Thursday, June 26, 2014

New Orleans Septet Blends Progressive Pop With Louisiana's Native French Dialect (And English) for Non-Cajun Results

Louisiana French pop project Sweet Crude is a young 7-piece composed largely of New Orleans indie rock mainstays, creating a sound that mixes English and Louisiana's native French dialect to decidedly non-Cajun music. The band, boasting surnames like Marceaux, Arceneaux, and Chachere, seeks to reconnect with their lineage in the context of 4-part harmonies, tribal rhythms, and pop hooks.

"We're making the quirky, energetic indie pop that we'd otherwise come up with as creative New Orleans musicians. We've got five people playing drums, we've got everybody singing, shouting, and dancing. We're just singing a lot of the time in Louisiana French. We want to show that the language is still alive and kicking, and that it sounds great in any genre," says primary lyricist Sam Craft.

Sweet Crude debuted in Spring 2013 and have hit the ground running. Their music can be already be heard in FX's American Horror Story and the band has been receiving generous amounts of plays nationally and internationally on public, satellite and internet radio, especially in Francophone areas. Sweet Crude has tested their frenetic sound on the road, packing venues from One Eyed Jack's in New Orleans to Joe's Pub in NYC. Additionally, the band has been selected for several festivals in 2014, including Festival International in Lafayette, French Quarter Fest in New Orleans, and Acadie Rock in New Brunswick, Canada, among others. The band is touring actively in support of Super Vilaine throughout 2014.

July 5th, Jackson, MS - Martin's, 10pm
July 8th, Martinsville, VA - Rives Theatre, 7pm
July 9th, Washington, DC - Mi
July 10th, NYC - Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2), 8pm
July 11th, Phildelphia, PA - Ortleib's, 8pm
July 12th, Charlotte, NC - The Evening Muse, 8pm
August 15 - Moncton, NB, Canada - Acadie Rock Festival, Time TBA
August 17 - Moncton, NB, Canada - Aberdeen Cultural Center, Time TBA
August 18 - Edmundston, NB, Canada - Congrès Mondial Acadien (World Acadian Congress), Time TBA

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