Time, where have you gone?
I don’t want to see your face no more
—From “Skeletons in Time” by Memphis Crawl
LI natives Memphis Crawl—singer/songwriter Matty O’Brien, guitarist Bryan Stevens, bassist Mad Freik, and drummer Mike Vincenti—recently released their debut EP, “Falling Down Against the Sun.” And the psychedelic blues rockers will put on an electric performance Saturday night in Patchogue:
“Since day one Memphis Crawl shows have always been wild,” says O’Brien. “It’s like a big cult dancing around the fire—the audience is feeding off the music and then giving it back to the band. MC is a very visceral band with primitive music made by real people, not computers… And I think listeners are looking for that honesty.”
Influenced by “anything that makes your hair stand up,” including Indian music, delta blues, soul, R&B, and music from the 60’s and 70’s, Memphis Crawl is renowned for its energetic performances lead by the charismatic O’Brien with a voice sometimes reminiscent of the Doors’ Jim Morrison.
MC’s followers have been referred to as the Memphis Mafia and Crawl Dogs for their dionysian antics. And while you might hear a cover of the Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down,” the band has been known to play a three-hour set of originals before a rapt audience.
Memphis Crawl has shared the stage with the likes of Leon Russell and Silvertide, but whom would they most like to open for?
“In my eyes, Neil Young is and always has been an artist of true integrity,” reveals O’Brien. “He never sold out, and never had a disco phase in the 70’s—sorry Mick and Keith! And his music has remained soulful since the day he started.”
Check out MC at the Brickhouse Brewery on Saturday, September 17th at 10pm for a night of real rock ‘n roll.
For more info: www.memphiscrawl.com