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Sweet Crude / Bio

Sweet Crude, a young 7-piece composed largely of New Orleans indie rock mainstays, has created a sound that sets Louisiana's native French dialect to decidedly non-Cajun music. The band, boasting surnames like Marceaux, Arceneaux, and Chachere, seeks to reconnect with their lineage in the context of 4-part harmonies, tribal rhythms, and pop hooks. "We're making the quirky, energetic indie pop that we'd otherwise come up with as creative New Orleans musicians. We've got five people playing drums, we've got everybody singing, shouting, and dancing. We're just singing a lot of the time in Louisiana French.  We want to show that the language is still alive and kicking, and that it sounds great in any genre," says primary lyricist Sam Craft.  

Sweet Crude is made up of members of local outfits Glasgow, Alexis & the Samurai, and Big Rock Candy Mountain, to name a few, and just debuted earlier this year.  Their buzz, however, belies their newness.  According to Craft, "Because of social media, we've had loads of francophones come to the first few shows we've had because they heard about our mission.  And then we've had plenty of people totally unaware of the plight of Louisiana French show up just because they want to dance and have a good time. We're basically trying to make something that's healthy and tastes good too." 

The band aims to ramp up their touring this coming fall in support of an upcoming EP release. 

General Info

Band Members
Jonathan Arceneaux, Sam Craft, Alexis Marceaux, Stephen MacDonald, Skyler Stroup, Marion Tortorich
Artist Name
Sweet Crude
Home Page
Indie / Louisiana French

Contact Info

New Orleans, LA