The self-titled debut from Toronto’s Crash Karma - vocalist Edwin, drummer Jeff Burrows, guitarist Mike Turner - is the result of three musicians with multi-platinum pedigrees coming together with one equally skilled musician, Amir Epstein (Zygote), in a curious “six-degrees of Amir” story.
The story begins when Amir, a prolific songwriter for the past 14 years, expressed to a friend a desire to co-write with Edwin. Amir decided on a bolder approach. “I thought it would be cool to start an actual band together, as Edwin is one of my favourite vocalists,” Amir says.
Edwin, though skeptical, said he’d think about it. “I did know immediately that I liked Amir’s positivity and energy,” admits Edwin. Amir, knowing that he’d have to act fast in order to keep Edwin interested, suggested on the spur of the moment that Mike and Jeff should also be involved. Zygote had previously recorded in Turner’s Pocket Studio, so a quick call was placed to Mike.
The final piece of the puzzle started to fall into place when Amir went to see Andy Curran, a Zygote album producer and currently at SRO Management (formerly management for The Tea Party). Amir suggested he was starting a new project with Mike and Ed and said Jeff was the perfect guy to complete the line-up. The rest, as they say, is history.
Crash Karma made its live debut in May 2009. The set included songs from OLP and IME and gave the guys their first indication of how the band dynamic would work on stage.
Crash Karma has ended up with a fantastic album that will easily join the ranks of releases from their previous bands of which they are still proud. Crashing karmically indeed, the four have running jokes now and a camaraderie that came not just from their musical connection, but friendship.
That’s a democracy and that’s Crash Karma.