With a new album awaiting release, rock trio Crash Kings has hit the road, heading on tour in California and Nevada in support of its new tunes. The Los Angeles band will play Crystal Bay Casino’s Crown Room on Saturday, its first-ever show in the Tahoe Basin.
“We’re really gearing up for touring,” bassist and vocalist Mike Beliveau told Lake Tahoe Action. “We’re also getting ready to make some announcements about some music that we’re releasing.”
While the upcoming album is still awaiting a name and a release date, the band members are pleased with the recording sessions so far.
“We’re super proud of our album,” Beliveau said. “It’s going to be something different for our fans; hopefully it’s not too different for them. We’re really excited to share the music with people, because we worked hard on it.
“The first record had more of a classic tone to it and the new record has a little more of a retro and electric feel to it,” the musician said. “There’s more use of the clavinet, which is our guitar-esque sound, and more use of different synthesizers and things like that in terms of instruments.”
Crash Kings is Beliveau, his brother Antonio Beliveau on keyboards and vocals, and drummer Tom Roslak. The group formed in 2006, after Antonio Beliveau relocated from Boston to Los Angeles. The two brothers had played music together since childhood, and had had an organ jazz trio in Boston before Antonio’s departure.
Upon arriving in Los Angeles, Antonio Beliveau recorded some vocal tracks and sent them to his brother. Mike Beliveau had heard his brother sing before, but hadn’t been terribly impressed he said. That changed with the arrival of the new vocal cuts.
“Somewhere along the way he found his voice here in L.A.,” Mike Beliveau said. “I was floored by his singing abilities on these tracks he sent me. I literally dropped everything I had going on in New York, packed up my stuff and moved out here to L.A. because I just believed in it so much.
“We just knew we had to play together,” he said. “It was one of those moments where you go ‘this just has to happen.’”
Original drummer Jason Morris rounded out their trio. He was replaced by Roslak in 2012.
While awaiting the release of its sophomore album, Crash Kings is considering parting ways with its record label, Universal Group’s Motown Records. The goal is to take control of the production process from start to finish, Mike Beliveau said.
“I think it really works well for musicians in general,” he said. “To take charge of your own marketing plan and have that control of when you want to release your stuff, what kind of stuff you want to put out.”
The group is also planning a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter, hoping to raise $15,000 to help pay for promotional materials. Details will be available soon on the band’s website, Mike Beliveau said.
Crash Kings is looking forward to their first Lake Tahoe gig, particularly the chance to test out some new material.
“We’re going to be trying out some of the new songs from the new record,” Mike Beliveau said. “We’ve only played them live a couple times, so we’ll be experimenting with them. Maybe throw a cover in there. We’ll do anything from classic rock to anything that’s just a good song, a well-written song.”