More Pricks Than Kicks

Crown Heights

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More Pricks Than Kicks Review

by Jack Rabid

Crown Heights is probably the best unknown band in New York this side of the also criminally overlooked French. Having signed a deal in 1995 with a major label, American, after only a few months of existence -- yes, they're that killer -- it seemed as if their career was set to fly, especially with the release of this kicking debut LP. But before they were even given a chance to actively promote it nationwide, the label dropped the band, proving once again that young, unproven bands are crazy to ever sign major deals (no matter what they're promised)! But the CD exists for anyone wanting to hear a committed, passionate band with roaring guitars, that at its best (such as the title track and especially "Greed Kicks In") conjures the memory of the harsh, grinding, yet completely hooky and accessible Mission of Burma, Wire, Clash, and Gang of Four. Those were the groups that inspired Crown Heights leader Jon Easley in his early days with Boston band Sorry (over a decade prior), and he and his mates make a committed bid to live up to such a legacy.

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