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Life is stranger than fiction.
Monday, 01.10.2012, 20:20
oh what a night...
The Great Crusades (USA)
We're probably preaching to the converted, mostly, but three Brians and a Christian from the mind-blowing mid-western metropolis Chicago should be enough for you to want to follow this particular rock crusade, if you haven't so far.

TGC are close friends and they're an equally close-knit band that's been together 15 years, recorded 7 albums and a retrospective DVD. Young and fresh sounding, strutting their energy, creativity and the simple joy of making music, they've shared various stages in the holy company of Gary Moore, Scorpions, 16 Horsepower, Broken Social Scene, Bottle Rockets, Steve Wynn and Leningrad Cowboys.

Live they're mind numbing, you bet, and their recorded stuff should simply complete any punk-blues-guitar rock-collection. They've christened their newest baby «Fiction To Shame» and it saw the light of day as a studio album. The songs were written over the span of two years and finagled until all were happy. The result's pretty adventurous and unique, also because it's totally new material. It's based on and carried by their friendship, inspired by «true» stories about darkness, lonely hotel rooms (are there any other?) in Vienna, loco dance halls in Munich and New Orleans and edgy streets at dusk in St.Louis. While the songs progressed, so did life and it contributed some pretty wacko stories of its own: Emergency operations, broken relationships, armed robbery, the birth of a dwarf and, sadly, the death of two friends of the band. Ergo, and we pull this one out of the dusty drawer once again: Life, or the truth, is stranger than fiction. But we'd like to soup it up with a further elaboration by the great Mark Twain: «It's no wonder truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.»

«The Great Crusades look at life through a shot-glass lens . . . mixing anger, muscle, and minor-key remorse like a roughneck Tindersticks with the bonus of a singer who’s got the tubercular pipes of Tom Waits and Axl Rose’s love child.» – Rolling Stone
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