Every Record I Own - Day 276: Crypts s/t
The hardest part about leaving These Arms Are Snakes was knowing I wouldn’t be working with our vocalist Steve Snere anymore. Towards the end of our run, Steve was my primary musical ally in the band. Aside from our creative camaraderie, I always felt like Steve was the most level-headed guy in the group, even if he would wind up drunk, shirtless, bloody, covered in sweat and spit, and strangling himself with a belt on stage every night. He’s an incredible performer and, in my opinion, a criminally underrated lyricist. Any band would be lucky to have him in their ranks.
This is the lone release by Crypts, Steve’s project after These Arms Are Snakes. Crypts were part industrial band, part performance art. Every show was different: sometimes there would be elaborate visuals, or heavy make-up, or fake blood, or stage props, or, as evidenced here, kaleidoscopic glasses to make their light show all the more hallucinatory. Musically, they had a foot in the whole witch-house scene, but they were a band that was fueled by hardware rather than software, and that gave them a bit more of an old school electronic vibe. There were vintage drum machines, analog synths, and random electronics everywhere on stage. There was a lot of shit going on, and I think every Crypts show I witnessed involved the power going out or some crucial piece of equipment melting down.
The band toured with Bosnian Rainbows and Chelsea Wolfe, opened for Crystal Castles and Psychic TV, and eventually expanded to included Ryan from These Arms Are Snakes on guitar and Mark from Blood Brothers on live drums. And then their electronics wiz Bryce joined Grave Babies, went on tour for an extended period, then broke his leg so badly he was out of commission for six months. The band went on an inadvertent hiatus.
Last I heard, Crypts hadn’t formally ceased as a project, though my understanding was that they scaled back to their original three piece formation. I’d love to see them resurrect the project, or, if nothing else, I’d just love to see Steve make music again.