Communion

Cricketbows

Dayton, Ohio’s Cricketbows release an inspired EP of new material, Produced by Buffalo Killers’ Zachary Gabbard. The six-track effort is the band’s first release since their 2015 album, Diamonds (produced by Grammy Award recipient Brian Olive). The EP also coincides with the release of a full-length film entitled “Where The Ocean Meets The Sky” that features behind-the-scenes footage and videos for all of the songs from Communion.

“We wanted to showcase our songwriting and our voices and our playing on this one,” said Chad Wells, the band’s founder and male lead vocalist. The band is often categorized as a psychedelic band and though that subgenre of rock is an ingredient in Cricketbows’ musical recipe. Communion finds the band climbing out of the psych tunnel and into a more refined style of rural indie rock that borrows equally from ’60s and ’70s inspirations like The Beatles, The Byrds, Little Feat, The Allman Brothers, Fleetwood Mac and The Grateful Dead, as well as ’80s and ’90s college radio and indie stalwarts like R.E.M., The Replacements, X, Uncle Tupelo and Lollapalooza generation giants like Jane’s Addiction, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and the band’s hometown heroes, Guided By Voices and The Breeders. “We’re all over 30 years old – some of us are over 40 – and we grew up in a time that had so much great music. These songs are mostly about childhood and reflecting on stuff that happened to us in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, so the music should be a reflection of that,” said Wells. “The goal here is timelessness, so we’ve stripped the band back to basics and recorded straight to tape in the top of an old barn in rural Ohio.”

During the lengthy recording process for the EP the band experienced a number of life changes, losses and new beginnings. The band replaced original drummer Jim Ingram with Kyle Sweney, two members of the band opened substantial new businesses and other members changed their careers and day-jobs and nearly everyone in the band experienced weird phenomena that ranged from sleep paralysis to possible contact with otherworldly life forms. “We all have had some bizarre dreams and weird lights coming in windows and shadowy figures looming in our dreams and things like that,” admitted Wells. “Sometimes we get freaked out by it but it’s kind of par for the course for this group. Everybody in the band had weird childhood experiences and experiences as adults that sort of ties us together. Sometimes we’re as much a support group for each other’s weird experiences as we are a band. That’s a little bit what the title of this EP is about. Communion is about coming together or being brought together and experiencing these life changing moments.”

Cricketbows’ Communion - available September 8th on CD, digital and streaming formats via Mosquito Hawk Records.
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  1. 1 Beat Of My Heart 02:15 Info Buy
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  2. 2 Summer Festival Sky 06:05 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Games People Play 03:33 Info Buy
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  4. 4 End Of The Night 03:21 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Jupiter 02:56 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Sea Green 06:15 Info Buy
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Diamonds

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Dayton's Psychedelically tinged songsters CRICKETBOWS are proud to release "Diamonds" - the 4th collection to bear the band's name but the 1st release to feature the full live band. CRICKETBOWS' early works (2010's "hOMe", 2011's "Mycocosmic Transmission" and 2012's "LID") were well received and provided the blueprint for what the band would become but were basically solo home recordings that were the work of Lead Vocalist/Guitarist Chad Wells and a collection of friends (including Roger Joseph Manning Jr. of Beck and Jellyfish fame and Andy Gabbard of fellow Ohio Rockers Buffalo Killers) and were a bit weird and disconnected (as entheogenically inclined musical releases can tend to be). Once a band was formed to play CRICKETBOWS catalog in front of an audience there came a shift toward a more cohesive, classic rock sound brought to life by Female co-Lead Vocalist, Flutist and Multi-Instrumentalist Aarika Watson, Lead Guitarist Michael Bisig, Bassist Christopher Corn and Drummer Jim Ingram - alongside Wells, all well respected members of the regional music scene.

Their anticipated new album, “Diamonds” (Produced and Engineered by Brian Olive) is CRICKETBOWS' most cohesive and linear work. With a stronger focus on song structure, composition, guitar and vocal interplay and a return to a natural sound inspired by their predecessors, the album is pure CRICKETBOWS but brings to mind the parts of Jefferson Airplane, Thirteenth Floor Elevators, Fleetwood Mac, X, early Jane's Addiction, Nirvana, Mother Love Bone and sits nicely alongside modern-era psych-centric acts like Black Mountain, Sleepy Sun, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Buffalo Killers and The Black Keys as well as their fellow Daytonians Guided By Voices, The Breeders and The Motel Beds. "Diamonds" isn't a concept album but it's a conceptual album. It talks about duality, non-duality, Alchemy, Psychology, Psychopharmacology, Metaphysics and growing up in Ohio in the 1970's, 80's and 90's. Real guitars and drums and real live vocal performances, played by real people with real emotion on real instruments into a real reel to reel tape machine.
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  1. 1 Landing On The Moon 06:13 Info Buy
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  2. 2 Little Tiny Houses 04:52 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Charcoal 03:55 Info Buy
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  4. 4 Kiss Alive 03:16 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Porpoise Song 03:10 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Medicinal 04:40 Info Buy
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  7. 7 All The Way Down 02:51 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Blue Ridge Parkway 04:18 Info Buy
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  9. 9 Sympathy For The Devil 08:38 Info Buy
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A Congregation of One: Collected Singles from the Original Trilogy

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**Andrew Gabbard appears courtesy of Buffalo Killers on tracks 1 and 9.
**Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (Jellyfish, Imperial Drag, Moog Cookbook and BECK) appears on tracks 4 and 8.

