In Their Own Words: Crack City Rockers were born spring 1999 above the old Kelly s Olympian Saloon in downtown Portland Oregon. One half past Hypermarket (Eric S Gregory on vocals and rhythm guitar) and one half ex-Bumpity (drummer Curt Schulz), immersed in the Only Ones, old Alex Chilton covers, and nostalgic for an 80s that almost was (remember- college radio didn t have to become just another market ), the band took limbs, accumulated songs, gained and lost citizens, and never really took commercial flight. But the band continues (endurance is a very powerful virtue). Presently, the two original members are still here and accounted for, and newest comrades Ken Coleman (lead guitars and vocals) and Matt Sherman (bass guitar) carry on carrying the load. With an eye to future history (we re more than willing to accept pathology as a desperate justification for continued existence) and more songs, more records, more weight, the band will go on. It will go on. Crack City Rockers bleed in regimented bursts of compulsion and articulation. At times, we're the 13th Floor Elevators fronted by Allen Ginsberg. We smell like modernist punks and look like hip 40somethings attempting to hold the 21st century at bay. Speed argues with poetics and the present seduces the future. We're immediate, literate, and refuse to admit that rock and roll is something stupid - though we know in our hearts it probably is. So what? Name a preferable alternative and you can have it. We'll still be making records long after your band has split and you're an investments analyst, web consultant, or HVAC repairman. The first record, Joyce Hotel, Paisely Pop, 2001, is an artefact: all NYC 77 rush and Dylan/Reed spewage. The second, an EP, New Myths, Paisley Pop, 2004, refines everything. Songs take on more hooks and spikes, words are edited to maximum minimalism. Rock Critics: see "literate punk" ie. Richard Hell and the Voidoids, the Only Ones, the Serpent Power.
What Others Say:
Gregory is a true poet and he heaps intense, personal visions on the backs of simple Pop musical themes as a means to petition his private lord with crazy prayer. But, you cannot petition the lord with prayer.... Eric Gregory's visions are packed tight with voogum. His songs drip with it. Instrumentally this band is as familiar as an old sofa. But there is darkness at the core of these emanations and it clings to the memory like ashes and cold rain." -S.P. Clarke, Two Louies
It is impossible to talk about the Crack City Rockers without inevitably remarking on Lou Reed (so let's get it out of the way). Dirty and shadowy music that bustles with ghosts, sexuality, meanness and alluring, unholy fun. Lead singer Eric Gregory has the very same nervous confidence as Lou Reed-that growls one refrain and then rolls over the next, a junkyard dog wanting its belly scratched. But that's where they depart from their self-avowed idol, with bop and energy, like the first super-charged taste of heroin (and not the 1000th drawn-out desperate need for a fix)." -Phil Busse, Portland Mercury