CRAW 200 PAGE BOOK

from Aqualamb

This is an exhaustive 200-page book. The book, designed by the team behind one-of-a-kind visually driven label Aqualamb—who have also overseen visuals for the entire release—includes a wealth of unpublished photos and ephemera, an exhaustive oral history of Craw drawn from newly conducted interviews, and a detailed timeline of band activities, shows and releases, stretching from Craw’s 1988 formation to their 2002 break-up.


Craw, a Cleveland band that found momentum in the early 1990s with its first three albums, used jamming and structure to move forward American postpunk sources like the Jesus Lizard. Those three albums, reissued in this box set, were organized explosions, increasingly complex and forecasting a strain of meticulous but heavy music that’s still developing around the world; they were recorded by Steve Albini, who likes dry vocals and powerful drums. It feels like a missing link from a strange dead zone in American underground rock — the six or seven years, let’s say, after the end of Nirvana. — Ben Ratliff

"Craw’s music is explosive, eerie and downright riveting, combining the visceral rush of metallic post-hardcore, the compositional majesty of progressive rock and the purposeful abstraction of experimental improv, while at the same time achieving a rare, insular coherence all its own.” — Hank Shteamer, writer, musician and project organizer

"Craw was one of those things where the first time I saw it, it just completely blew me away. I'd never heard anything quite like Craw up to that point. They were this strange mixture of noise-rock and metal with this very eccentric preacher-type character doing these weird pseudo sermons over the top of the music. It was just a very potent concoction of elements. Having a seen a band like that expanded the horizons of what was possible, so in that way, Craw definitely rubbed off on Isis." — Aaron Turner, Isis and Hydra Head Records

"What Craw will use as a moment in one song, another band might use as a theme for a whole album. Craw's sound is spread out across a universe of disparate musical genres. They never imitate. Other bands imitate them.” — Steve Albini

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