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Cricketbows is the brainchild of Tattoo Artist, Writer and former frontman for The Jackalopes, Rev. Chad Wells. Compared to artists as wide ranging as The Flaming Lips, Jane's Addiction, Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd, The Butthole Surfers, Roky Erickson, Hawkwind and Amon Duul II, Cricketbows is a hard to categorize without hanging the term "Psychedelic" or "Experimental" on the front of whatever musical genre tags one might use to describe the project.
Pop? Sure. Rock? Most definitely. Blues? Yes. Country? Every now and again. Improvisational Space Prog? Certainly. Acid Rock? Yes, please.
Chad Wells: Lead Vocals/Guitar
Aarika Watson: Vocals/Flute/Tambourine
Michael Bisig: Lead Guitar
Christopher Corn: Bass
James Rouch: Guitar/Vocals
Jim Ingram: Drums
Andrew Gabbard (of Buffalo Killers, Homemade, Thee Shams): Guitar/Vocals on "LID" album
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (of Jellyfish, Beck, Moog Cookbook): Keyboards on "Mycocosmic Transmission" album
"One-time Jackalopes singer Rev Chad Wells took a hard left turn from his punk and hard rock roots in 2010 when he released the psych-rock album, Home, under the moniker Cricketbows. The homemade prog-rock draws equally from folky Roky Erickson/Syd Barrett-style acid-casualty songs and extended Krautrock-esque epics and is a far cry from The Jackalopes’ Misfits-inspired sound."
-Don Thrasher (USA)
"It’s fantastic. Full of guitar riffs that sound far away yet keep my attention directly on them, vocals that fit in extremely well with the dimension-bendingly futuristic sound. It’s just an impressive album that allows you to let your body go limp and sway with the music, as it will capture you in its creativity. I can’t wait to hear more from Cricketbows and Mycocosmic Transmission is great."
-Elusive Little Comments Blog (UK)
"With the spaceship firmly rooted in the bearded feedback of most of the 70s, Ohio Son Rev. Chad Wells offers us even a needed dose of psychedelic punk blues."
-Skogsgospel Magazine/Blog (Sweden)