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Volume 91, Issue 39

Thursday, November 6, 1997

purple goat


Crimson's tide crashed into London

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MY FAVOURITE COLOUR'S RED – WHAT'S YOURS? Crimson brings a bright and colourful sound to The Embassy tonight.

By Mark Lewandowski
Gazette Staff

Even though Hamilton's Crimson has not yet crashed into the Canadian sell-out-a-thon music spectrum, this six-month-old rock band is more than happy with their current pre-natal status.

"We are a band that doesn't want to get into any niches or cliques," proclaims Drago, the drummer of the band, in reference to the industry's insatiable appetite for assimilation and categorization. Unfortunately for Drago, he peddles the same point of most up-and-comers but adds interestingly, "as a band we don't want to blow our load." After all, nobody wants to see that – physically or commercially.

Nonetheless, Drago insists "the guys all like each other." But like any band not yet fully beaten, battered and demoralized by the balancing act of music, money and pre-millennium tension, what makes Crimson special?

"The magic of our band is when everyone just comes together and plugs in. Scott can't help but write songs and I'm like a junkie if I don't play [the drums]," Drago exposes. The band seems to be pretty pumped about music and each other and hopefully that will lead to a good first album (due out in early 1998) and a good show tonight when the open for Tonic at The Embassy. Rarely does a young outfit come out with a full-length CD so early in their growth, but they are interested in a slow building progression out of gigging obscurity.

Drago, however, respects anyone that can attain success in the music industry, showing he realizes it's a narrow path even if the camel has only one hump. He feels there is a high standard set in Canadian music in terms of the bands that have broken out, but he adds, "most of these bands are not his taste in music."

"All of us come from different places" Drago relates, adding the band has all the elements of a good rock band; good songwriting and a rockin' live show. "We just go out and do our thing," he says.

What the group has created is a very organic, melodic groove that he relates to Led Zeppelin, but recants quickly in fear of categorization. But for the most part, a little non-metal never hurt anybody as long as you create and not recreate it.

For a band as young as Crimson, it is important to take baby steps and Drago understands the band's right of passage. "We are trying to attain smaller goals, but go step-by-step." He hopes the band's "hooky but not cheesy" approach to making music will pay off with future success. But for now, the band is happy just plugging in and grinding away – without blowing their load.

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