"One-time Jackalopes singer Rev Chad Wells took a hard left turn from his punk and hard rock roots in 2010 when he released the psych-rock album, Home, under the moniker Cricketbows. The homemade prog-rock draws equally from folky Roky Erickson/Syd Barrett-style acid-casualty songs and extended Krautrock-esque epics and is a far cry from The Jackalopes’ Misfits-inspired sound."
-Don Thrasher (USA)
https://www.thebuddhaden.net/

"It’s fantastic. Full of guitar riffs that sound far away yet keep my attention directly on them, vocals that fit in extremely well with the dimension-bendingly futuristic sound. It’s just an impressive album that allows you to let your body go limp and sway with the music, as it will capture you in its creativity. I can’t wait to hear more from Cricketbows and Mycocosmic Transmission is great."
-Elusive Little Comments Blog (UK)
https://www.elusivelittlecomments.blogspot.co.uk/

"With the spaceship firmly rooted in the bearded feedback of most of the 70s, Ohio Son Rev. Chad Wells offers even us a needed dose of psychedelic punk blues."
-Skogsgospel Magazine/Blog (Sweden)
https://www.facebook.com/Skogsgospel

"Okay for a more challenging listen, we have the acid drenched trip presented by head guru Rev. Dr. Chad Wells (celebrated Tattoo Artist and lead droog in the legendary punk band The Jackalopes) – do not listen to this while operating heavy machinery!"
-Powerpopaholic (USA)
https://www.powerpopaholic.com/
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  1. 1 Crimson Boogie 03:33 Info Buy
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  2. 2 A Song For the Raggedy Hillside 04:03 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Blueridge Parkway 07:06 Info Buy
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  4. 4 Gracious Peasant 03:59 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Little Tiny Houses 06:16 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Medicinal 06:05 Info Buy
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  7. 7 Eastern Star 03:22 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Andromeda Suede 06:16 Info Buy
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  9. 9 A Young Man's Woe 04:39 Info Buy
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  10. 10 Too Much Plastic 02:46 Info Buy
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  11. 11 Chronic Inflammation 06:57 Info Buy
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  12. 12 Ain't That the Way 05:14 Info Buy
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LID

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"LID" is the third album in the Cricketbows canon and is also the most direct. Leaning further toward a streamlined (yet still psychedelic and progressive) sound, "LID" jettisons the long instrumental jams of the first two albums in favor of concise, well built and heartfelt songs. A svelte, 8 tracks with only one (very rocking) instrumental track, "LID" is Cricketbows helmsman Rev. Chad Wells flexing his songwriter's muscles. As a trilogy, "hOMe" was the come on, the first waves after ingesting the spore and "Mycocosmic Transmission" was the peak of the trip and it's psychological secrets unlocking themselves. "LID" is the come down. Days, weeks and months after the earth shattering psychedelic experience where hindsight and a clearer head prevail to draw audible pictures for the listener to try to make heads or tails of what the whole psychonautical journey was about. This third album finds Wells once again steering the ship, writing and performing nearly every sound with a little help from fellow Ohioan, Andy Gabbard of Buffalo Killers who, on three of the albums tracks, adds backing vocals, some guitars and a pedal steel-esque lead guitar track that summons the rural spirit of Neil Young and Marc Ford era Black Crowes somehow simultaneously. The album's title, "LID" has many meanings, from the obvious 60's weed reference to that part of one's being that gets "flipped" by a psychedelic experience to it being the closing of this first Cricketbows trilogy. The album art pays homage to what Wells states is the most personally influential record in his personal collection - the soundtrack to The Monkees and Jack Nicholson's cult classic freak out film "HEAD". As a very astute observer of the psychedelic human condition once said, "Buy the ticket, take the ride".
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  1. 1 Licorice Icarus 03:58 Info Buy
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  2. 2 Crimson Boogie 03:33 Info Buy
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  3. 3 A Young Man's Woe 04:39 Info Buy
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  4. 4 A Song For The Raggedy Hillside 04:03 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Sugarcube Cubensis 03:19 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Three Little Wolves 02:18 Info Buy
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  7. 7 Exodus From Orion 05:44 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Ain't That The Way 05:14 Info Buy
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Mycocosmic Transmission

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  1. 1 Invoking the Mycologist 02:34 Info Buy
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  2. 2 Gracious Peasant 03:59 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Andromeda Suede 06:16 Info Buy
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  4. 4 Edison's Airship 04:14 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Too Much Plastic 02:46 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Medicinal 06:05 Info Buy
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  7. 7 Floating With the Machine Elf 03:27 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Sonus:1 02:06 Info Buy
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  9. 9 Jesus is Lowered 02:52 Info Buy
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  10. 10 Gemini Twins Keep Floating Away 04:14 Info Buy
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  11. 11 Clear 05:17 Info Buy
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  12. 12 Sleeping Song (A Lullaby for PJ) 01:11 Info Buy
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  13. 13 Drawing Explosions 04:39 Info Buy
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HOME

Cricketbows

Immediate download of [numtracks]-track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
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  1. 1 Blueridge Parkway 07:06 Info Buy
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  2. 2 Sunday Ride 02:53 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Little Tiny Houses 06:16 Info Buy
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  4. 4 1992 Ascending 04:03 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Chronic Inflammation 06:57 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Get Birds 05:05 Info Buy
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  7. 7 Eastern Star 03:22 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Dead Stars 02:25 Info Buy
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  9. 9 Sometimes It's Black 05:46 Info Buy
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  10. 10 Greasy Pig 05:34 Info Buy
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  11. 11 Where Have All the Good Times Gone? 04:34 Info Buy
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  12. 12 Reflecting The Sky 07:12 Info Buy
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  13. 13 Dead Stars (Reprise) 02:32 Info Buy
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