadlock – dancer, backing vocals
  • Stephanie Griffith - dancer, backing vocals.
  • Stacia Marian – dancer, backing vocals
  • Ally Knight – dancer, backing vocals
  • Mike Perez – guitar

Related Projects[edit]

  • Spider Lilies[36] is fronted by Stacey Campbell
  • The Labyrinth[37] fronted by Sarah Stewart
  • Sapphire Rebellion[38] fronted by Crüxshadows' former guitarist Tim Curry.
  • Angelspit has included both Valerie Gentile and George Bikos
  • Black Tape For A Blue Girl featured Valerie Gentile for a time

Discography[edit]

Leverkusen 12/06/2002

Albums[edit]

Released Title
1993 ...Night Crawls In
1995 Telemetry of a Fallen Angel (original release)
1999 The Mystery of the Whisper
2001 Echoes and Artifacts/Intercontinental Drift
2002 Wishfire
2003 Ethernaut
2004 Telemetry of a Fallen Angel (anniversary edition)
2005 ...Night Crawls In (reissue)
2006 The Mystery of the Whisper & Until the Voices Fade (reissue)
2007 DreamCypher
2012 As the Dark Against My Halo
2017 Astromythology

EPs and singles[edit]

Released Title Type
1999 Until the Voices Fade... EP
2000 Paradox Addendum EP
2001 Tears EP
2003 Frozen Embers EP
2004 Fortress In Flames EP
2006 "Sophia" Single
2007 "Birthday" Single
2008 "Immortal" Single
2009 Quicksilver EP
2011 "Valkyrie" Single
2016 "Helios" Single

DVDs[edit]

Released Title Type
2005 Shadowbox CD+DVD

Chart peak positions[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Rogue, from the Cruxshadows, interviewed by Benny Hell". Vampirefreaks.com. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  3. ^ Cooke, Shawn. "Gothic over-achievers Crüxshadows performing at Pegasus | Music Features | Pittsburgh City Paper". Pittsburghcitypaper.ws. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived July 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "The History of the Cruxshadows". 
  6. ^ [2] Archived May 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ [3] Archived April 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Alex Davie. "Shout! Online :: Latest News :: October 2004". Shout.ru. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  9. ^ [4] Archived March 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Crüxshadows - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-08-30. 
  11. ^ [5] Archived September 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "图文:迷笛第四天落幕-CRUXSHADOWS性感装束_影音娱乐_新浪网". Ent.sina.com.cn. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  13. ^ [6] Archived March 21, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
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  15. ^ "The state of things... van The Cruxshadows op Myspace". Blogs.myspace.com. 2009-09-28. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  16. ^ "The Crüxshadows: News". Cruxshadows.com. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  17. ^ [7] Archived November 8, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ "Mere Mortal Company Info". Rocketpop.com. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  19. ^ "Dancing Ferret Discs - CDs and Vinyl at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  20. ^ "Dancing Ferret Discs". Dancing-ferret.com. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  21. ^ "Welcome To The Future : Wishfire Records Homepage". Wishfirerecords.com. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  22. ^ Quicksilver. "Quicksilver: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  23. ^ [8] Archived April 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  24. ^ [9] Archived December 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
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  26. ^ "2016 Gothic Cruise Hell Freezes Over". www.gothiccruise.com. Retrieved 2017-08-30. 
  27. ^ a b [10] Archived February 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  28. ^ "DarkEcho/HorrorOnline: Caitlin R. Kiernan (2000)". Darkecho.com. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  29. ^ Caitlín R. Kiernan (2004-11-10). "greygirlbeast | Nov. 10th, 2004". Greygirlbeast.dreamwidth.org. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  30. ^ [11] Archived February 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  31. ^ "John Ringo > FAQ > Music FAQ". Johnringo.nitro.gen.nz. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  32. ^ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, season 8, episode 7: Goodbye and good luck
  33. ^ "The Crüxshadows". Officialcruxshadows.com. 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  34. ^ "Cartoon" (JPG). Thecruxshadows.com. Retrieved 2015-03-28. 
  35. ^ "Cruxshadows". GothyBeans!. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  36. ^ "About Us | Spider Lilies". spiderliliesmusic.com. Retrieved 2017-08-30. 
  37. ^ "The Labrynth". www.thelabrynth.com. Retrieved 2017-08-30. 
  38. ^ "Sapphire Rebellion". sapphirerebellion.com. Retrieved 2017-08-30. 

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