36 Crazyfists


36 Crazyfists

Infobox musical artist
Name =36 Crazyfists


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Alias =36CF
Origin =Kenai, Alaska
Location =Portland, Oregon
Genre =Metalcore
Hardcore punk
Nu metal (early)
Years_active =1994 – present
Label =Roadrunner, DRT Entertainment, Ferret
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URL = [http://www.36crazyfists.com/ 36Crazyfists.com]
Current_members =Brock Lindow
Steve Holt
Mick Whitney
Thomas Noonan
Past_members =JD Stuart
Ryan Brownell

36 Crazyfists are a four-piece heavy metal band originating from Anchorage [Idaho State Journal phone interview with Brock Lindow, Thursday, Sept. 18 2008( http://www.thejhub.com/home/ViewPost/1724)] , Alaska. They are now based in Portland, Oregon. The band's name comes from a Jackie Chan movie, "The 36 Crazy Fists".cite web|title = Show & Tell Online - interview with Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists|author=Sisti, Scott|publisher=Show & Tell Online|url=http://www.showandtellonline.com/_36_crazyfists/_interview_051502.html|accessdate=2007-05-06|date=2002-05-15] They have released five albums, "In the Skin", "Bitterness the Star", "A Snow Capped Romance", "Rest Inside the Flames", and their fifth "The Tide And Its Takers" was released on May 27, 2008.

History

Early years

Formed in December 1994, 36 Crazyfists originate from Anchorage, Alaska. The band's original line-up consisted of vocalist Brock Lindow, guitarist Ryan Brownell, bassist JD Stuart and drummer Thomas Noonan. The band independently released two EPs and one LP before being signed. Their first EP "Boss Buckle" was released in 1995, followed by "Suffer Tree" in 1997 and finally their LP "In the Skin" which was also released in 1997. A demo disc was also recorded in 1999. Three out of four songs on this demo would later feature on their 2002 major label debut.

In order to break into the industry, the band moved from Alaska to Portland, Oregon after the death of their original bassist in a car accident. From here, they opened for such acts System of a Down, Primus, Blink-182 and NOFX. They eventually befriended metal band Skinlab, who landed their demo into the hands of A&R reps at Roadrunner Records.

Roadrunner Records years (2004 - 2007)

Signed by Roadrunner Records in 2000, the band recorded their major debut album "Bitterness the Star" which was released on April 4, 2002. In support of its release, the band toured with such heavy weight acts as Candiria, God Forbid, Chimaira, Diecast, and Hotwire. After touring the United States, they headed off to Europe to begin the "European Road Rage Tour" with Killswitch Engage and Five Pointe O.

The band re-emerged two years later, on March 16, 2004 with their second album "A Snow Capped Romance" which was produced by James Paul Wisner (who also produced albums for bands like Dashboard Confessional and As Friends Rust). They toured intensely behind the record (playing shows with acts like Killswitch Engage and Poison the Well) through December, taking two months off before beginning the work on their next album.

36 Crazyfists entered the studio with producer Sal Villanueva (who had worked with Thursday and Taking Back Sunday) in October 2005 to commence recording their third album "Rest Inside the Flames" which was released across Europe on June 12, 2006. Ultimately, Roadrunner decided not to release the album in North America. A deal with DRT Entertainment was later struck, and the album received a belated release on November 7, 2006.

The album was a success in the U.K., with "Rest Inside the Flames" debuting at #71 on the UK album charts, and reaching #2 in the BBC's Rock Album charts. However, the album only sold 1,858 copies in the US during its first week of release. [IndieHQ, [http://indiehq.com/2006/11/15/indepedent-sales-chart-11-15-06/ "Indepedent Sales Chart 11-15-06"] , PostedNovember 15, 2006.]

The band started an extensive U.K. tour, supported by Twelve Tribes and Your Rigamortus on April 1, 2007, where they played at 26 venues across the country.

Ferret Music years (2007 - present)

Vocalist Brock Lindow announced that a new record would be released in March 2008 on Ferret Music entitled "The Tide And Its Takers". This date has been pushed back, and was released on May 27, 2008.

This was released on Ultimate-Guitar.com on November 29:

"Alaska based rockers 36 Crazyfists are currently in the studio working on their Ferret Music debut, which they have titled The Tide And Its Takers."

The band had guitarist and backing vocalist, Steve Holt, producing the album. They had Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Testament, Exit Ten) again work on the mixing of the album.

Lead singer Brock Lindow had this to say,

"We could not be happier to be on Ferret Music, we are all big fans of the bands on the roster as well as the people who run the label. Our new record is now finished being written and we will start recording right after Thanksgiving. We will be out on tour in January starting with the UK and Europe first, looking forward to hitting the road and seeing all of our friends again."

36 Crazyfists always return to Alaska to play at the annual Summer Meltdown Festival in Anchorage, Alaska. With one exception they are on tour and will not be performing at the 2008 Summer Meltdown.

Members

* Brock Lindowvocals (1994 – present)
* Steve Holtguitar (1996 – present)
* Mick Whitneybass guitar (1996 – present)
* Thomas Noonan – drums (1994 – present)

Former

* JD Stuart – bass (died in a car accident in July, 1996)
* Ryan Brownell – guitar (1994 – 1996)cite web|title = Anchorage Press: almost famous|author=Snifka, Lynne|publisher=Anchorage Press|url=http://208.109.242.142/archives/archives/document316d.html|accessdate=2007-05-06|date=2002-10-24]

Discography

Major releases

Independent releases

* "Boss Buckle EP" (1995)
* "Suffer Tree EP" (1997)
* "In the Skin" (1997)
* "Demo '99" (1999)
* "The Oculus EP" (2008)

Other releases

* 2003 – "At the End of August" – featured in "MTV2 Headbangers Ball"
* 2004 – "Beauty Through the Eyes of a Predator" – by Demon Hunter featuring Brock Lindow on their album "Summer of Darkness"
* 2004 – "Bloodwork" – featured in ""
* 2004 – "Workhorse" (Cast Iron Hike cover) – featured in "Jäger Music Rarities Promotional Giveaway"
* 2005 – "Destroy the Map" – released in connection with their 2005 April tour in the UK and Europe. Also includes "Workhorse" and "Sad Lisa" covers
* 2006 – "I'll Go Until My Heart Stops" – featured in ""
* 2006 – "Digging the Grave" (Faith No More cover) – featured in "Kerrang! High Voltage"

Videography

* "Slit Wrist Theory" – "Bitterness the Star"
* "At the End of August" – "A Snow Capped Romance"
* "Bloodwork" – "A Snow Capped Romance"
* "I'll Go Until My Heart Stops" – "Rest Inside the Flames"
* "We Gave It Hell" - "The Tide and Its Takers"

References

* [http://www.onemetal.com/music/grill/grill_36crazyfists.asp Interview with Steve Holt @ Onemetal.com]
* http://www.thegauntlet.com/article/4/10857/36%20Crazyfists.html
* [http://www.a-pathetic.net/zine/archives/508 Interview @ SHOUT! Music Webzine]

Notes

External links

* [http://www.36crazyfists.com Official website]
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* http://www.last.fm/music/36+Crazyfists/+wiki


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