Gig Of The Week: Crowbar
WHERE: Newcastle Academy 2
WHEN: Monday, January 17
The New Orleans sludge masters return to the UK for the first time since 2006, and mainman Kirk Windstein is promising fans will be getting full value.
“We’ll do two, perhaps three songs from our new album (Sever The Wicked Hand – due out through Century Media on February 14), plus tracks from across our career. Of course, there are certain songs we have to do, like Planets Collide and All I Had (I Gave), which are our Ace Of Spades or The Boys Are Back In Town.
“Right now, we have about 90 original crowbar songs, so it’s tough to pick a set that’ll please everyone. But what I’ve done is involve the rest of the band (guitarist Matthew Brunson, bassist Patrick Bruders and drummer Tommy Buckley) in the process.”
It’s been six years since the release of the last Crowbar album, 2005’s Lifesblood For The Downtrodden, something that the guitarist/vocalist says in part is due to Down’s increase in activity – and Windstein is very much a part of that band (and also Kingdom Of Sorrow).
“Crowbar was my main thing, then Down became really busy and that was my focus for a while. We must have played in 36 countries between 2006 and 2010. Down just didn’t stop. Not that I’m complaining. Down became my life and I totally enjoyed it. But I can’t see us doing such a concentrated period of touring again.”
Windstein says the new album spans the whole of Crowbar’s influences.
“We’ve brought everything together. There’s nothing new here, but this is the album I’m most proud of. We took our time, and if you’re a fan of the band then you’ll find there’s a lot going on.
“But I don’t wanna overload our live set with new songs, because people haven’t heard the album as yet, and they’d get bored.”
Apart from Newcastle, Crowbar also play the following shows in January:
Sun. 16: Leeds Cockpit 16
Tue. 18: Glasgow King Tut’s
Wed. 19: Manchester Academy 2
Thu. 20: London Camden Underworld
Fri. 21: Birmingham Academy 2
Find out more at www.crowbarmusic.com/