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Cracker Factory / Press

“Seattle band Cracker Factory takes you back to another era of rock ‘n’ roll — ’70s progressive rock with plenty of power and sass. The band’s fourth studio album opens with the smoldering “Don’t Drink the Water.” Other top songs include the nose-thumbing political anthem “Mean Ol’ Uncle Sam,” the Deep Purple-ish heavy-rocker “Heaven for Free” (the subject of the album’s debut video) and the infectious power ballad “Stronger Than Glue.” The hard-rocking power trio, formed in Cheney in the late ‘90s, includes singer-guitarist RL Heyer, singer-bassist Shane Smith and drummer Denali Williams. Heyer, Smith and Williams had plenty of help on “Chasing Ghosts” from a talented roster of guest musicians: Andrew Vait (of the duo Sisters), Tim Snider, Steve Scalfati (who plays keyboards in the house band for “The Late Late Show with James Corden”), Dan Schmidt (of Mts. & Tunnels) and singer Ayesha "Musicbox" Brooks.”

“A Time Machine, A Radar, A Philosophy For Living: Cracker Factory's No One Knows We're Here - Cracker Factory is a band operating on blind audacity. You’re not supposed to make music that sounds as grungy and bare bones rock as theirs anymore, but please don’t tell them that. Since their first effort way back in the early aughts they’ve been unable to write anything but drum and guitar driven, proggy rock songs, whose anachronistic feel is easily forgotten because they’re just so fun to listen to.”

“From simple things great things sometimes emerge. I Know Two Notes from Seattle’s Cracker Factory is like a zen mantra from a sensei that loves Anvil and The Stooges. Listen once and you will not shake this lil’ melody, and when combined with the freakish bong hit cousin of a classic Atari console game video (delivered with aplomb by director Andrew Woods) it’s even more memorable. Cracker Factory dedicates themselves to big balled gonzo rock in a wholly appealing way. They’re currently working on their third album, No One Knows We’re Here, which is being co-produced by engineer/producer Scott Colburn – always a sign that one should pay attention since Colburn only messes with the good shit.”