This article is from 2006.
Armed with a battery of experimental, noisy yet tuneful pop-rock anthems, indie five-piece The Crimea could well be London’s answer to Eels. Throughout their debut album Tragedy Rocks Davey MacManus, a published author and the driving force behind the band, espouses a similar poetic stance and musical isolation to the LA based depressive coupled with a penchant for the grandiose that ensures the combination of hoarse vocals, guitar, bass and drums sounds anything but your average garage band. Having nurtured a reputation for pouring everything into their live sets, so much so that what they considered a lack lustre showing at South By South West was still enough to announce the outfit’s arrival, their appearance at this year’s T on the Fringe is notable for its billing as an acoustic departure - though the thoughtful and timeless songwriting of MacManus will no doubt shine in a more rootsy retelling. (Mark Edmundson)
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 25 Aug, 11.30pm, £10.