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Dee Ethier Progressive rock power trio here. I'd describe the style as somewhere in between desert rock and post rock, whatever that could mean. Think Battles meets Kyuss. The guest sax on certain tracks lends a jazzy touch, which is much appreciated. There are some sparse, minimal vocals with an ethereal quality to them, making this mostly instrumental. Found this on Jesse David Young's feed, thanks! Favorite track: WGYW.
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"Hardcore Crayons is not a hardcore band, per se. That’s not to say the tunes aren’t punk, though. This is some pretty wild, instrumental and “free-thinking” music. It’s all over the goddamn place. From free jazz to mid-period Bad Brains, The Cows, or Faith No More. Some real nineties shit. Insanely well recorded and performed. Would be a great movie soundtrack."
–Steve Adamyk,

"Zozzled is something worth tripping out on, and you can do it without the drugs. From tightly strung guitar grooves that call to mind the The Moon & Antartica–era Modest Mouse to sludgy riffs and solos, Zozzled is entirely entertaining. The album walks a thin line between the erratic riffs of math rock and slower riffs that instigate head banging. With a few sputtered horn solos and even fewer vocal performances, Hardcore Crayons makes it clear that their sound is not to be pigeonholed to a single genre. The best way to imagine their quasi-experimental sound is given right in their name. Crayons are youthful and dynamic in color, and if the artist prefers a heavy tone, you get one messy but enjoyable creation."
–Justin Gallegos,

"Fans of King Crimson circa the Starless and Bible Black and Larks’ Tongues in Aspic era might want to seek out this third release from the Minneapolis trio Hardcore Crayons. The main difference between this album and the aforementioned Crimson classics is that Hardcore Crayons’ effort is all instrumental. But in this album’s 10 tracks one can hear echoes of Bill Bruford in Jake Kirkman’s dynamic percussion work, and Dan Chizek’s guitar sounds are reminiscent of Robert Fripp’s Frippertronics. The album’s centerpiece is a five-track suite called “Completely Relevant,” and the album’s final track asks the musical question “Was That Cool?” I would answer that with a big “yes!” From this studio effort, I reckon this band must be a powerhouse live."
-Randy Otto,


released January 1, 2015

guitar & vox - Dan Chizek
drums - Jake Kirkman
bass - Dominic Hanft

featuring Mike Lewis on alto sax

engineered, mixed & mastered by
Adam Tucker @
Signaturetone Recording 2014
doubleplusgood records

artwork by William Hoben


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