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To know Cape Cod is to respect the duality of summer and winter: sorrow, dread and angst; beaches, freedom and decadence; doldrums and parties.
So is the life of those living on the Crooked Coast and so are the songs of the band who call the Upper Cape home, in a small town of lovers, rum-runners, and hard-nosed, fast rhyming freaks whose livelihoods are opened to strangers in the summers and then forgotten and left to pick up the pieces in the winter.
With a hard-hitting fusion of rock, dance beats, guitar hooks, harmony and fine songwriting, the Crooked Coast celebrate this vitality of the warmer days and respect the ones lost out in the cold, dark sea.
Formed impromptu, moments before an open slot at a local speakeasy, the then trio – singer/songwriter Luke Vose on guitar and vox, Ben Elder laying down the bass, and Charles Parker-Walton hammering out the island beats on the skins – surpassed expectations and decided to take their impromptu gig to the world beyond.
Soon joined by friend and longtime collaborator, songwriter, producer, singer and guitarist, John Mac, the band came into its own, wrote out a collection of singles and struck out on the road to success.
After their debut, self-titled album and a tour of the Northeast, they are currently in the production room for an album estimated to be out in time for another tour in the spring; expect more of the same: genuine and well written lyrics with a booming and tight band taking listeners through seasons of hot sun and long nights to cold wind, long shadows and back again.
"The music is a smooth and moving blend of hip-hop, reggae and rock: think Tom Petty with some Sublime raked in over a pounding Caribbean drum."
-Sam Houghton iocapecod.com