August 25, 2016 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
It sounds like the beginning of a good joke: “a Voodoo Southern Rocker, an English Mad Scientist, a New York Prog Titan and Left-handed Aussie Gunslinger walk into a bar….”
It turns out to be… the beginning of a good band.
CRASH TRANSIT is the wayward brain-child of singer/songwriter PHIL RICHARDS in collaboration and co-conspiracy with guitarist/composer/producer “English Pete”, PETE CIPPA. A “bad cop/good cop”, “Abbott and Costello” combo that started with a beer, a Football vs. Futbol / Beatles vs. Stones debate, some bad sing-a-long torch songs and eventually a trip to the studio to make some music.
RICHARDS’ approach to songwriting is unbridled and spontaneous, changing moods and colors from angst to outrage to politic, pop-culture, whimsy to whiskey. There is no filter and he wants to tell every story, all at once, in a kaleidoscope / clown car of sound.
CIPPA (fortunately) is a seasoned song-smith / music-whisperer whose sage and tactical approach to composition is a perfect equalizer to Richards’ distortion. Meanwhile, his slick and manicured arrangements stand juxtaposed to his frenzied banshee guitar licks. An accomplished soloist, Cippa growls and croons and creates counter-melodies that sing within the tracks, spawning a “duet effect” between voice and guitar.
Bassist HAROLD SKEETE is one of the most sought after musicians in the New York area, having shared the stage and studio with a veritable laundry list of the “who’s who” in Rock, Jazz, Progressive, Funk and Experimental music – and is a master of all styles! His thunderstruck subsonics are the bedrock of the CRASH TRANSIT sound. When he’s not slumming with the C.T. boys, he’s one of the driving forces of the acclaimed progressive fusion/rock band AD ASTRA or trading grooves with Grammy Winning guitarist/producer: LARRY MITCHELL.
MATT JONES (“Matt Australia”) is the wild card, wild man from Down Under, who cut his teeth in the wilds of the Melbourne club scene. A bluesman at heart but Tasmanian Devil in his leftie shred, “Australia” traveled around the world to bring his wicked riffs and rock and roll swagger to the U.S. JONES is a savvy songwriter in his own right and an electrifying performer, treading a fine line between reckless abandon and razor sharp skill.
Joined by world class journeyman drummer/percussionist RICH ZUKOR, bringing the big boom with a Big Ben, clocklike precision, CRASH TRANSIT has all wheels on track and is ready to roll. The new album: “ARE WE THERE YET?” is a journey from North to South, East and West; watching the world through dirty windows, telling road-worn stories along the way. All Aboard!!