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Crooks on Tape


Crocodile (map) Belltown
Tue., Jan. 21 2014 All Ages

Kelly O

Two unsung heroes of ’90s indie rock—John Schmersal and Rick Lee—play in Crooks on Tape. Schmersal manned guitar in spazzy units Enon and Brainiac, and Lee drummed/percussed in Enon, Skeleton Key, and Butter 08. What they have in common is a predilection for unpredictable song structures and textural strangeness, without totally tossing out, you know, songs. As Crooks on Tape (which includes drummer Joey Galvan), they’ve released their debut, Fingerprint, a mixed bag of eccentric rockers, fractured funk, and awkward, Beck-like ballads. It’s best when emphasizing the group’s odd time signatures and noisier proclivities. “Milo’s Creeper” could even be a Primus song, if Claypool and co. weren’t try-hard wankers. Anyway, Crooks on Tape have potential to bust some memorably quirky moves within a twisted pop context, and the songs on Fingerprint represent merely a tiny percentage of their output. DAVE SEGAL

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2200 Second Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Hours: Tue-Fri 11 am-2 am, Sat 9a m-2 am, Sun 9 am-3 pm.

Venue Hours
  • Tue-Fri 11 am-2 am, Sat 9a m-2 am, Sun 9 am-3 pm.
Event Times
This event is in the past.
  • Tue., Jan. 21 2014
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