Crash Four's music may best be described as acoustic rock. After only one year in Boise they were voted Treasure Valley's best rock band and best alternative band in the Idaho Statesman's Best of Boise. Crashfour has also opened up for such acts as Built to Spill, Colobo, Moe, and Ominous Seapods. They traveled to Austin, Texas to play in the annual South by Southwest festival in 2000. Crash Four's freshman album five small steps sold over 1000 copies. Jake Ransom, Kelly Martin, Harley Wright, and Becca Gourley formed Crashfour in early 1998. Jake and Kelly, the two songwriters, had previously played together in an alternative rock band from 1993 to 1998. During this time, their music matured and their songwriting became much more collaborative. They added Harley Wright's complex drums and percussion and Becca Gourley's violin to create the Crashfour sound. Crashfour has spent the last 2 years playing over 100 shows, writing over 50 songs, and recording an EP 'Two Steps in a Harmony' and there new self -titled album 'Crashfour'. Objective We are currently seeking management, record label, and an agent. During the past four years we have learned a lot about being an independent band, the ever-changing music industry, and making and releasing a CD. After spending five years together, we feel very comfortable as an independent band, but we are beginning to look for a new challenge. Our band is currently self-managed. We each play many roles in maintaining the band, which competes with the time we spend creating. We have spent 2002 playing over 60 shows, releasing our EP 'Two Steps in a Harmony' and recording our new self-titled album 'Crashfour'. This hasn't left us with a lot time for writing and creating. This is hard on a band that enjoys rehearsing just as much as performing. It is time for us to grow again. We are now in search of help so we can spend more time on the music versus running the band. The Studio For our first album, 'five small steps...' we went into a studio to record. We learned a lot about the recording process and ourselves during that CD. For this CD we brought the studio to us. Harley recently moved into a new 4-bedroom house that we turned into a 24-track studio. This allowed us the time and comfort to create and record on our own. So by doing this, the recording process was much more relaxed and fun. This was also the first time we wrote some of the album while recording. This allowed us the opportunity to experiment more and explore other areas that we didn't have time to do in the past. We also had Pat Storey engineer our album. Storey has been doing sound for most of our live shows for the past year and was very familiar with our material, so he was the perfect candidate for the job. We really feel this album has captured the live energy we have at our shows while still preserving the intimacy of an album. Special Guests We have two special guests on this album. 4Block Recordings artist rapper ELCO has a guest spot on the song 'Bar Star'. We also brought in the Borah High School Chamber Orchestra to play strings for the song 'Dirty House'. We had a lot of fun fitting 17 string players in addition to our band and recording equipment in Harley's house. Awards, Venues, and Events Voted Best of Treasure Valley 1999 Best 'Rock Band' & 'Best Alternative' 1st Place in Open Mic Night at BSU 1998 1st Place in Institute Spectacular Talent Show 1998 1st Place Bogies Battle of the Bands Preliminary round 1999 3rd Place Bogies Battle of the Bands Finals round 1999 Voted 2nd in Best of Treasure Valley 2000 Best Original Singer or Band Open Mic Night BSU 1998 Institute Spectacular Talent Show 1998 Springs of Royal Oaks Halloween Party 1998 Kulture Klatsch from 1999-2003 Tom Grainey's from 1999-2003 JT Toads from 1999-2003 Blues Bouquet from 1999-2003 Western Idaho Fair from 1999-2001 Interlude 1999, 2000 The Rock Nampa, ID 1999 Boise River Fest from 1999-2002 BSU Spring Fling with Colobo, Built to Spill, April 25, 1999 Cancer Benefit Show (Cornstalk) 1999 Bogies Battle of the Bands 1999, 2000, 2002 Bank of America with House of Hoi Polloi, Mosquitones, June 18, 1999 Mother Urbans Ratskeller, Park City, Utah Sept 1999 Opened for Moe, Bogies March 2, 1999 Opened for Ominous Seapods, Bogies March 21, 1999 Album Release Party Live Wire Nov. 5, 1999 BSU Welcome Back 1999 BSU Noon Toons from 1999-2002 Flying M 1999 Hyde Park Street Fair 1999, 2000, 2002 Bite of Boise from 1999, 2000, 2002 Farmer Browns 2000 Harvest Festival, Hidden Springs, ID 2000 SXSW Blind Pig Pub, Austin Texas 2000 Kiwanis 4th of July Charity Event 2000 McCall Brew Festival McCall, ID 2000 Idaho Center Open House 2000 Hemp Festival Moscow, ID 2000 Ketchum Alive, Ketchum, ID 2000 Yacht Club McCall, ID from 2001-2002 Thursday Thunder from 2000, 2002 Nampa Spectrum, Nampa, ID 2000 BSU's Face Off 2001 Jay's Upstairs Missoula, MT 2002 DB's Idaho Falls, ID 2002-2003 Muggers Twin Falls, ID2002 Magic Valley Western Days Twin Falls 2002 Moscow Alive After Five 2002 Delt's Frat Party Moscow, ID 2002 Sundance Bar and Grill Payette, ID 2002 First National Pocatello, ID 2002 Studio 51 Pullman, WA 2002 The Filling Station Bozeman, MT 2002 Casey's Billings, MT 2002 Mount Tabor Theatre and Pub, Portland, OR 2002 Canyon County Fair 2002 Opened for Earnest Orange, Big Easy 2002 Ha Penny 2002 Alive After Five 2002 Boise Public Access TVTV Show 2003.
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